If you don’t have a map, it can be difficult to get from Point A to Point B effectively. That’s not only true for summer car trips, but also for electric distribution systems. Distribution mapping and planning helps CMPAS members experience meaningful operational and financial benefits.
Knowing the importance of accurate and up-to-date maps, CMPAS actively helps utilities transition away from static, paper-based, CAD-generated distribution maps to dynamic electronic maps. Electronic maps allow members to visualize in real-time the operation of their distribution systems and see how well they are operating.
Distribution Technology Platforms
At the core of CMPAS’s digital utility systems are three major platforms – SCADA, Beehive and Windmil.
SCADA is the first step to helping utilities improve their network’s reliability and performance. SCADA gives members a better understanding of their electric systems history and the performance of each physical asset on the system – including substations, transformers, overhead lines, underground lines, capacitor banks, relays, and more.
Beehive builds upon the SCADA foundation. Beehive helps utilities map their electric assets, improve power factor, and better plan for future system additions. Transitioning to digital asset management tools like Beehive reduces the risks associated with relying on outdated paper system maps.
Windmil acts as the modeling and analytics nerve center of a distribution system. By harnessing the analytical power of Windmil CMPAS can efficiently and accurately conduct power flow and voltage drop modelling, reliability analyses, contingency and sectionalizing studies, short circuit and fault current calculations, arc flash hazard analyses, and much more. In a nutshell, Windmil helps utilities make better informed decisions, based on solid data and analytics.
How Our Distribution Technology Interacts
Ron Melson, electric superintendent of Mountain Lake
He did, and his recommendation deferred a $2 million capital cost for Blue Earth and its customers.
Tim Stoner, Blue Earth Light and Water General Manager
Nate Zimmerman, General Manager of Janesville Municipal Utilities