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A Project Managers Guide To Data Conversion (Or, Six Things Your Mother Never Told...

Data conversion is only a single component of a robust GIS implementation. Depending on the size and complexity of the conversion effort, though, data conversion can represent a significant portion of the entire GIS budget. Unless the only focus of the GIS project is to convert the data, there are other critical factors that will determine the success of the GIS implementation.

Automated Trouble Call Handling at Atlantic Energy

Dispatching for an electrical utility during power outages is one of life`s most difficult tasks. For most individuals whose job it is to handle telephones, dispatch crews and generally facilitate the restoration of electrical service, life is made up of long periods of normalcy liberally interspersed with periods of intense activity.

Cellular Access for Substation Distribution Automation

As a result of deregulation within the electric utility industry and the ensuing increase in competition, all utilities--whether they be investor-owned, municipals, co-ops or government entities--are finding themselves in a position of either differentiating their product, attempting to reduce costs or both. The laws of the free market dictate that only the most efficient will survive, and in fact thrive, at the expense of the less-efficient competition. The recent wave of mergers and acquisitio

Nova Scotia Power Upgrades Information System

Privatization and free-market competition initiated in 1992 prompted Nova Scotia Power to review all of its operations to seek greater efficiencies. Their challenge now is to stay competitive not only with electric utilities, but also oil and gas companies. Management realized that using its resources more efficiently while delivering the highest level of service at the lowest cost to its customers was even more crucial to its success in the new, competitive environment.

Optimizing Performance and Reliability with Plant Automation

Carolina Power & Light Co.`s (CP&L) Roxboro Plant utilizes integrated automation and information technologies in efforts to achieve the lowest possible production costs through optimizing performance and reliability while meeting environmental constraints. These efforts are part of an ongoing multiphase Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Integrated Automation Project at CP&L`s Roxboro Plant. The project began in 1991 with Phases 1 and 2 (1991-1994) as a joint alliance agreement with EPRI,

Research Studies Identify SCADA, AM/FM/GIS and AMR Projects for Water/Wastewater Utilities

Water and wastewater utilities in the United States and Canada are planning 482 SCADA and/or process-control-system projects over the next two years. The projects are valued at over $325 million; 88 projects have budgets of $1 million or greater. These projects, and others, are described in a series of detailed reports published by Utility Automation (UA) Research.

Keeping Up With the UA Market

To keep up with the growing needs of the utility automation market, PennWell is proud to announce a major change in one of its newsletter publications. After a successful five-year run, the DA/DSM Monitor will be changing its name to UAnews. This transformation reflects the many changes in editorial focus and expanded coverage of the utility industry. The DA/DSM Monitor will be converted into the new UAnews format beginning with the April 1996 issue. Each monthly issue will include a feature art

Battery Monitor for Bus Protection

Arga Controls has developed a battery dc voltage meter relay with ground fault detection that provides voltage readings of battery. Also detects ± bus-to-ground and ground-fault voltages for protection of the essential bus. The ground-fault detection capability indicates the status anywhere in the system. Meter will immediately indicate that a ground has occurred; however, a time delay is provided to avoid nuisance alarms.

CAD/GIS Data Viewing

Digitech International`s data viewing product operates within major CAD and GIS formats as part of data capture services to reduce the cost of building and querying intelligent facility graphic databases. The system supports primary data conversion and data records maintenance tasks. Data can be inputted via scanning and vectorization processing.

Communicating Power Monitors

Power Measurement has added a large selection of communications options to its 3000 series of digital three-phase power monitors providing direct compatibility with third-party SCADA, EMS, DCS or PLC systems. Options include single-port and simultaneous multi-port communication using Modbus, A-B Data Highway or DNP 3.0 protocols. One monitor is designed to replace hundreds of traditional meters and transducers. The communications devices can provide remote access to measurements, waveforms, logg