New LOAD software finds power transmission bottlenecks

CORVALLIS, Ore., April 25, 2005 — A new software module designed to allow utilities to maximize electrical transmission capacity on their lines is available from Digital Inspections. LOAD (Line Optimization & Analysis Database) is a unique program that factors actual data from line equipment with anticipated variables such as climate and time limits to target which element within a line is the bottleneck for ampacity.

By defining a transmission or distribution line and all its associated equipment, creating a thermal ratings standard, and selecting the environmental conditions within LOAD, factors that limit increases in capacity can be identified.

Digital Inspections, a pioneer in utility equipment health systems, has introduced LOAD as a new product directed to the transmission and distribution organizations within the utilities industry. “We foresee LOAD being complemented with more software modules for use in Transmission and Distribution. Digital Inspections is very customer requirements-driven and we enjoy solving difficult technical problems the industry brings us,” stated CC Wilson, President of Digital Inspections.

About Digital Inspections [ www.digitalinspections.com ]

Digital Inspections, a KEMA company, creates field and office-based logistics systems for utility maintenance management. The Digital Inspections Cascadeâ„- system was designed to provide electric utilities with the finest asset management and maintenance system available for substation, transmission, distribution, system protection and generation maintenance and operations. The features contained in Cascade are based on Digital Inspections’ twenty years experience with its utility customer base and its dedication to Equipment Health.

About KEMA [ www.kema.com ]

KEMA is an independent company with an international reputation for technical and management consultancy, testing, inspections and certification for businesses in the energy industry, assisting more than 500 clients in more than 70 countries. Headquartered in Arnhem, the Netherlands with subsidiaries and offices worldwide, KEMA employs more than 1,500 full-time professionals and leading experts in many facets of the energy utility industry.

Founded in 1927, KEMA serves the complete spectrum of participants in the energy marketplace and offers a full complement of services supporting generation through the consumer side of the meter. KEMA’s North American business operations are headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.


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