Emerging Trend in Substation Inspections and Condition Assessment Metrics Using Doble PowerBase
More than 80 utility and industrial customers use Doble PowerBase™ software for tracking protection engineering and test data though the system is not limited merely to these use cases. Recent examples by installed customers include substation inspections and condition assessments, both of which validate PowerBase for holistic asset management purposes and are readily configured using existing system tools.
Doble PowerBase is enterprise database management software for integrating engineering, test and work management data for uniform, source-of-truth power system asset records. For years, companies have used PowerBase to manage relay settings in parallel with Doble RTS™ test procedures to achieve trackable datasets and specific reporting to meet numerous operational and regulatory demands.
Doble RTS is universal power system electrical test software with procedure creation and field data collection features that showcase an advanced paradigm for accurately modeling and automating the work of the technician in the field.
The integrated PowerBase-RTS system provides seamless office-field data exchanges owed to mirrored database architecture shared between the two systems; test routines of any design, for any purpose, in RTS are linked to nameplate, settings, and work assignment data in PowerBase. The corresponding test results contain work completion data and verify that the setpoints, programming and performance of devices in the field match the data of record in the office.
For substation inspection and condition assessment use cases, administrators can create SmartForms™ in RTS that invoke logic to supply the correct data, files and messages per any given step of field procedures. Algorithms in PowerBase can be created to assign asset health scores to RTS results data associated with SmartForms being used for substation inspections and condition assessments. Doble offers monthly “1st Thursday” meetups of the PowerBase User Community in addition to custom consulting and training services to enable administrators with the requisite knowledge and skills to implement these value-added system features.