Ultra-fast Fault Protection Scheme Brings Substation Automation to Oilfield

Oil companies face a number of challenges, from economic to electrical. As Brazil's largest oil company, Petrobras holds a unique position in the industry for having pioneered off-shore deep-water exploration and deep-water drilling technology. But one of Petrobras' more unique challenges was met on land at its Parque Manobras oilfield in the state of Bahia.

Utilities and Internet Security Issues and Resolutions

Earlier this year, the Love Bug virus hit computers around the world, causing an estimated $7 billion in damages. Onel de Guzman, a 24-year-old computer school dropout from the Philippines, was charged with creating and unleashing the virus. In March 2000, two 18-year-old British men were arrested after an FBI probe of millions of dollars in credit card theft through the hacking of e-commerce sites led investigators to Wales.

Older and Wiser-SAP’s Customer Care and Service Solution Gets Better with Time

It was just a few years ago that SAP, the Waldorf, Germany-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software company, introduced its Customer Care and Service (CCS) solution to North American utilities. As with many new software products, the first deliveries were full of bugs, the product was difficult to work with and it did not meet the North American market's needs.

New Relay Technologies Drive Substation Automation

Substation automation is a catch-all phrase that connotes different objectives and technologies to different companies, and even to different individuals within a company. Perhaps the simplest definition is that substation automation provides a means for obtaining timely information to assist in making operational decisions.

Tackling Systems Integration at Rural Cooperatives

Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof is not a name generally associated with the electric utility industry or systems integration, but parallels do exist between the Polish philologist's efforts in the late 19th century and the back-office landscape of modern utilities.

Monitoring Lets Utilities Keep Eagle Eye on Power

Forward-looking electric utilities, like Bay City Electric Light and Power and Alpena Power Co. in Michigan, are responding to market change by investing in technologies that allow them to monitor and control their processes with greater precision, speed and economy.


An industry-funded initiative that aims to address the U.S. power delivery system's vulnerabilities is starting to deliver results, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Some Strategies for Success Can Lead to Failure

I've been hearing a lot lately about keys to successful IT project implementation. Opinions about what makes a project successful vary greatly.