First report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – 3 months with UK Power Networks

During the first quarter of my E. S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st September to the 1st December 2014) I began work with UK Power Networks in their Engineering Standards and Assurance Team.

My core focus during this period has been on UK Power Networks’ transition from PAS55 to ISO55000 accreditation. To this end I have:

  • developed an understanding of the integration of PAS55:2008 within UKPN;
  • performed a gap analysis for the transition from PAS55:2008 to ISO55000:2014; and
  • worked with a small team of consultants from The Woodhouse Partnership Limited (TWPL) on the scoping and development of an “Asset Management Manual” for UKPN.

From my review of UK Power Networks’ asset management system I identified a number of innovative projects and systems that are targeted at enabling informed operation and investment in assets. These include:

  • The Distribution Network Visibility (DNV) project, which investigated improvements in monitoring, particularly in secondary substations, and the benefits that may be derived from improved data availability, visibility, and analysis.
  • The Asset Risk and Prioritisation (ARP) tool, an extension of the more widely known Condition Based Risk Management tool, which provides an analytical means for estimating and optimising the replacement and refurbishment of assets based on a variety of asset information.

During this quarter I have sought exposure to these systems and the value they add to asset management.

My work and resultant findings from this period are documented in my first quarterly report (PDF 2.1MB).   I welcome any feedback on this report and my future direction.