Endeavour Energy is the first electricity network in Australia to deploy an engineering grade digital twin to combat the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.
“We are committed to being at the forefront of the energy transformation by embracing digital innovation,” Endeavour Energy chief asset and operating officer Scott Ryan said.
“In partnership with leading cloud-based engineering analytics platform Neara, we’re digitising our systems and embracing new ways to provide a safer, more resilient and affordable electricity supply in line with our customers’ changing energy needs.
“This includes investing in digital tools to make agile decisions to manage a vast network, as we transform to a modern grid that enables two-way power flows and greater choices for customers.”
“With a full 3D virtual model of the network to be developed by mid-2022, we will leverage the broad capabilities of the Neara platform to manage network critical infrastructure with greater insight to deliver enhanced operational efficiency and better reliability outcomes for customers.
Ryan said Neara’s digital twin platform was capable of processing large amounts of data quickly to enable Endeavour Energy to make better, faster and more accurate engineering decisions.
“The digital twin uses LiDAR data captured from helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and vehicles and links it with network data to generate an engineering-grade digital 3D network model,” he said.
“We already use this type of 3D digital modelling to better assess the bushfire risk of 12,000km of power lines and 160,000 poles to repair potential hazards in bushfire-prone areas covering nearly half of the Endeavour Energy network.
“While piloting Neara’s platform, we were able to simulate the impact of major flooding in the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers in late March to help restore power to affected customers in a safe and timely manner.
“Rather than wait for visual inspections after the floodwaters receded, we were able to reduce inspection times by digitally modelling the impacts.
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“By using this technology, we eliminated 300 hours of inspection time and targeted our response to the customers that needed our assistance the most,” Ryan said.
Neara chief commercial officer Jack Curtis said the company was excited to be partnering with Endeavour Energy.
“The results of our initial collaboration have validated our focus on solving complex, high value problems for our customers. We look forward to continuing to support Endeavour Energy’s primary goal of providing safer, more reliable and affordable electricity supply to the community,” Curtis said.