Capturing assets: Connected network modelling enhances quality and reduces cost of eThekwini Electricity
By C Scherman and A Senekal, Aurecon Group
Electricity+Control, July 2014 (pages 32-35)
o Tel. 012 427 3607 or email Coert.Scherman@aurecongroup.com
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As part of developing and implementing an integrated infrastructure asset management business plan for eThekwini Municipality in eastern South Africa, eThekwini Electricity embarked on an initiative of capturing assets and modelling all of its electrical network assets. This article explores the various components of this exercise with emphasis on the solutions deployed to address project challenges from the municipality and service provider’s perspectives. It also discusses the resultant benefits unlocked during and following the project execution with improved detailed data availability and how this project contributes to the Smart Grid (SG) initiatives of the municipality.
The primary objective was to comply with the South African Accounting Standards Board – Generally Recognised Accounting Practice – Section 17 (Property Plant and Equipment) (known as GRAP17) and to enable the municipality to effectively manage its assets by providing a solid foundation of reliable and detailed asset information. Secondary objectives included a connected network modelling and enabling data integration between systems. EThekwini Electricity engaged the services of the company that the authors represent to assist with the data collection and modelling exercise.
- Capturing assets is crucial in any organisation.
- Asset management is far more than a simple matter of compliance.
- Connected network modeling simplifies and ensures the integrity of data of field assets.