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If converged solutions can be obtained, even when there are
data errors, those solutions can then be very helpful in diagnosing
and pinpointing their source for subsequent correction.
advanced application implementation. Beyond these mostly
vendor-determined aspects, there are multiple areas where
the distribution utility's project approach will have a major
impact on whether an ADMS with advanced applications
will achieve the potential and expected benefits. The utility's approaches to the project-planning and implementation
phases and then the long-term maintenance of the system
are crucial. The following advice comes from several distribution utilities that determined they needed an ADMS and
achieved and maintain successful systemwide deployments
with advanced applications.

Utility Considerations for the ADMS
Project-Planning Phase

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✔ The utility needs to build an enterprise-wide belief

in the value of the ADMS. Success requires the support and active involvement of people from operations,
planning, customer care and service, the GIS team, the
SCADA team, the IT and security folks, and others.
Stacking multiple justifications for the ADMS business case, in particular the advanced applications, is
a good strategy for building broad support. The value
that utilities can derive from advanced applications is
increasing in a paradigm where there are shrinking
traditional kilowatt-hour revenues due to consumer
conservation and DERs behind the meter.
✔ Advanced applications projects should have regulatory backing so that they can be factored into the
utility's rate case. The utility should construct a vision to modernize the grid with advanced applications as key components. This is not a difficult task,
given that the cost of implementing them will be
relatively small compared to the field equipment and
infrastructure investments of most grid-modernization initiatives. These applications help orchestrate
those field assets to be more effective and provide a
better return on investment and better service to the
utility customers.
✔ The utility needs to go into an ADMS with a full understanding that a successful system with advanced
applications will require continuous resources in production as well as during the project implementation
and commissioning. An ongoing operation and maintenance budget must be allocated in addition to the
initial capital expenditure for the project.
✔ The utility must be prepared to dedicate some of
its best operational technology and IT resources to
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the ADMS implementation. It will have to work full
time on the ADMS, or the project implementation
could languish.
The utility needs to plan on incorporating some respected superusers of the existing (legacy) systems,
typically SCADA and outage management systems,
into the ADMS implementation team to represent the
future end users. If such superusers are engaged early,
they can be very helpful in the change management
process. These end-user representatives should have
a distribution operations training simulator (DOTS)
available for use as early as possible during the project implementation.
The utility should plan to adjust control-room staffing and roles to include new positions focused on the
advanced applications. To dispel suspicions that the
advanced applications are being implemented so that
staff can be cut, the utility should promote the mechanisms to improve safety, efficiency, and utility customer satisfaction.
The utility should plan on a phased ADMS implementation approach, rather than a big bang. Successful
phasing has included SCADA beyond the substation,
the base DNOM, and then outage management or advanced applications, depending upon the utility's emphasis in the business case.
To stand up and then maintain the comprehensive
operations model that is foundational for an ADMS
will require data from many sources across the utility enterprise and beyond. The utility should adopt
an industry standard model description, such as the
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Common Information Model (CIM), for use as a data
dictionary to guide data integration and resolve information mappings from disparate sources of various
legacies. Embracing a standard data modeling and
messaging definition as a guide for integration will be
very valuable over the course of project implementation and long-term model maintenance.
Once the ADMS is operational and able to support advanced applications running reliably on the as-operated model, the utility should expect a high demand for
access to ADMS data from users across the enterprise.
The utility should plan to implement mechanisms for
externalizing large amounts of data from the ADMS,
which of course has critical infrastructure protection
and security ramifications.
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