Digital Transformation for Utilities – Operations
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- Apr 6, 2020 12:30 pm GMTApr 5, 2020 5:37 pm GMT
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This third article on digital transformation for utilities will discuss applications of digitalization in the core function at the heart of any utility. Operations involve activities such as allocating, scheduling and deployment of a variety of personnel, equipment, tools and vehicles that ensure a utility’s assets are serviced, maintained, replaced, protected and restored to provide a reliable service to its customers. Operations is responsible for operating, maintaining and testing large quantities of equipment and structures through their operating life to their eventual failure or retirement and deploying resources, tools and vehicles to administer those functions. There is a tremendous amount of data involved in overseeing these complex functions that involve scheduling, movement, tracking and maintenance of thousands of resources such as equipment, tools, vehicles, spare parts, work orders and personnel. The opportunities for better use of data are immense. This blog will discuss ideas for applying data analytics and artificial intelligence to gain wisdom about a utility’s operations to extend asset life, reduce maintenance, increase operational safety and ultimately bringing value and reliable service to the ratepayers.