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The Role of Thermal Imagining in Today’s Electrical Utilities Sector

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In today’s society we are faced with many obstacles, one of these obstacles is the high cost of electricity around the world.  Electricity prices for commercial, industrial and institutional have increased a considerable amount.  There are many reasons why this is occurring, including the lack of energy efficient businesses, the need for further investments to hook up to other reliable and cheaper resources, and the lack of not being able to handle peak hours causing electrical companies to use other means of energy such as oil and gas.  Labor costs from outages caused by mother-nature, through thunder and lightning storms is also a major cause.

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Fighting Heat Stress With Effective Workwear

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In a perfect world, we could all work in weather-controlled environments where heat wouldn’t be a factor and comfort could be maximized. Many workplaces however, deal with very high temperatures and heat stress is a year-round risk that requires serious consideration. For many years the standards addressing the prevention of heat stress-related issues went untouched. Recently the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released an evaluation of the available data on this subject (criteria for a recommended standard), with the goal of setting a new standard. The report; Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments, contains detailed information to aid employers, managers and workers in managing the occurrence of heat stress.

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Cyber Security Strategy is a Must-Have for AMI/MDMS and DA Systems

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Over the past decade, utilities around the world have taken advantage of the many clear benefits that Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and subsequently Distribution Automation (DA) can afford.

In addition to the proven cost savings of automated and remote meter reading, utilities have been able to improve reliability and power quality in the distribution grid and take important steps toward updating and modernizing our aging power delivery infrastructure. Smart meters do so much more than provide automated meter reading; the power quality data they collect make them an integral part of a distribution automation system.

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Speed Up Damage Assessment, Assembly and Dispatch of Resources During Outage Events

Helicopters fly over the skyline of lower Manhattan as it sits in darkness after a preventive power outage caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York October 30, 2012. Hurricane Sandy began battered the U.S. East Coast on Monday with fierce winds and driving rain, as the monster storm shut down transportation, shuttered businesses and left hundreds of thousands without power. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT CITYSPACE)

In a survey conducted in September 2016 by ARCOS LLC (a provider of emergency resource management software), the software provider asked utilities how they manage damage assessment in the wake of major events like storms and earthquakes. Thirty-five percent of utilities polled said they relied on paper and pencil along with manually entering data in their outage management systems (OMS). Another 31 percent relied on electronic forms, but still entered data by hand into an OMS. Twelve percent made use of online damage assessment software, which was not integrated with an OMS. And another 12 percent had damage assessment software fully integrated with an OMS.

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Breaking Down OSHA’s Revised Fall Protection Standards for Utility Workers

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Ineffective or missing fall protection has been OSHA’s most-cited violation every year since 2011, and falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Year after year, fall protection remains a key concern for employers throughout the United States. Not just that, but electrical workers routinely face hazards in the form of high-voltage equipment, dangerous heights, and extreme weather conditions.

OSHA recognizes these dangers and in 2014, updated some of its fall protection regulations to keep employees safe while working at heights. 29 CFR §1926.954 covers PPE requirements, including fall protection, and 29 CFR §1910.269 covers electric power generation, transmission and distribution work. The agency hadn’t updated its rules since 1972 and sought to align them more closely with general industry standards.

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Fall Protection

Breaking Down OSHA’s Revised Fall Protection Standards for Utility Workers

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Ineffective or missing fall protection has been OSHA’s most-cited violation every year since 2011, and falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Year after year, fall protection remains a key concern for employers throughout the United States. Not just that, but electrical workers routinely face hazards in the form of high-voltage equipment, dangerous heights, and extreme weather conditions.

OSHA recognizes these dangers and in 2014, updated some of its fall protection regulations to keep employees safe while working at heights. 29 CFR §1926.954 covers PPE requirements, including fall protection, and 29 CFR §1910.269 covers electric power generation, transmission and distribution work. The agency hadn’t updated its rules since 1972 and sought to align them more closely with general industry standards.

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Software and Apps

WORKING IN THE THIRD DIMENSION

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Typically, engineering consulting firms have been designing substations using two-dimensional computer aided design software (CAD) since the 1970s. This common technique produces two-dimensional drawings that are completed individually by designers. Any change to the design requires the designer to incorporate the change in each individual drawing manually. This process becomes an inefficient design practice as it increases the potential for error due to duplicated information appearing across multiple drawings. Accuracy is especially critical in the final tender and construction documents where errors and omissions can be very expensive to the client.

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Sensus Reach Conference Gathers Utility Leaders to Help Build Smarter Cities

RALEIGH, NC (Sept. 27, 2016) – (Click-to-Tweet) – Communities across North America are looking for ways to take a smart city and make it smarter. Delivering energy and water efficiently is smart. Making data-driven decisions that reduce water leaks, limit power outages, ensure the safe delivery of natural gas and turn a streetlight into a beacon of technology is even smarter. Sharing industry best practices at the 2016 Sensus Reach Conference allows utilities, city leaders and business executives to get one step closer to building a smarter city.

Thought leaders and subject matter experts will provide insight into how Sensus’ solutions ranging from lighting to water impact the industry and increase efficiency on a large scale. Information sessions will highlight how the Sensus FlexNet® communication network is helping build smarter cities.

 

“By providing an environment where industry professionals can learn more about Sensus technologies and share best practices with their peers, we can strengthen our business and meet customer demands,” said Sensus President Randy Bays. “Our goal for this year’s Reach Conference is to exceed customer expectations by working together to build smarter communities.”

 

During the three-day, 120-session conference, attendees will learn how energy and water solutions can create reliable and efficient technologies for their communities. The most highly anticipated sessions include:

  • Smart Water Pressure Solutions and Hydraulic Modeling
  • Distributed Energy Resources
  • Cathodic Protection Monitoring
  • Practical Applications of Sensus Analytics
  • Distributed Intelligence in the Smart Grid
  • Building a Smarter Grid and City with Lighting
  • The Law and the Internet of Things

 

In addition to the training and customer-led sessions, attendees will hear from Jesse Berst, Founder and Chairman, Smart Cities Council and George Kunkel, Principal, Kunkel Water Efficiency Consulting. Motivational speakers include, Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to summit Mt. Everest and Passing Zone entertainers Jon Wee and Owen Morse.

 

The 2016 Sensus Reach Conference occurs Nov. 6-9 in Palm Desert, California. Register now.

 

About Sensus

Sensus helps a wide range of public service providers—from utilities to cities to industrial complexes and campuses—do more with their infrastructure to improve quality of life in their communities. We enable our customers to reach farther through the application of technology and data-driven insights that deliver efficiency and responsiveness. We partner with them to anticipate and respond to evolving business needs with innovation in sensing and communications technologies, data analytics and services. Learn more at sensus.com and follow @SensusGlobal on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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