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Reference Number NIA_NGGD0015
Title SEAMS Analytical Pilot
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 75%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 November 2013
End Date 01 April 2015
Duration 17 months
Total Grant Value £122,724
Industrial Sectors Information Technologies
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGGD0015
Objectives Development of an innovative pilot software model for single asset class determination, using Skipworth Engelhardt Asset Management Strategies Limited (SEAMS) software, to demonstrate analytical capabilities and to deploy a system that will enable National Grid to link asset management risk, financial outputs and regulatory outcomes as well as: Identify the investment questions that National Grid (NG) will want to address with their decision support tools. Deliver an analytical solution of a deterioration model for a single class for use in National Grid’s on-going RIIO work. Pilot the application of WiLCO software for that single asset class. Further define the roadmap for implementation of decision support, identifying the benefits being realised and the associated implications for NG in data and resources. Demonstrate the benefits of moving to a stable technology platform for investment planningIdentify what is possible with the information available and where gaps may exist Success of the pilot will identify the level of efficiency afforded by the use of SEAMS as a single decision platform. This will be a requisite of the production of the deterioration model for a single asset class and roadmap for full SEAMS implementation. The deterioration models will be for both failure rates and condition based models but will only cover repairable failures.
Abstract National Grid is obliged under the RIIO regulatory framework to develop a more comprehensive view of its assets and their management, in order to effectively manage future investment and risk. Currently the majority of National Grid Gas Distribution’s asset management tools are spreadsheet based and, whilst they are fairly sophisticated in their assessment of their associated asset, their separation from other tools make investment decisions across the entire asset fleet more difficult. There are also other tools which are used, such as the ‘intervals’ pipeline maintenance scheduler, which would benefit from assimilation into an all encompassing software system. A new innovative software tool including the incorporation of the functionality of financial modelling, as well as the efficiency and transparency benefits of a single platform, would offer the ability to address this need, as well as potentially interacting with National Grid’s own internal systems to deliver a more integrated approach. The ultimate result would be a better insight in to the deterioration of National Grid Gas Distribution assets and the ability to pinpoint where future investment is required to deliver the greatest reduction in risk. This would correspond to increased efficiency and a safer network. This project requires the collection of appropriate data and development of deterioration curves for a single asset class. A WiLCO model for this single asset class will be produced to deliver business requirements and the ‘art of the possible’ will allow the identification of gaps and constraints such as available data before considering possible ways forward in the development of the wider project based upon knowledge of pilot and gaps identified.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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