Pre-Storm System Hardening | Shore-Up Points of Vulnerability to Minimize Impact
Deteriorating equipment, loose hardware, and failed, or failing lightning arresters are the weakest points on the overhead grid prior to a storm and are the points most susceptible to cause a power outage. By hardening these weakest points, utilities will minimize damage and storm impact, reduce maintenance events, and significantly improve bounce-back time after the storm. Typically, Exacter will discover one point of weakness for every 5-8 miles. The potential of eliminating 100-200 post-storm repairs across 1000 miles of line during the intense storm recovery period can significantly impact the speed of power restoration, and alleviate a lot of pressure on maintenance crews.
New Data & Analytics for Improving and Validating Storm Recovery Efforts
Using proprietary Exacter storm health assessment technology, utilities can now receive unprecedented insights during post-storm recovery. Analytics that correlate actual conditions-based health assessments, GIS mapping, overhead inventories, and asset management are used to identify non-outage points of weakness or places where workmanship issues during recovery pose future susceptibility to an outage.
One application for the unified analytics is storm recovery. Overlaying storm recovery reports with GIS and Exacter data sets provide a more comprehensive picture for recovery activities.
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See Meaningful Data and Analytics Before and After the Storm
A utility had just completed Exacter surveys a month before some damaging ice storms. During the recovery effort the utility was able to have accurate information that compared storm problems vs. known system weaknesses prior to the storm. This allowed for meaningful assessments of damage, completion of related repairs, and optimized costs.
Benchmark Your System
An annual grid benchmark provides a pre-storm grid health assessment. The data can be used for practical preventive maintenance at any time. It also identifies vulnerable circuits or points of weakness likely to be impacted by weather events. And benchmark analytics can be used after the storm to assess damage and to measure storm impact. For rural cooperatives and municipal utilities this data can be helpful in qualifying for FEMA disaster relief funds.
Enhance Grid Resiliency and Bounce-back
Weaker, less resilient circuits are vulnerable to storm and wind damage. Conversely, strong, well-maintained circuits will be less susceptible to storm damage. Exacter analytics allow you to strengthen your grid at specific points of weakness making your grid more resilient to storm damage and able to bounce-back quicker with optimized preventive maintenance.
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Prioritize and Improve Areas of Weakness
Exacter analytics and assessments provide a strategic overview of the health and vulnerability of your grid. These analytics provide meaningful data for identifying weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and specific points for cost effective preventive action.
Recover and Rebuild Faster
In a post storm environment, you know where weaknesses exist. Exacter analytics allow you to overlay equipment, GIS data, as well as pre- and post-storm health assessments that allow you to target strategic points for priority action. New analytics and insight drive post-storm maintenance.
The Data to Assess Reconstruction and Manage Contractors
In the frantic pace to make repairs, not all workmanship is thorough and up to engineering standards. Exacter pre- and post-storm data is used to hold contractors accountable for quality workmanship.