Lori Gallaugher – Executive Director, Utilities Standards Forum
Generation, Transmission, and Distribution companies as well as municipalities trust us with their most pressing engineering, asset management and corporate strategy objectives related to capital and infrastructure projects.
We also help companies evaluate investment opportunities, identify pre/post-M&A asset integration strategies and develop plans to enhance productivity and profitability.
Utilities need decision-support tools to help guide their prioritization of assets and ensure that investments made to the system are prudent, objective and data-driven. Recognizing the importance of field-captured inspection and testing data, CEATI wanted to develop a reporting solution that would more accurately reflect the local conditions of assets based upon actual degradation modes, as opposed to relying on age to predict end-of-life criteria.
Underground cables introduce greater risks and complexities versus other distribution assets, due to the limited ability to visually inspect cables, along with the high cost to replace these assets when they reach end-of-life. Recognizing the importance for utilities to be able to proactively forecast when underground cable will fail and when replacements must take place, CEATI wanted to develop a guide for instructing utilities how to derive failure probability functions for underground cables leveraging their own available data.