Every power plant requires data to make informed decisions and satisfy their numerous reporting requirements. While there is a
tremendous amount of data available, organizing this data and turning it into actionable information is difficult and time consuming.
The varying metrics, output formats, and time periods required to satisfy key stakeholders further complicates efforts to derive insight
from data. The person responsible for providing reports has a primary job to keep the plant operating, the reporting of data is secondary.
Thus, it is important that plant operators and engineers have timely access to plant data in a shareable format because they often do not
have time to manually manipulate reports.
SPS combines OSIsoft’s real-time data collection with a proprietary data valuation process and transformation algorithms to allow customers to make informed, data-driven decisions that contribute to their bottom line and provide a distinct advantage in the marketplace. Power plant owner/operators are able to benchmark themselves against their “peer fleet,” track the age of parts, fulfill NERC GADS
compliance, access on-demand reports for KPIs, project maintenance intervals, and better understand their operating profile in terms of start time, fuel used, and power output. All of this is done automatically,
with little to no operator involvement.
Data flows from plant controls into a PI System. Once there, the plant initiates data transfer to ORAP through PI Cloud Connect. A Connected Services agreement between SPS and OSIsoft enables this data transfer. To access PI Cloud Connect, a “secure connect node” is installed within the plant’s infrastructure. The data that
flows between the secure connect node and PI Cloud Connect is protected by HTTPS communication with the SSL protocol. The data is then moved from PI Cloud Connect through a second secure connect node into the SPS data validation engine. The plant controls data flow at all times and at no point can SPS gain access
to plant equipment. The raw data is then processed through SPS’ custom algorithms and established data validation processes into the information required by each ORAP Asset Insight “App” that the plant chooses to use. The apps further process the data to provide the plant information needed to make business decisions. This information is summarized in a graphical format with detailed data backup available. All data is provided back to the plant via a secure online portal, ORAP Analytics, where all areas of the business can access their Reliability
Performance Benchmarks, including best practices within the fleet, frequency of outage incidents, outage durations and causes, fleet based event details as well as top contributors to unavailability. The portal allows the plants to choose specific peer groups they wish to be compared against as well as customized date ranges. Plants can also specify custom KPIs relevant to specific business needs.