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Is there such a thing as the right offline environment? You bet there is!

Have you tried jogging in dress shoes? You can do it, but not without hurting your feet. Same goes with ADMS offline environments – you can certainly edit in your production environment but at what cost? There’s always a reason […]

Not everything is better with a human touch. You need automation.

You might have heard that a human aspect makes a company better. Although that might be true in most cases, for electric utilities facing massive storms, nothing beats automation. A control room can feel like a war zone during storms. […]

Six Reasons to Choose Survalent

  Reason # 1: Customer centricity is the core of our business Tired of chasing down your vendors, vying for their attention to get resources allocated to your upgrade or implementation? Need your voice to be heard amongst the sea […]

8 Important Reasons to Attend the 2020 Survalent Global User Conference

On the fence about attending this year’s user conference? We’ve put together the top 8 reasons you should register today … this is an event not to be missed!     Reason # 1: You can attend from anywhere in […]

Schematic Generator for Faster, Easier Switching Operations

Time is a precious commodity in the control room. Minutes can be particularly critical when switching and load transfer operations are necessary. Schematic Generator is an add-on application for SmartVU that improves the ease and efficiency of switching and load […]

Expensive, complex, and time-consuming? Dispelling the myths about FLISR and LOV.

Utilities throughout the world are under pressure to ensure a reliable supply of high-quality power to their customers. Deploying Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR) is one of the most reliable ways to do so. With FLISR, you can […]

It’s Time to End your Reliance on Vendors for Upgrades, Configurations, and Implementations

Systems upgrades and grid modernization plans came to an abrupt and prolonged halt for many utilities recently, as an unexpected weakness in pandemic/emergency plans came to light. The problem? Reliance on onsite visits from software vendor technicians for configurations, upgrades, […]

Remote ADMS Implementations – Myth or Reality?

Pandemic response measures have had a massive impact on SCADA, Outage Management System (OMS), and Distribution Management System (DMS) application implementations and upgrades. In cases where vendors are restricted from coming onsite, many utilities have had no choice but to […]

Reducing Residential Outages Has Never Been So Critical

Never before has it been as important to reduce the impact of outages on your residential customers. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the majority of society is working, learning, and sheltering at home without any immediate end in sight. In […]

Is Your ADMS Ready To Meet The Needs Of Tomorrow?

The world of power distribution is constantly evolving. Decarbonization, digitalization, and decentralization are forcing utilities to adapt their distribution networks. Among other things, that means adapting the systems used to monitor, control, restore, and optimize energy delivery. To best meet […]

Modernize Your Network With A Single Platform Solution

As mentioned in our featured article, ADMS should deliver a shared network model and a single user experience. Many utilities are already migrating away from obsolete ADMS solutions to future-proof their operations. Often, they’re looking for a centralized ADMS that […]

Restore Power In Your Network During Outages And Storms

Outages are an undesirable and unavoidable part of maintaining a distribution network. When they occur, utilities leveraging older ADMS can often find themselves fighting an uphill battle. Older ADMS software with restricted functionality can inhibit restoration operations and increase downtime, […]

You Don’t Have To Be At Your Desk To Be In-The-Know

You can’t always be in the control room but that doesn’t stop issues from happening. Whether you don’t have a 24/7 control room, are a multi-tasking team member, are on a break, or are in a meeting, there’s an ever-present […]

Three Ways Mobile Crew Improves your Outage Management System

For utilities, an Outage Management System (OMS) is an important application for managing outages effectively. OMS, when integrated with SCADA and the customer service centre, can help you better coordinate outage response activities, resolve outages faster, and increase transparency to […]

Centralized versus decentralized FLISR – what’s right for your network?

Fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR) is a software application that reroutes powers in the event of a fault to restore power to as many customers as possible, as quickly as possible. Service restoration times range from sub-second to […]

Can A 2-Hour Outage Last Just 20 Seconds? You Bet It Can.

That’s the magic of a self-healing grid. Thanks to advancements in distribution automation, what would normally be a sustained outage can now be just a flicker of the lights. The secret is deploying Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR) […]

5 Reasons You Need an Offline Development Environment

Did you know that human error is responsible for 70% of all data loss? That’s a particularly disturbing statistic for the utility industry, when administrators import data from other systems and update the database and graphics on a daily basis. […]

Bring on the Renewables: Ensuring Grid Stability in the Era of Decentralization

From demanding renewable energy options to generating their own electricity, customers are taking an unprecedented interest in the source of their electricity. At the same time, all around the world, governments are setting mandatory renewable energy targets. This is a […]

Tips & Tricks for optimizing alarms in SurvalentONE SCADA

Whether it’s an open circuit breaker or a tree on a line, unplanned issues are always going to crop up in utility operations. In these situations, time is of the essence to identify issues and keep the grid operating as […]

Smart devices and DERs: how will their data impact utilities?

Without question, some of the greatest challenges faced by the utility sector in the last decade have been brought by on the exponential increase in available data. Communication technologies and smart sensors are generating massive amounts of data and the […]

Change is coming: standards and regulations in the age of DERs

Change is coming: standards and regulations in the age of DERs New opportunities and new challenges. Thanks to the rapid growth of distributed energy resources (DER), electric cars, and the IoT, electricity providers are encountering plenty of both. All around […]

The road to renewable: how and why the power industry is changing

The road to renewable: how and why the power industry is changing Renewable energy is an undeniable force of change in the power industry. It’s altering the way governments, utilities, and consumers think about energy and it’s forcing power companies […]

The rise of DERs and the decentralized grid

Utilities around the globe have reached a critical juncture. New, increasingly accessible technologies have challenged the traditional electricity distribution model. Utilities have two choices now: adapt their business and operating models to stay relevant or risk becoming a supporting player […]

Tips & Tricks for using SmartVU’s Trend Graphs

The surest way to prevent outages is to address issues before they occur. That requires access to real-time feeder data, historical data points, and baseline indices so you can identify when your network is trending toward an overload or breakdown […]

Tips to help you quickly generate reports in SurvalentONE SCADA

Utilities run on information. Every day, millions of data points are recorded from a wide range of devices and everyday operators run reports on that data. It’s a vital process so we feel it’s important that generating reports is fast […]

Cost is king & reliability is expensive

It’s exciting time to be in the electric utility industry with all of the technology advancements that are available today. The challenge, though, is how to filter through the many choices to make wise selections that ultimately meet the needs […]

Proactively resolve outages with advanced outage management capabilities

Outages may be a fact of life but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless against them. With the right information and communication capabilities in your outage management system, your control center can play an active role in minimizing their frequency, duration, […]

Collaborate, update, visualize, and share data for optimum system performance

Behind every well-functioning control room, you’ll find two critical factors: comprehensive data and good coffee. While we can’t help you with the coffee, we certainly know a thing or two about putting the right data in front of teams of […]

Conserve, reduce, and optimize with demand response applications

Customers today take power for granted … and that’s a good thing. It’s proof that you’re delivering a steady flow of power whenever and wherever they need it. But we know it’s not always easy. Fortunately, demand response technology that […]

Put the ‘control’ back into your control room

It’s a challenging time to be a utility. Severe weather events are increasingly common and technology is placing more demands on your utility than ever before. At the same time, customer expectations for reliable power have never been higher. We […]