E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship Second Quarterly Report (October to December 2016) with Electricity North West Limited (United Kingdom)

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Feb 202017
 

During the second quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (October to December 2016), I continued to obtain a work experience with Electricity North West Limited’s (ENWL) Asset Management Business Unit to explore the subject of Asset Management Excellence. ENWL is a leading electricity Distribution Network Operator (DNO), one of six DNOs based in the UK.

My experience has continued to provide insight and a better appreciation of ENWL’s state-of-the-art asset management systems and innovative practices. The experience obtained has provided an insight into how the principles of ISO55001 international standards can be adopted and integrated into the business to increase the company’s productivity and efficiency.

The report covers the key learning through project works, observations, and interviews with leaders across ENWL. Specifically, the following aspects are covered:

  • Observations on ENWL’s business operation and example of good practices.
  • Implementation of the common network asset indices methodology.
  • Restatement of ENWL’s network asset workbook restatement.
  • Brief summary on the IEC Young Professionals Programme 2016.
  • Updates on the work of CIGRE working group C1.34 (Asset Management).

I welcome any feedback or questions regarding my report and the future direction on my scholarship placement. I can be contacted via my personal email or LinkedIn account.

Beer Opatsuwan

E.S. Cornwall Scholar

1st report – June to September 2016 with Electricity North West Limited (United Kingdom)

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Dec 052016
 

During the first quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (June to September 2016), I commenced a work placement with Electricity North West Limited’s (ENWL) Asset Management Business Unit to explore the subject of Asset Management Excellence. ENWL is a leading electricity Distribution Network Operator (DNO), one of six DNOs based in the UK.

My experience thus far has enabled me to gain a better appreciation of ENWL’s state-of-the-art asset management systems and innovative practices. The experience has given me insights into how the principles of ISO55001 international standards can be effectively adopted and integrated into the business to increase the company’s productivity and efficiency.

My report here covers the key learning through project works, observations, and interviews with leaders across ENWL. Specifically, the following aspects are covered:

  • Introduction to ENWL’s business operations and their flagship projects.
  • Project work on the implementation of the common network asset indices methodology and asset management of low voltage underground switchboard (safety driven).
  • Extra-curricular activities relevant to the scholarship plan.

I welcome any feedback or questions regarding my report and the future direction of my scholarship placement.

I can be contacted via my LinkedIn account.

Beer Opatsuwan

E.S. Cornwall Scholar

Final Report for E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship

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Sep 062016
 

My tenure on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship was focused on understanding how leading utilities are working to best optimise expenditure in asset management. During my 18 months on the Scholarship I worked in the UK at UK Power Networks and the USA at Commonwealth Edison, which has culminated in the publication of this final report (PDF, 3.76 MB).

I welcome any questions on this report or my time on the scholarship and I can be contacted:

Two scholarships awarded, to start in 2016

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Nov 092015
 

In June 2015 the call for applications was made for the next round of the E.S.Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.

Following from this, the University of Queensland received perhaps the largest number of applicants for the scholarship in recent memory.  A significant proportion of these applicants were of high quality.

As such, the selection process has taken a number of months to complete.  At the end of this process, two scholarships have been awarded – both of 9 months duration – as follows:

Scholar #1 is Mr. Beer Opatsuwan, currently an engineer at Energex

Mr Opatsuwan will be heading overseas in 2016 to study aspects of Asset Management Excellence.

During  the course of his scholarship, Beer will provide quarterly reports, which will be hosted on this website.

Scholar #2 is Mr. Stephen Sproul, currently an engineer at Ergon Energy

Mr Sproul will be heading overseas in 2016 to study aspects of Improving Network Utilisation, Renewables Hosting and Affordability through New Technologies.

The quarterly reports which Stephen provides throughout his scholarship period will also be available here on the scholarship website.

Both topics are considered to be of high value and relevance to the Australian power industry and worthy of being pursued under the Scholarship.

We wish both of them the best experiences in their time overseas – and look forward to them returning, to provide a benefit to the Queensland (and Australian) electricity supply industry.

