This project will look to implement a new forecasting model from USA, to help inform future solutions across SSEN and the wider industry. The project will use GB Settlements sourced ‘fiscal’ metering information, in combination with SCADA data and weather data to:
The project’s aim is to establish the technical and commercial viability of using a Smart Hammer, with accurate and repeatable results to help detect internal rot or damage to wooden poles. It aims to identify if the Smart Hammer is a consistent and reliable alternative to wood pole inspections, through evaluating its efficiency and accuracy in identifying poles that need secondary testing. Earlier detection of a deteriorating pole will enable proactive replacement, preventing unplanned electric interruptions due to broken poles thus improving system reliability. The Smart Hammer also has the potential to be used by our field staff to more accurately assess the safety risk before climbing a pole.
March 2020 – December 2020