GIS for ELECTRIC UTILITIES

The implementation of Geographic Information System (GIS) as a technology advancement in the sector enables effective planning in terms of transmission and distribution requirements. GIS may effectively be used for transmission line route alignment and geospatially mapping and managing electricity distribution facilities. Implementation of GIS provides a substantial upgrade over traditional practices and as such it has made itself an integral element, in terms of technology, in the Utility Sector.

CyberSWIFT provides solutions in the utility sector through user friendly, quality based and cost-effective GIS services in terms of asset management, network analysis, GIS based customer indexing and day-to-day basis performance analysis etc.. CyberSWIFT also specializes in providing customized Web based GIS solutions using client-server model to suit the business operations and planning needs of the specific Utility department.

Reliable and affordable electric power is a necessity for the operation of the constituent elements of a developed economy. At CyberSWIFT, we harness the power of GIS for electric utilities and analytics to facilitate the smooth transmission and distribution of electricity to aid in the progress. We utilize advanced geospatial techniques for network survey and mapping to help companies plan efficient transmission and distribution networks, conduct land use, land cover and land base mapping, manage assets, facilitate periodic updates, identify and eliminate energy loss and so on.

Key features of GIS for Electric Utility:

  • Spatial data analysis- Spatial analytics is one of the important key aspects for electric utility operations. To look on the patterns and correlations of different types of geodata like land, weather, terrain, assets etc. will be increasingly important. Power-related analytics with geospatial components which includes load flow analysis network fault tracing, condition-based maintenance, real-time disaster situational awareness, Volt/VAR analysis , and vegetation management.
  • Mapping of Network - The complete electrical network and network route are surveyed through high precision DGPS instrument, digitized and mapped on a suitable scale over the base map using suitable GIS software, accordingly the day to day changes in the network can be timely corrected updated on a periodic basis. Through software application, queries can be generated to find out the network details like the specifications of network elements, the length of feeders and LT conductors, number of transformers and breakers on any section of the network and any other such information as may be suited.
  • Customer Information Management System - GIS provides the complete information of the consumer and the network map leading to the source from where the consumer is getting electricity. This information can be used for Energy Audit, Load Management, Network Planning and analysis, etc. As a survey support, CyberSWIFT assists clients with Door to Door Consumer Survey services as well.

DISTRIBUTION

The electricity distribution system comprises miles of power lines that connect the end users to the substation. We conduct thorough DGPS surveys to map these and create a comprehensive GIS database for the electrical distribution system. This equips companies with the ability to locate connectivity issues, optimize usage of available resources, identify sources of energy loss etc. and make well-informed decisions based on these.

We had contributed to the R-APDRP (Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme) project by geographically mapping electrical network assets, door-to-door consumer data collection and indexing in a few states of India.

gis electrical distribution system From substations to consumers

GIS Mapping & Consumer Indexing

The process of consumer indexing includes enumerating the electricity consumers associated with the transformers. To accomplish this, we conduct detailed consumer surveys and map the networks with the help of GIS technology, collect valuable customer data including their consumer category, meter details, connected load and so on.

In addition to the R-APDRP project, we had also conducted projects that involved GIS survey, asset mapping, base map creation and consumer indexing in various regions of Manipur.

Meter Data Acquisition System (MDAS)

The main objective of Meter Data Acquisition System (MDAS) is to build a remote system to acquire meter reading from distribution transformers, feeders and HT consumers. CyberSWIFT provides a complete technical and functional solution for successful commencement and maintenance of MDAS that enables centralized meter data collection for implementing energy audit.

We worked under West Bengal R-APDRP MDAS module starting from installation of modems, establishing connection between modems and meters, communication set up etc. to ensure successful periodic data transfer at central data server.

Facility Management Services (FMS)

The equipment and infrastructure required for seamless distribution of electricity to the consumers need appropriate management and monitoring. We use advanced GIS technology to maintain electrical distribution networks, manage asset data, respond to problems, troubleshoot electrical systems etc.

As a part of the R-APDRP project in West Bengal, we had conducted Facility Management Services in certain areas of the state. You can find out more about the details and the objectives of the project here.

TRANSMISSION

Appropriate transmission relies on complete and accurate geospatial information that helps in the smooth movement of electrical energy from the power generation sites to the substations without any hindrance. We are equipped with the infrastructure and skills required for implementing GIS in transmission network mapping for managing critical assets, tracking obstacles etc.

gis in transmission network mapping

Transmission Network & Corridor Mapping

To meet the constantly growing electricity demands, it is important to provide reliable and safe electricity transmission networks. With the help of GIS technology, we create power transmission network maps based on area's distance from habitat and other hindrances for housing overhead and underground power lines to reduce interference and negative environmental impacts resulting from the same.

Land Use Mapping

Understanding the current state of the landscape is a vital requirement for planning electricity transmission networks. We conduct land cover and land use mapping to provide the necessary data for determining the feasibility of installing power transmission equipment.