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What are some of the main challenges a utility might face when having part of the workforce readily able to be distributed wherever or even remote amid the pandemic (such as office workers, call centers) vs. other areas where physical presence in a specific physical location is required (those overseeing generation, T&D repairs, etc.)?
Thanks for the question Matt and a good one. I'll split the response into 2, based on my observations from our customers: 1. Readily able to be distributed - Some companies here in Australia moved quickly to remotely enable their workforces and others kept key team leaders working in the offices. Those required in the offices were given priority parking and distancing of more than 1.5m...
We had a similar challenge at our concrete dams with internal galleries. Workers definitely share some of the same air when accessing inspection points inside the dam. A basic mask isn't sufficient while you're ascending 200 ft on stairs.
Interesting points. I wonder what will happen as restrictions are lifted. These new regulations are introducing new inefficiencies and costs into existing business processes. Somewhere, somehow, these costs will need to be accounted for.
FirstEnergy said that it has used drones to complete bird nest inspections and has helped install nesting platforms in areas where birds nest on electrical equipment. The utility said these efforts over the past two years are intended to reduce power outages caused by nesting birds.
Good points Rakesh. Nowadays, companies are chopping applications up into smaller and smaller components and mixing and matching the elements. Consequently, the ability to pull information or functionality from one system into another is greatly needed. New collaboration tools, like Slack and MS Teams, were built with containers and are much more able to perform those tasks than legacy...