A new CBM Conference showcases real grid challenges - See more at: http://www.insulect.com/news/entr

A new CBM Conference showcases real grid challenges - See more at: http://www.insulect.com/news/entr from Insulect VIC

By: Insulect VIC  22-Jan-2015
Keywords: Distribution Management, Technical Conference, Utility Engineers,

Insulect was recently in the USA for the first annual Conference on On-Line Monitoring of Electric Assets (COMET). Held in the great town of Austin, Texas and hosted by the University of Texas, the COMET technical conference was focussed on evolving technology trends and industry's best practices around on-line monitoring of electric power assets. Over the two days we heard from a range of industry experts on highly relevant topics such as: Lessons learnt from failures and subsequent process, monitoring and training improvements The impact of decreasing budgets, ageing assets and the practicalities of deferring asset replacement Modern monitoring technologies and how these are being integrated into advanced asset management systems REAL T&D CHALLENGES AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS One of the best things about COMET was the chance to hear firsthand from senior T&D Utility engineers and managers about the challenges they face, what practical steps they are employing to meet these challenges and ways in which they are harnessing the power of data to drive increased efficiencies across their operations. The presenters shared the ups and downs of their journeys, including near misses and preventable asset failures, as well as successful implementation of network wide distribution management systems and critical transformer refurbishments. Another great benefit was having industry experts share the latest in technology developments. Some of the stand outs included: Multi Function Recorders for Condition Based Monitoring Applying Travelling Wave Fault Location to Sub Transmission Networks and Cables A new approach to Transformer Bushing Monitoring QUALITROL PARTNERSHIP There were two tracks attendees could choose from: Transmission & Distribution or Motors & Generation. There was also an optional two days of tutorials for Motor & Generator covering Partial Discharge theory, application and testing. Qualitrol were a major technology partner of the COMET conference. A number of their Technical Application Specialists (TAS) team members presented papers for both tracks and were on hand to discuss these topics with attendees. Insulect will be sharing a number of these papers over the coming months, so that our customers locally can benefit from the many worthwhile and insightful presentations that we had the chance to witness.

Keywords: Distribution Management, Electric Assets, Qualitrol Partnership, Technical Conference, Utility Engineers,

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