GridCure was honored to present a 40 minute talk entitled “Using the Explosion of Data in the Utility Industry to Prevent Explosions in Utility Infrastructure” at Strata + Hadoop World in New York City.  The conference, which was held in the Javits Convention Center, is one of the largest big data conferences in the world and brings together thousands of experts from academia, government, and industry.

I was excited to have a chance to talk about the rapidly expanding opportunities to analyze big data in the utility industry. Before the advent of the smart grid, utilities analyzed meter data by manually taking readings once per month. Currently, the amount of smart grid data recorded annually in the US can be measured in petabytes. Making full use of this data will require innovative thinking from the big data community, so Strata was a very appropriate venue to highlight some of the future challenges the industry faces.

Key takeaways:

  • The number of outages in the US is increasing partially due to aging infrastructure.
  • New preventative maintenance procedures have the potential to make equipment maintenance vastly more efficient, saving both the utilities and customers money.
  • Smart grid data can be used to automatically keep a detailed history of major and minor events that have occurred in the lifetime of a piece of equipment.
  • As demonstrated by GridCure’s feeder cable maintenance predictive model, the use of smart grid data can greatly enhance the ability to predict equipment failures.
If you would like to learn more about GridCure’s preventative maintenance modules, please contact us here