Oct 2014
Electricity Transmission
Condition Monitoring of Power Assets (COMPASS)
Oct 2014
Mar 2016
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Carl Johnstone & Ian Kerr
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Network Innovation Allowance
The overarching aim of this project is to create an holistic approach to the currently discrete and separate power asset condition monitoring systems in order to optimise the introduction of improved power asset condition monitoring and diagnostics whilst reducing the costs and risks of delivery. This project also aims to develop the processes to enable a continuous improvement system for future technology evaluation, implementation and gap analysis.

In order to achieve this, the project will research existing and develop enhanced capabilities to convert data monitoring systems into actionable information for asset management and policy generation. Based on this, systems capable of measuring all required parameters will be developed and demonstrated.

The main objective is to develop a novel condition monitoring tool integrating various technologies and automating the process so as to provide more efficient substation surveying and reduce the possibility of errors at the time of analysis and tagging results to particular assets.

The project will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Better understanding of high value benefit areas for follow up development

  • Delivery of de-risked prototype systems: A standalone 3-D location system with automatic camera tracking capability and an autonomous, hand-held surveying tool

  • Successful evaluation of capabilities and limitations of solutions and R&D technology

  • Successful integration of solutions into quickly deployable and intrinsically safe monitoring systems and associated data processing system.