POWER GENERATION RESOURCES
j5 Case Studies, White Papers and Other Related Information
j5 Applications are used across the Operations, Process Safety, Compliance and Reporting teams of our Power Generation clients to improve communication and data collection across all levels of a power plant. In the past a mix of paper, spreadsheets, scattered databases and poor verbal communication have been used to log events within the Power Industry. Recent process safety incidents such as the fouling of a cooling water intake pump (Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Plant, 2008) and the 20 metre fall of half a ton of steel from a crane (Bruce Nuclear Power Plant, 2009) were partly due to inadequate Operations Logbook utilization. Unclear Shift Handover played a major part in both of these incidents with operators on the previous shift discovering problems and not relaying that important information in a clear and efficient way.
Regulatory authorities – such as NERC in North America – require that KPI’s relating to the performance of power plants are recorded and reported. The j5 Compliance Management application enables the various operations personnel within a power company to manage all of these compliance duties efficiently and consistently. In this way, it helps ensure compliance with internal policies and the requirements of the relevant local and national regulatory authorities.
It is also important to interface power plant IT systems together to provide a central recording and reporting Operations Management System which can be accessed from the Control Room and Field Operators to the Plant Managers to the Operations Managers. The j5 framework reads and writes data to popular power plant systems such as the Wonderware and the OSIsoft PI System® historians, maintenance systems such as IBM Maximo, asset management systems such as SAP and so on. This ensures that all the relevant data recorded at a power plant can be shared with the correct people in real-time. Corporate Senior Management can also use j5 Dashboards and Reports to analyse the performance of their fleet of Power Generation assets. They can compare and contrast plant performance to optimize costs and efficiency.
Power Generation Resources - Case Studies:
AGL Energy Power Generation (Australia)
Calpine Power Generation (USA)
White Paper: j5 NERC Compliance System
In 2003, the North East Blackout plunged an estimated 45 million people into the dark and triggered the creation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This act resulted in the appointment (via FERC) of NERC (the North American Electric Reliability Corporation) as the “Electric Reliability Organization” (ERO) and made NERC’s policies enforceable by law with penalties up to $1million per day per violation. This White Paper explores how the j5 NERC Compliance Application manages these regulations efficiently and effectively.
White Paper: Ten Compelling Reasons for Implementing Web Based, Database driven Logbooks in the Power Industry
In these times of commercial turbulence in the Power Industry, operating management face a massive increase in pressure to improve performance and efficiency and increase safety. Despite this, many companies still use paper based or Excel based logbooks which results in difficulties in locating information, poor data accuracy, security vulnerabilities, limited access with little control on the documents. In contrast, modern, web-based Electronic Logs use efficient database structures, are secure and scalable, include full auditing facilities, can be invoked across multiple sites and link into multiple other applications.