GridCure is on the road again! Our very own Head of Analytics, Dr. Kim Montgomery, was selected to speak at the renowned Strata + Hadoop World conference in New York City this coming Thursday, September 29. Strata + Hadoop World is where big data’s most influential business decision makers, strategists, architects, developers, and analysts gather to shape the future of their businesses and technologies – and Kim will be leading the charge with her presentation!

Her session, titled Using the Explosion of Data in the Utility Industry to Prevent Explosions in Utility Infrastructure, is about the ways in which big data tools are advancing the practice of preventative maintenance in the utility industry. Read her abstract below:

The electrical utility industry, an industry accustomed to gathering customer usage data on a monthly basis, now has access to a regular stream of data from smart meters and other smart sensors.  Analyzing these new streams of data has given utilities the opportunity to understand their customer usage patterns, perform preventative maintenance,  detect fraud, exercise demand management, and allocate resources more effectively.

Outages can cost US businesses up to 150 billion dollars per year.  Due to aging infrastructure, the number of outages in the US has increased 285% since 1984.  Utilities need improved data driven methods for determining which infrastructure is most critically in need of replacement.  Improving maintenance procedures for key pieces of equipment such as transformers, feeder cables, and reclosers can substantially reduce the risk of an outage.  We will discuss ways in which analysis of smart grid sensor data can lead to better methods for replacing equipment before catastrophic failures occur.

If you happen to be at the conference, we’d love to pick your brain. Schedule a one-on-one with Kim using this link!

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