Network maintenance

Digitalize and manage preventive maintenance and analyze results that drive maintenance decision

A well-executed maintenance process ensures asset reliability, extends asset life, and maximizes asset availability. It can also minimize outage costs, but to do so must encompass factors that include system security, reliability, availability, and workforce utilization.

The dpPower Network Maintenance module helps organizations digitize and manage their maintenance and inspection work. Digitalization includes all major steps in a process, starting from maintenance and inspection planning, to defining protocols and maintenance activities, creating inspection routes and condition monitoring rounds, through to executing inspection rounds. With centralized, digitized data, you always get an accurate analysis that enables faster, more accurate, and more effective decision making.

dpPower Network Maintenance provides a workflow management system that supports a utility’s conditional-monitoring and inspection processes. It solves the typical challenge of combining the maintenance scheduling with restrictions of the network configuration.

In many configurations, modifying a switch can cause a short power loss that sometimes is enough to cause an outage on the customer side. That could mean a field crew being dispatched to a specific location to perform a switch or a configuration change, which wastes travel time. A best-practice maintenance schedule will consider resource constraints and minimize configuration changes while arranging tasks in the most efficient sequence.

 

Visualization of network topology and assets

Features for maintenance planning, execution, and follow-up rely on built-in geographical maps and network topology. Inspection plans are carried out directly in maps and topologies rather than on individual objects, as in traditional maintenance planning tools. This simplifies planning and offers a clear view of maintenance activities.

Each individual object has its own inspection plan. Inspections on a group of objects are planned by linking objects to different rounds. Objects that belong to a certain round are determined by tracings in the network, network searches within the geographical area, or by selecting individual items. Power poles tracked in the system need to be linked to the network first. After a completed inspection, all comments are downloaded back to the database. It is possible to list all comments in various reports, such as all observations from a given round or from a particular area.

Data on network assets selected for inspection can be updated by field crews via mobile data collection units. This supports the network owner with a powerful and fully integrated process for inspecting and documenting assets directly in the field, further improving data quality.

 

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