 

 

Third report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – final 3 months with UK Power Networks

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Jul 202015
 

During my third and final quarter with UK Power Networks (1st March 2015 to 31st May 2015) I have undertaken placements with the Network Design Standards team and Future Networks team. My work within these groups have provided me with an understanding of:

  • The Transform model, Element Energy Load Growth model, and Imperial College London Load Related Expenditure model. These models provide UK Power Networks with an understanding of their long-term load growth, estimated customer load profiles, and long-term load driven investment costs.
  • UKPN’s application of the IPEC online partial discharge monitoring tool, which is used in proactively identifying and locating faults on HV switchgear and cables.
  • Undertaking large scale data analysis to assist in understanding and improving network reliability.

My work with the Element Energy Load Growth and Imperial College London Load Related Expenditure model have given me a working experience with these models, while highlighting their importance in understaning and quantifying future network challenges. In contrast my, experience with online partial discharge monitoring has highlighted some of the opportunities and challenges of partial discharge monitoring and its use in managing ageing assets.

My third quarterly report (PDF 1.6MB) provides an overview of this work and the its value to the electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

Second report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – another 3 months with UK Power Networks

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Apr 162015
 

During the second quarter of my E. S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st December 2014 to the 28th February 2015) I have continued my placement with UK Power Networks based predominantly in the Engineering Standards and Assurance Team. My work during this period, which was multifaceted, included:

  • Developing an “Asset Management Manual,” which outlines how UK Power Networks manage their assets and how their systems and process are consistent with the requirements of ISO55000. This document will play a key role in UK Power Networks’ transition to and accreditation with ISO55000.
  • Documenting the Distribution Transformer model utilised in the Asset Risk and Prioritisation tool.
  • Undertaking a short placement with the Strategy and Regulation team where I was responsible for analysing and benchmarking DPCR5 and RIIO-ED1 plans across the UK’s 14 distribution license areas.

Through this experience I have continued to learn about optimising expenditure in asset management, particularly through my experience with the Asset Risk and Prioritisation tool. In addition, my experience with the Strategy and Regulation team highlighted the role of the regulator (Ofgem) in incentivising DNOs to improve efficiency and reduce cost.

My second quarterly report (PDF 1.4MB  here) provides an overview of the RIIO model’s output measures and incentives, highlighting challenges they pose for DNOs and how similar mechanisms may be utilised by the Australian Energy Regulator.

It also details my work on the “Asset Management Manual” and Asset Risk and Prioritisation tool.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

Second three month period with Electricity North West Limited (UK) – my 2nd quarterly report

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Apr 042014
 

Please find (linked here) the second quarterly report for the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship which is a requirement set out in the scholarship rules. This report outlines my period of  employment from 1st January 2014 to 1st
April 2014.

This quarter my responsibilities have included:

  •  The development and review of CBRM software to meet regulatory requirements.
  •  Understanding the network pricing structure and governance of DNOs.

My program consists of one six month placement at Electricity North West Limited, based in Preston, United Kingdom (now completed).

I am now moving to undertake a second placement, of my own accord, at EA Technology during the period April 2014 to October 2014.

I would welcome feedback on my report (the main body is 14 pages – with the remainder being appendices that will be of interest to various readers).

First 3 months with Electricity North West Limited (UK) – my 1st quarterly report

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Jan 202014
 

Please find (linked here) the first quarterly report for the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship which is a requirement set out in the scholarship rules.

This report outlines my period of employment from 1st October 2013 to 1st January 2014.  This quarter my responsibilities have included:

  • Attending and reviewing a PAS-55 audit on best asset management standards and processes.
  • The review and implementation of the Criticality Index used in Condition Based Risk Management (CBRM) software by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) throughout Great Britain. A DNO is equivalent to the Australian Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP).

My program consists of one six month placement at Electricity North West Limited, based in Preston, United Kingdom. I will be undertaking a second placement, of my own accord at EA Technology during the period April 2014 to October 2014.

I would welcome your feedback and advice on the report.

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