Jun 2015
Gas Distribution
Project Futurewave – Phase 2 (Digital Prototype)
NIA_WWU_025
Complete
Jun 2015
Dec 2015
Wales and West Utilities, Northern Gas Networks, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, SP Energy Networks, SGN and National Grid Gas Distribution
WWU – Steven Edwards – lead GDN, SGN – Stephen Tomlinson, NGN – Dan Sadler, NGG – Tony Nixon, SSE – Martyn Lyster, SPEN – Geoff Murphy
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Network Innovation Allowance
None
£961,978.00
Define

The Define stage is focused on gaining definition and alignment on the core project parameters, objectives and logistics. The project will start with a one-day working session with the core project team; supplemented by ongoing conversations, document/data review, and necessary stakeholder consultations.

Informed by the kick-off meeting, available sample scenarios and associated data sets, the Define stage begins with developing, defining and articulating the potential features and components of the Platform and its underlying business.

The Define stage will culminate with a one-day prototype co-design workshop where the following areas will be initially defined using the above mentioned work streams as stimulus.

Develop

Following completion of the Define stage and the prototype design workshop, we will commence an 8-week iterative design and development process with weekly live demos of the prototype as it evolves. In parallel to the agile development of the digital prototype, Fahrenheit 212 will develop the roadmap and investment case for the Platform.

Deliver

Following completion of agile development, Fahrenheit 212 will: oversee user testing of the prototype; organize a collaborative industry session; and deliver the roadmap and investment case for Phase 03.

To define the parameters of the digital platform, develop a digital prototype (with supporting commercial rationale) and test it with users across the 3 journeys (source it, build it, fund it) to assess its suitability for moving on to the next phase of the project. 

Success for this Phase 2 is to allow the Energy Innovation Centre and the Gas Distribution Networks to make the decision as to whether to move forward with Phase 03 of the project. This will be achieved through “proof of concept” via a user tested minimum viable product prototype that provides confidence that:

· There is demand for this type of collaboration platform across all user-types identified in the first stage of this phase

· The prototype demonstrates that data can be collected and harnessed in meaningful and productive ways

· Qualitative findings from end-user testing demonstrates that users find real value and ease-of-use in the platform

· The investment case demonstrates that the platform can be self-sustaining, through funding / revenue models

There is agreement that the platform can be delivered by the EIC efficiently and effectively