DRˣ: Distribution Reliability Excellence

Deep Insights and Actionable Strategies for Reliability Improvement and Savings in Our Changing World

DRˣ integrates outage event information, circuit / segment / asset data, and cost and work data from your enterprise systems with InfraShield Labs proprietary databases and machine learning statistical models. It delivers deep analyses for insights across any combination of time, organizations, geographies, assets, weather, and new load profiles (i.e. due to electric vehicle expansion) to develop targeted improvement programs and plans.

DRˣ is a sophisticated analytic platform that helps executives, managers, and reliability engineers to manage key metrics reported to management and mandated by regulators. These capabilities enable more effective and timely decision making, improved reliability metrics, reduced O&M costs, as well as ensure of optimal allocation of spend and maximum value from investment.

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DRˣ – Taking You to the Next Level of Data-Driven Insights

The entire DRˣ platform is a highly flexible/configurable operational analytics tool suite built around pre-structured analytics based on industry best practices and benchmarks.

Reliability optimization functionality combined with AI and ML support predictive analytics in:

  • Weather Vulnerability
  • Storm Hardening Priorities
  • Outage Forecasting
  • Optimum Budget Allocation Across Reliability Improvement Programs
  • Risk-based Allocation of Funding for VM, Inspections, and Other PM Work

Benefits of DRˣ

Examples of Value Achieved By DRˣ Users

DRˣ is Modular – Learn More About the Areas Most Relevant to You With a Use Case Available for Download

DRˣ WEATHER GUARD©

Leverage detailed historical and real-time outage and weather data along with AI and proprietary modeling techniques to predict outage locations and severity, allowing companies to mobilize crews and materials to safe locations ahead of the storm, saving time and money and reducing restoration times (CAIDI).
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DRˣ Weather Guard©

Network Weather Vulnerability and Emergency Response

DRˣ Weather Guard© responds to fast moving long-term storms and extreme weather events, generating reports and alerts to identify most probable service areas and circuits impacted. It facilitates resource dispatch to high-risk locations, saving utilities: time, money, and improving customer satisfaction with quicker responses.

Common Challenges

  • Utilities have been trying for years to harness weather and reliability data to predict outages and damage levels for storm preparation. Results using average weather data and simple outage statistics, even at the circuit level, are inadequate for the level of accuracy needed for solid predictions and improved response times.
  • Most companies plan conservatively, incurring higher costs, and then react post-storm to identified damage sites, rather than mobilizing crews and materials to the right locations pre-storm.

    How DRˣ Can Help

    Our solution helps executives, managers, and reliability engineers to manage key metrics and essential data. The Emergency Response Module utilizes the latest modeling techniques along with detailed historical and real-time outage and weather data to predict outage locations and severity, allowing companies to mobilize crews and materials to safe locations ahead of the storm, saving time and money and reducing restoration times (CAIDI).

    DRˣ EV PROPHET ©

    Use customer psychographic data along with other utility and external information to model which customers are most likely to buy electric vehicles, and help you plan where and when EV load will emerge across your system. This allows for proactive, integrated system planning and robust assessments for regulators and other key stakeholders, and will provide your planners with a much more realistic view of where system modifications will be needed.
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    DRˣ EV Prophet©

    System Planning for Your Grid of the Future

    EV Prophet© is the leading EV predictive modeling software solution for utilities. Its reasonable price point coupled with its machine learning modeling, visual mapping and reporting capabilities, offer unparalleled value per cost. Using our application utility leaders can feel confident that they have credible EV projection data to prevent circuit overload situations, thereby avoiding customer & regulatory backlash.

    Common Challenges

    • Poorly Understood Customer Behavior
      Customers resist registering EVs with utilities, especially with sufficient charging. Utilities struggle to: 1) detect EV charger homes, 2) predict EV installation timing, and 3) assess pricing incentives' impact on charging behavior. Understanding behavior is key for capacity planning and regulatory talks.
    • Extended Capacity & Investment Delays
      The process of siting, acquiring real estate, permitting, upgrading transmission capacity, and building new substations typically takes over five years. This leaves utility teams with limited time to anticipate EV presence and impact on their system.
    • Inaccurate & Limited EV Predictions
      EVs are imminent, but when and where? EV clusters will strain circuits, demanding new supply sources and distribution points.
    • Lack of Reliable Investment Forecasts
      Utilities struggle to foresee precise investments for EV- related expansion and staffing needs. Regulatory discretion in managing the swift load increase remains uncertain.

