As every utility knows, you can prepare all year long to minimize the impact of disruptions – but you can’t always keep them from happening. When a potential disruptive event looks likely – be it a hurricane, a wildfire, a flood, or a severe thunderstorm – GE Vernova’s “Disruption Collection” kicks into high gear. Disruption Collection has three applications that empowers utilities with insights to help minimize outages, damages, costs, and confusion. Here’s a look at each:
Designed for planning and forecasting purposes, Disruption Readiness can be leveraged up to 72 hours (about three days) ahead of an approaching event. Drawing heavily on GNM, it analyzes weather and outage data alongside your network map to predict the potential impact of the event. This visibility gives you a clear understanding of what areas will likely be impacted, with enough advance notice to safely and strategically prepare your recovery crews and other resources.
Forget “riding out the storm.” As the event unfolds, you need to stay informed of the situation and know where you stand. Outage Assist kicks in for this purpose during the event. It draws heavily on GNM and Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) to show you what assets are damaged, their impact on power flow, and what resources you have available to deploy. This makes it easier to prioritize and coordinate restoration efforts.
In addition, it should be remembered that during disruptive events, different areas use different amounts of power based on impact. Outage Assist can be used to shut off or reroute the flow of power to and from high impact zones. This ensures maximum grid resiliency, even during times when usage is at its peak.
The post-event portion of the Disruption Collection, Storm Manager helps you coordinate your outage response workforce during the recovery phase.
This application provides an interface from which internal and external crews can be activated and managed. This includes all aspects of logistics management, including time and expense tracking, workforce communications, invoicing, contract management, and more. Rather than working across multiple applications, Storm Manager consolidates everything into a single interface, which field-based users can also access via a secure mobile app.