Apr 2015
Electricity Distribution
Virtual World Asset Management
NIA_SPEN0002
Live
Apr 2015
Feb 2018
SP Energy Networks
SPEN Technology Development Manager Geoff Murphy; SPEN Senior Project Engineer Nicol Gray; SPEN Senior Project Engineer Andy Wilcox
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Network Innovation Allowance
None
Asset Management
£3,500,000.00
The high level Scope of this project is to deliver the UKs first VWAM system, quantify its accuracy, performance, capabilities and the impact it has on several DNO work programmes, provide evidence and guidance to support the decision to adopt VWAM as Business as Usual (BaU).

To deliver this SPEN has identified several discrete Work Packages to be delivered under the project:

WP 1: VWAM Population

Focused on the provision of network data from SPENs corporate systems and LiDAR captures to create and populate the VWAM system over at least two vegetation growing seasons (at least 2 years).

WP 2: VWAM Evaluation

Focused on the validation of the VWAM information delivered and the quantification of the expected benefits achieved if adopted.

WP 3: System Integration

Focused on the identification and delivery of the optimal integration of a VWAM system into DNO corporate systems to maximise efficiency and benefits delivered.

WP 4: BaU Adoption

Focused on the identification and delivery of the necessary business changes required to adopt VWAM into BaU e.g. policy changes, associated VWAM specifications.

WP 5: Further VWAM Enhancements

Focused on the identification and evaluation of further enhancements in VWAM that can deliver additional DNO / customer benefits.

WP 6: Dissemination

Focused on the dissemination of the project learning to UK customers, DNOs and vendors of remote sensing equipment / asset management systems to stimulate the market.

Each discrete Work Package has Objectives:

WP 1: VWAM Population

  • To produce an accurate VWAM system in 2015 and a refresh in 2016 that is comprehensively linked to existing SPEN OHL assets.

WP 2: VWAM Evaluation

  • To quantify the baseline volumes, costs, accuracy of existing programmes in the pilot areas.
  • To validate the accuracy of VWAM representation of the OHL network and identified issues e.g. vegetation intrusions.
  • To quantify the difference in volumes required, cost, benefits achieved by the adoption of VWAM for several work programmes when compared to existing approach.

WP 3: System Integration

  • To map the optimal VWAM integration into SPENs corporate systems.
  • Deliver the integrated solution.

WP 4: BaU Adoption

  • To deliver the necessary business changes, documentation etc. required to facilitate VWAM adoption as BaU prior to the end of the project.

WP 5: Further VWAM Enhancements

  • Identification and exploration with VWAM provider(s) of several further enhancements of VWAM that can deliver additional DNO / customer benefits.

WP 6: Dissemination

  • Dissemination of project activities, scope, deliverables to UK DNOs, customers and vendors at several points within the project in order to stimulate the uptake and development of VWAM systems.
Each discrete Work Package has a Success Criteria:

WP 1: VWAM Population

  • The delivery of an accurate VWAM system that is directly linked to the unique identifiers of >95% of SPENs OHL assets within the pilot areas.

WP 2: VWAM Evaluation

  • Quantified comparisons of the BaU programmes with those based on VWAM. Including quantification of costs, volumes, compliance etc.

WP 3: System Integration

  • A fully integrated VWAM system, e.g. integrated into SPEN GIS and SAP corporate systems.

  • Production of a mapped VWAM integration for other DNOs to utilise.

WP 4: BaU Adoption

  • The production and acceptance of revised work programme polices, the production of specifications required for the procurement of VWAM.

WP 5: Further VWAM Enhancements

  • The publication of a detailed ‘wish list’ of further VWAM enhancements and the likely benefits they will deliver.

WP 6: Dissemination

  • The planned uptake of VWAM by UK DNOs and vendors, quantified wherever possible during dissemination activities.