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.


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.


Please find attached here my final report for the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship.

This report details the work undertaken during my voluntary second placement, at EA Technology, based in Capenhurst, United Kingdom during the period April 2014 to September 2014.   During this period my responsibilities have included:

  • The development and delivery of CBRM enhancements
  • The development of The Transform Model for a New Zealand distribution network company

My 12-month program was aimed at gaining exposure to Condition Based Risk Management (CBRM) developments overseas and the implementation of Publicly Available Standard (PAS) for Asset Management, PAS-55.

I would welcome the reader’s feedback on my report.


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).


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.


Apologies from the website administrator for the delay in posting this update.

Along with Matthew Zillmann, the University of Queensland has awarded Robyn O’Connor (an asset engineer currently working with Energex) with a scholarship in the next round.  For some background to Robyn’s experience, and focus, see her LinkedIn profile.

Robyn explains her scholarship ambitions as follows:

During my E. S. Cornwall scholarship tenure I will be investigating the impact of managing asset age and condition on electricity pricing.

I hope to broaden my power industry knowledge and experience in asset management standards and Condition Based Risk Management (CBRM).

I look forward to spending time abroad to broaden my horizons and work in different electricity businesses and environments. 

We wish her well with her scholarship.





Please find attached here my final quarterly E. S. Cornwall Scholarship report outlining my period of  employment from the 24 th of January 2013 to the 24th of May 2013.

During my final quarter with Iberdrola Engineering and Construction (IEC), I continued to work on the substation automation system (SAS) design for Scottish Power’s first two IEC 61850  implementation projects: the Windyhill 132kV Switchgear Replacement project and the Chapelcross 132kV Switchgear Replacement project.

After completing my placement with IEC in May, I was able to take advantage of the travel  opportunities facilitated by the scholarship and spend six weeks travelling overland from Europe to Vietnam before returning to Australia.

During this time, I was fortunate to be able to arrange a meeting with a senior power automation engineer at the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) in Beijing, to discuss the IEC 61850 developments currently taking place in China.

It should be noted that due to confidentiality, I am not able to include specific information relating to customer projects.

I welcome the your feedback on this report and the experience that I have gained throughout my scholarship tenure.


With one group of E.S.Cornwall scholars returning home, it was an opportune time to select the next round of scholars.

Congratulations to Matthew Zillmann (an Ergon Energy employee), who has been awarded one of two new scholarships.    For some of Matthew’s background, see his LinkedIn profile here.

Matthew describes his objectives under the scholarship as follows:

Recent years have seen significant increases in the price of electricity paid by consumers.

The Australian Electricity Industry has come under significant pressure to reduce costs and the minimise the flow-on impact to the end user. The most significant contributor to the cost paid by consumers is network charges; that is, the cost to transmit and distribute electricity.

During my E. S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship placements I hope to work with world leaders in asset management and innovation; with the aim of looking at methodologies and technologies that can be utilised to optimise the capital and operational expenditure on asset management.

We wish him all the best on his scholarship.


Please find here my sixth and final quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period of 4th February 2013 – 3rd May 2013 during my employment with ECOtality North America in the United States of America.

During the final three months of my placement with ECOtality, I have continued working as a Ground Energy Storage Engineer as part of the Engineering team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ECOtality North America is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, and provides Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and services for Residential, Commercial and Industrial applications.  ECOtality has also designed and currently manages the world’s largest EV infrastructure demonstration – The EV Project.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included producing a report that discusses the state of the USA electricity demand response programs, and proposes the technical/economic opportunities and challenges that exist for ECOtality to participate in these programs, as well as a roadmap and recommendations for doing so. I have also produced a white paper, to be published by ECOtality, on the opportunities to reduce utility demand charges incurred by DC fast charging units, by utilising demand diversity, energy storage system assisted recharging, and providing demand response to the electricity grid.

Given the confidential nature of much of the work I have undertaken, I have had to omit certain details of some developments that are of commercial significance to ECOtality.

I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties regarding this or any of my previous reports for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship.


Please find attached here my final report, following from my E. S. Cornwall Scholarship experiences.

During my scholarship I spent 10 months in total overseas, working with GE Energy in Atlanta, GA and then with Northern Powergrid in Leeds, UK.

My reports lists more of the lessons learnt through the scholarship experiences – the following are some highlights:

1)   We should use needs-based segmentation to effectively design and target our programs.

2)  We should increase data sharing and collaboration – particularly with smart meter data.

3)  We should use hypotheses when conducting demand response trials.

4)  We should focus on changing internal culture surrounding demand response such that people treat it as equally dependable as the direct load control (“the big red button”).

The ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship has played a pivotal role in developing my technical ability and broadening my understanding of the industry and world. I would like to thank the scholarship committee for awarding the scholarship to me and Energex for financially supporting the opportunity. I would also like to thank GE Energy and Northern Powergrid for entrusting me with important work and supporting my cultural assimilation in the USA and UK respectively.

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