Powel NETBAS has been a market leader within grid management for over 30 years. The solution offers reliable and secure documentation of the cable networks of grid companies throughout the Nordic region.
“NETBAS is a business-critical system for us. It is vital to have reliable and secure documentation in one place – and NETBAS gives us this,” says Roger Espen, NIS systems administrator at TrønderEnergi Nett.
Powel NETBAS is designed to provide an overview of all parts of the cable network. The solution is used to plan, analyse, build, operate and maintain the power grid.
“NETBAS is a master data system, which provides a good overview of critical infrastructure — like our power grid. The solution is a network information system (NIS). Esri has therefore been an important partner for us in the development of the solution, along with our many good customers,” says the product manager for NETBAS at Powel, Kjetil Kvamme.
New and intuitive user interface
Many of the largest Norwegian grid companies have been using NETBAS in their day-to-day work for several decades. Powel also has major NETBAS customers such as Vattenfall and Ellevio outside Norway. Over the past few years, the master data solution has been enhanced with a new and very user-friendly interface, with intuitive work areas, process support and simpler administration.
“Everything from substation, cables, transformers, cabinets, ditches and poles to customers to production sources on the grid such as power stations, solar cells and wind turbines is documented and correctly located geographically on the map within NETBAS. The solution has evolved to be more user-friendly and flexible. Today, NETBAS interacts well with many other solutions, including operations systems such as ADMS,” says Kvamme.
More automated processes
One of the advantages of NETBAS is that the cable network and everything else that is documented in the tool can be presented in one map view. It is also possible to combine the maps in NETBAS with external map sources and run advanced analyses of the power grid to uncover errors and plan for expansion or maintenance.
“Several of the work processes in NETBAS have been automated in recent years, which saves the grid companies a lot of time and money. This applies to both maintenance, which can be more targeted than before, and to more accurate documentation,” says Kvamme.
“Speeded up our clean-up job by 90 per cent”
Eidsiva Nett can endorse this. They recently carried out a digital clean-up of 84,000 pylons. Large parts of the clean-up job were carried out using a specially developed software program within NETBAS. The script made it possible to automate much of the clean-up job. Many GIS analyses in ArcGIS Pro were also used. To measure and display progress, they developed a dashboard based on the Operation Dashboard for ArcGIS.
"The script run corrected errors to an accuracy of 31 centimetres and speeded up our clean-up job by 90 per cent," says the quality manager at Eidsiva Nett, Jan Brede Knutsen.
“The development job itself was demanding, but now we can reuse the code in other projects that we want to implement,” says the quality manager at Eidsiva Nett, Jan Brede Knutsen.
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