Mitigate Flood Risk with a Digital Twin
T&D World: Endeavour Energy’s experience mitigating flood risk
11 July 2022
As Endeavour Energy’s Chief Asset and Operating Officer, Scott Ryan has responsibility for grid transformation, asset management and delivery operations for the safe and reliable supply of electricity to over one million customers.
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Extreme Weather Response
At the time, the utility was using the Neara platform to accelerate its design process and fast-track ratings studies. When the flood emergency occurred, the utility approached Neara for an urgent and immediate solution to understand the impact of floods on customers, communities and the network.
Accurate Data Classification
As a result, Endeavour Energy has worked to incorporate data from multiple sources across its business into the digital twin platform to build its most accurate 3-D digital model yet. An accurate model enables the utility to manage its critical infrastructure with greater insight, so it can deliver enhanced operational efficiency and better reliability outcomes for its customers.
Identify At-Risk Assets
Unlike buildings, vegetation grows and changes over time. Not only must utilities ensure vegetation, such as trees, does not grow into power lines, they need to ensure the vegetation does not present a fall-in risk. Neara’s digital twin includes a physics-based calculation to determine whether nearby trees might fall onto a power line, and these are highlighted across the whole network, so engineers and contractors can easily identify and prioritize hazardous tree removals.
Replace And Maintain Assets
Invest in the Modern Grid
Utilities in the U.S. can learn a lot from the success Endeavour Energy has had so far using digital twin technology. There is even more to be had, as the utility is just getting started. With U.S. networks facing similar challenges and utilities working hard to modernize and future-proof their infrastructure, a digital twin offers significant potential to improve customer and business outcomes.
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