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:

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.

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

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Dec 242014
 

During the first quarter of my E. S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st September to the 1st December 2014) I began work with UK Power Networks in their Engineering Standards and Assurance Team.

My core focus during this period has been on UK Power Networks’ transition from PAS55 to ISO55000 accreditation. To this end I have:

  • developed an understanding of the integration of PAS55:2008 within UKPN;
  • performed a gap analysis for the transition from PAS55:2008 to ISO55000:2014; and
  • worked with a small team of consultants from The Woodhouse Partnership Limited (TWPL) on the scoping and development of an “Asset Management Manual” for UKPN.

From my review of UK Power Networks’ asset management system I identified a number of innovative projects and systems that are targeted at enabling informed operation and investment in assets. These include:

  • The Distribution Network Visibility (DNV) project, which investigated improvements in monitoring, particularly in secondary substations, and the benefits that may be derived from improved data availability, visibility, and analysis.
  • The Asset Risk and Prioritisation (ARP) tool, an extension of the more widely known Condition Based Risk Management tool, which provides an analytical means for estimating and optimising the replacement and refurbishment of assets based on a variety of asset information.

During this quarter I have sought exposure to these systems and the value they add to asset management.

My work and resultant findings from this period are documented in my first quarterly report (PDF 2.1MB).   I welcome any feedback on this report and my future direction.

My final quarter with UK Power Networks – my 2nd quarterly report – Don McPhail

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Jun 012012
 

 

Please find linked here my second quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period 5th December 2011 to 4th March 2012 during the second half of my employment with UK Power Networks.

During this three months of my placement with UK Power Networks, I have continued on being a part of the Low Carbon London Programme, working as a Trial Design Engineer in the Solution Design Authority team.

The Low Carbon London programme is a UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) Low Carbon Network Fund supported demonstration programme focussed on the effect the transition to a low carbon economy will have on distribution networks. The programme is made up of a partnership of 13 companies, with UK Power Networks being the lead partner.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included hosting review workshops and finalising the high level design of the Residential Smart Metering, Industrial and Commercial Distributed Generation, Industrial and Commercial Demand Response, and Networks trials.

I have also drafted the Hypothesis Test Approach documentation for the Electric Vehicle, Small Scale Embedded Generation, Heat Pump, Industrial and Commercial Distributed Generation, and Industrial and Commercial Demand Response trials.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on the Low Carbon London programme and feel I have gained and developed a lot of useful knowledge related to my scholarship topic and the broader international power industry.

I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties, regarding this report or my proposed goals for the next quarter.


As I have now finished my six month tenure with UK Power Networks, I am taking part of the month of March 2012 off to spend some time travelling Eastern Europe.

In this time I will also relocate to the Netherlands where I will be commencing a six month engineering role with KEMA in Arnhem on the 2nd of April 2012.

Alexandra Price awarded new scholarship – to work with UK Power Networks, on Low Carbon London

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May 062012
 

Following from the call for applications back in February, a number of applications were received by the University of Queensland.

The Advisory Committee considered all applicants.  As per their recommendation, the scholarship has been awarded to Alexandra Price, an engineer currently working with Energex in Brisbane.

Alexandra is currently finalizing arrangements with UK Power Network, and with Energex.

Quarterly reports written by Alexandra, and provided as part of her scholarship experience, will be posted on this site.

 

Please find attached my first quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period 5th September 2011 to 5th December 2011 during my employment with UK Power Networks.

During the initial three months of my placement with UK Power Networks, I have been a part of the Low Carbon London Programme, working as a Trial Design Engineer in the Solution Design Authority team.

The Low Carbon London programme is a UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ (OFGEM) Low Carbon Network Fund supported demonstration programme focussed on the effect the transition to a low carbon economy will have on distribution networks. The programme is made up of a partnership of 13 companies, with UK Power Networks being the lead partner.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included the design of Electric Vehicle, Small Scale Embedded Generation, Network, and Residential Smart Meter trials, and the development of programme scope mapping to trials for a dependency management tool.

 I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties, regarding this report or my proposed goals for the next quarter.

 Kind regards,

 Donald McPhail

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