    How DRˣ Can Help

    In particular, DRˣ helps utility executives to:

    • Understand the non-linear rate at which load will increase and where on their system, and then plan accordingly for upgrading substations, adding / upgrading feeders, and making transformer/customer service wire upgrades
    • Credibly engage their regulators now in discussions about the timing and magnitude of the impact of this sea change in our industry
    • Produce detailed, accurate analysis and visualizations to educate commission staff and ensure requested funds will be sufficient to meet the approaching demand over the next 5 to 10 years
    • Demonstrate to customers, regulators, and other stakeholders their commitment to supporting growth in Renewables – both in their generation portfolio and in preparing their network to accommodate DERs
    • Develop insights into circuit and substation hosting capacity to support integrated distribution planning, with more accurate locational analysis of EV additions and other DER penetration over the next 10 years

    How DRˣ Can Help

    Our solution helps executives, managers, and reliability engineers to manage key metrics and essential data. The EV Analysis Module leverages utility and external data along with AI and proprietary modeling techniques to help you plan where and when EV load will be added to your system. This allows for proactive, integrated system planning and robust assessments for regulators and other key stakeholders.

    DRˣ RELIABILITY OPTIMIZATION

    Leverage utility and external data along with AI and proprietary modeling techniques to help you plan programs to meet targets, and optimize reliability and related capital spend. Answer questions from regulators and external stakeholders with less time and effort and greater insight into the underlying drivers of reliability and the optimum mix of solutions to adopt.
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    DRˣ for Reliability Optimization

    Target Each Dollar for Maximum Reliability and Customer Benefit

    Our lightweight, cost-effective solution delivers operational and predictive analytics of big data, focusing on the 6D’s of Digitalization: Data Validation, Data Integration, Data Access, Data Literacy, Data Democratization, and, above all else, Deep-Dive Data-Driven Insight Generation. Our application boosts reporting speed, enables real-time asset management, optimizes reliability, and leverages advanced statistical predictive analyses through machine learning.

    Common Challenges

    • Utilities are under pressure to meet constant or tightening targets under changing conditions and don’t have the tools to prove how regulatory framework changes would be mutually beneficial to the company, regulator, customers, etc.
    • It’s difficult to pinpoint the specific circuits and segments for specialty programs and how much to spend
    • Complex questions take a long time to answer, for example around forecasting to annual reliability targets and necessary reallocation of spend/resources and costs

    How DRˣ Can Help

    Our solution helps executives, managers, and reliability engineers manage key metrics and essential data. The Reliability Optimization Module leverages utility and external data along with AI and proprietary modeling techniques to help you plan programs to meet targets, optimizing both reliability and related spend.

    Client Feedback

    “DRˣ has provided us a large interactive repository for historical weather data. We can now use that data for analysis of Climate Change and correlating impacts on the Distribution system. This has been useful for focusing our reliability strategies and investments.”

    Manager Reliability Strategies, Large Midwestern Electric Utility

    Client Feedback

    “DRˣ has allowed us to more easily visualize the proximity of circuits and substations to new loads from EV Charging. It has significantly upgraded the accuracy and credibility of our forecast for when “EV Make Ready” system reinforcements will be needed.”

    – Director Distribution Asset Strategy, Large East Coast Combination Utility

    Client Feedback

    “DRˣ has allowed us to quantify the impact of resiliency investments on the distribution system. We are now able to judge the value of different investment options to maximize customer value derived.”

    – VP T&D, Mid-sized Southwestern Electric Utility

    Client Feedback

    “The sophisticated customer demographic/psychographic modeling of DRˣ revealed that early adopters of EV’s would be clustered on the distribution system.  In our case, 85 to 90% of the first 20% of all EV’s would be on 1/6th of our feeders. This meant that significant system reinforcements will be needed 6 to 8 years earlier than we had thought.”

    – Director Distribution Asset Strategy, Large East Coast Combination Utility

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