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j5 International, a leading provider of Operations Management Software, have written a Case Study with a large power generation company – Calpine – who are using the j5 Operations Logbook, j5 Shift Handover and j5 Standing Orders across their power generation fleet in the United States of America.
Calpine’s project objective was to implement a web-based electronic logbook application for recording plant status, shift activities, open issues to facilitate the shift handover. The system and data needed to be readily accessible to all Calpine plants in a format common to all users. It needed to be accessible from their widely distributed facilities and at the same time visible from a corporate level. The challenge was to find one single system that could serve a high user load from facilities in different regions and with different fuel-types.
The j5 system meets these needs and is replacing all current methods of recording such information at Calpine. The j5 Operations Logbook, j5 Shift Handover and j5 Standing Orders applications are all in operation. Calpine has also been provided with custom configuration including the ability for each site to add its own predefined message templates. j5 has provided a central installation that is flexible enough to accommodate Calpine’s diverse facilities. Operators see only the data from their facility, but the data is visible at a corporate level for trending and analysis. This provides Calpine Corporation an overview of their corporate data set and allows analysis particularly in regard to their corporate NERC Compliance.
It has become an essential tool. Logbook entries from twelve remote sites can now can be easily reviewed first thing each morning via the Emailed Daily Log Report. Old school operators were initially sceptical but quickly learned how to use the program. The program is used by 100% of the employees, many of which had no computer skills prior to Calpine. Previous paper logbook entries were lacking and management oversight of the log entries was used mainly when there was an incident. The program is used to support plant administrative activities such as GADs, corporate event reports and used to monitor daily work activities. One of the other major benefits of the program is the Operational Order Feature. Managers now have the ability to issue night orders, standing orders and new procedures and then have the ability to see that their direct report received and acknowledged. It makes the employees more accountable for their actions and is just a good way to communicate.
Calpine Plant Manager