Top 10 Insights From the Energy Central PowerSession With Locusview on "Can Integrating Design, Construction and Grid Data Make a Digital Twin a Reality?"

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Vice President of Business Development Locusview

Danny leads the business development efforts at Locusview focusing on expanding digital as-builting to the electric utility and telecom markets. He has >20 years of experience in the utility...

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Did you skip the Energy Central PowerSession with Locusview? Here’s what you missed:


Last month, Locusview hosted an Energy Central PowerSession titled "Can Integrating Design, Construction and Grid Data Make a Digital Twin a Reality?" An expert panel of industry leaders including EPRI Technical Executive Randy Rhodes, Between the Poles Principal Geoff Zeiss, Spatial Business Systems President Dennis Beck, and Locusview VP of Business Development Danny Petrecca shared their expertise with the attendees.


From capturing accurate infrastructure data to utilizing intelligent design to the future of urban planning, the PowerSession covered some of the most critical issues facing the utilities industry. 


At the heart of the discussion was the importance of a Digital Twin. By ensuring better design and workflows, the opportunity to incorporate more advanced systems which require a Digital Twin can improve utilities’ operations.


Here are the top 10 takeaways from the PowerSession:


Intelligent Design Is the Foundation of a Digital Twin - Dennis Beck


  1. When we look at intelligent design and how it relates to digital twins, design really is the foundation. That's where the inception of a new asset that's part of anything you build starts. When we look at the asset life cycle, that's absolutely the beginning. Better designs are going to lead to better results and better information to support the construction process and everything that follows thereafter.

  2. If you really look at what makes a digital twin work, it’s how it ties into workflows, and utilities are all about workflows to get important tasks accomplished.

  3. A digital twin changes everything. There are tactical things you can do that have short-term justification and there are long-term things you can do that can make transformative differences. I would encourage anyone to start small, focus, but have a big vision in mind.


Grid Transformation Demands a Digital Construction Workflow - Danny Petrecca


  1. There's an undeniable fact that ADMS and DER systems are network data hungry and require digital twins.

  2. The grid transformation that these systems promise demands a better and fully digital mobile construction workflow, yet it's still driven by paper.


Mobile and Cloud Computing and Accessible GPS Are Important Evolutions of Technology - Geoff Zeiss


  1. The US spends close to $10 billion a year locating underground assets. It's paradoxical that we can place a satellite up 600 kilometers and it can detect things at the centimeter level, but 6 feet under, we don't know where things are. Thanks to innovations in mapping underground infrastructures, this is changing.

  2. Mobile cloud computing is accelerating data capture in the field. Crews can use a handheld computer with RTK for accurate positioning, allowing them to collect data in real time, unlike days or months later, as is typical with paper as-builting. Asset data can be captured, uploaded to the cloud, and it's shareable within minutes. This is a really important evolution of technology.


Digital Twins Are a Key Development of Urban Planning - Randy Rhodes


  1. Over the next 5 years, there's going to be a really dramatic transformation of what happens in the field...the availability of 5G; massive spatial data marts available, being able to get data via the cloud; and even edge computing. One of the things we're looking at very closely is how to maintain the integrity and the uniqueness of the network model from the design all the way along this digital the edge.

  2. We've layered on top decarbonization goals and high penetration DER goals in many parts of the world. This changes the whole playing field.

  3. To successfully achieve a Digital Twin, first support the virtualizer, the person who captures the digital data by building a wide collection of imagery. Then, build a model and simulate the system. Finally, create the experience. Focus on one story...and think broadly about the changing regulatory and climatic conditions and the challenges that are in front of us. Which experience will help the executives in your organization understand the impact of design decisions and how we move this data into a Digital Twin?


It’s clear that in order to make a Digital Twin a reality and realize its full benefits, utilities must improve designs, enable real-time data collection, and empower their organizations with cutting-edge technologies.


If you were unable to attend the event, feel free to listen on demand here.

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Matt Chester on Jun 16, 2021

Over the next 5 years, there's going to be a really dramatic transformation of what happens in the field...the availability of 5G; massive spatial data marts available, being able to get data via the cloud; and even edge computing

Really exciting to see these concepts go from concept that is theoretically possible to actually having the horsepower to put them into action. Quite a time to be in this space!

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