Smart Maps provide more than the visual representation of the distribution system, they also include equipment nameplate ratings, electrical impedances, conductor lengths, and equipment connectivity and geographical longitude/latitude. The service encompasses three main components:
- Constructing a GIS database
- Interfacing the GIS database to distribution mapping tools
- Interfacing the GIS database to electrical modeling software
To improve the accuracy of future electrical modeling, CMPAS integrates GIS database and software systems with a member’s retail customer usage data and potential smart meters, and real-time SCADA systems.
CMPAS provides municipals with the necessary support and technical assistance to set up the required IT platform that integrates a GIS database with distribution mapping and electrical modeling software. In doing so, we help them overcome an information technology hurdle.
Upon completion of the IT setup phase, CMPAS assists members in keeping their distribution maps up to date on an ongoing basis and facilitates the retention of system documentation and organizational knowledge. This is particularly helpful when municipal utility personnel changes occur.
Smart Maps enable utilities to efficiently perform proactive distribution system analysis and comprehensive distribution planning. With these capabilities, utilities can identify potential equipment overload issues, low voltage issues, excessive fault current issues, protection coordination issues and arc fault compliance. Proactive analysis helps utilities identify and fix underlying distribution system issues that may have been an unknown factor prior to electrical modeling.
Distribution planning analysis enables member utilities to reduce equipment failures and losses, as well as improve reliability, power factor, voltage and employee safety. These benefits translate to spending financial resources wisely through improved planning and prioritizing for long range capital and maintenance budgets.
CMPAS distribution planning service:
- Identifies potential problems
- Evaluates economic and technical solutions
- Offers a project scope and conceptual design
- Creates functional specifications
- Prioritizes improvement projects
- Develops a long range plan/capital budget or maintenance plan
CMPAS analyzes and supplements the work done by a municipal’s current design and engineering firms.
Smart Maps will allow your design and engineering consultant to work more cost effectively for you in the future because the database and model will already be built. This will enable you to do more system analysis for less money and in less time.
Specific types of system analysis that are possible include:
- Equipment overload analysis
- Field switching studies for power restoration for feeder and substation equipment contingencies
- Fuse and relay protection coordination studies
- Volt drop studies and power factor studies
- These include determining capacitor sizing, placement of capacitors on the system and appropriate capacitor bank control strategy for switching capacitors on and off
- Loss studies
- Certification for utility CIP savings
- Infrastructure improvement plans