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Distribution Asset Management

Improving the utilization and lifespan of existing Transmission and Distribution assets.

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Kinectrics’ goal in its work with Distribution utilities is to contribute to overall cost-effectiveness by helping clients take advantage of opportunities and improve their existing Distribution asset utilization.

The first step is to review and understand the present condition and utilization of Transmission and Distribution assets. New planning and operation technologies may then be applied to enable better use and extend asset life.

Complete Services and Capabilities

Transmission and Distribution asset condition assessment and optimization of utilization is a broad category in which our work is specifically tailored to what your system requires. The following is a list of the major service categories.

Evaluations of Asset Condition and Utilization

  • Determine the condition of Distribution assets on your system
  • Establish asset utilization criteria (factors affecting utilization, voltage and ampacity costs)
  • Determine specific Distribution components that are overloaded or underloaded
  • Calculate cost-effective design load levels and operating load limits
  • Evaluate cost of loss of asset life
  • Audit Distribution asset condition and utilization, and benchmark against that of similar utilities

Strategic Planning Study

  • Develop rationale for long-term design decisionsOptimize system topology (radial, open loop, closed loop, and network)
  • Assess voltage adequacy
  • Plan for gradual transition to upgraded voltages or modern feeder styles
    • Partial discharge (PD): electrical and ultrasonic
    • Power factor testing
    • Frequency response analysis (FRA)
    • DC return voltage, dielectric spectroscopy measurements
    • Dissolved gas-in-oil (DGA) analysis

System Performance Improvement

  • Evaluate present system performance and compare to requirements and “best practice”
  • Identify cost-effective methods to improve reliability or power quality

Review of Maintenance Practices

  • Review cost-effectiveness of maintenance techniques
  • Determine optimal maintenance levels based on reliability expectations
  • Select between a time-based vs. condition-based maintenance cycle

Remaining Asset Life Estimation

  • Compute loss-of-life based on loading profiles
  • Assess effects of refurbishment on life expectancy
  • Determine appropriate capital spending

Physical Failure Evaluation and Condition Assessment of Assets

  • Conduct failure investigations
  • Assess conductors and wood poles for remaining life

 Loss Evaluation and Reduction Plan

  • Determine best method for cost-of-losses accounting
  • Model system losses and cost of losses
  • Determine the most cost-effective method to reduce losses

Review of Condition Monitoring Program

Assess the applicability and effectiveness of program alternatives including:

  • Visual inspection
  • Infrared imaging
  • Wood pole density techniques

System Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Specify, plan, install, integrate and/or maintain Distribution monitoring
  • Convert “data-overload” to useful management information

Protection Coordination

  • Conduct computerized protection coordination
  • Assess protection plan and develop improved protection schemes
  • Test for proper coordination (on site or in the laboratory)
  • Specify protective devices and coordination for Distributed Generation

Load Management Services

Assess Distribution system loading and develop strategies for:
  • Peak clipping
  • Valley filling
  • Load deferral
  • Conservation
  • Load curtailment
  • Application of Distributed Generation