Our utility and technology experts equip your utility with best practices for supporting the complete advanced distribution management system journey – from strategy to results.
A more dynamic grid is pushing electric utilities toward adopting integrated platforms that allow grid operators to manage the distribution system from a single pane of glass. ADMS technologies enable this operational evolution for electric power distribution by creating critical control center capabilities. However, the complex nature of these projects requires effort far beyond technical delivery. That’s why many utilities rely on West Monroe.
We don’t just understand the core technical components of advanced distribution management systems, including outage management, distribution management, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and distributed energy resources management (DERMS) systems. We also have a track record for aligning these ADMS technologies with business strategy to create value for utilities of all sizes.
Our ADMS Center of Excellence equips your team with best practices for supporting the complete advanced distribution management system journey – from strategy to results.
ADMS programs require detailed planning that engages a diverse group of stakeholders. We understand how to break down silos and rally stakeholders around a strategy and plan for your electrical distribution system that meets program goals—and is well-coordinated with other utility initiatives.
Clearly defined business requirements are critical when implementing emerging technologies for electric power distribution. With your ADMS strategy as a foundation, we look at both current and future operations to define the architecture and business requirements that guide planning and procurement.
Our comprehensive business case approach evaluates various scenarios and provides a benefit-cost analysis for individual ADMS projects and the program as a whole. Leaders can see the true value of ADMS implementation and track benefits throughout deployment.
ADMS involves a significant investment with multiple large vendor contracts. Our proven vendor selection capabilities create clarity of choice. Backed by extensive strategic sourcing expertise, we provide the right level of diligence to set your electric power distribution program up for success – from bidding to detailed vendor assessment to negotiating favorable terms.
Advanced distribution management system implementation is a lengthy process, made more challenging by complex integrations and dependence on data. We’ve been down this road and know how to build a program structure with clear ownership and roles to streamline decision-making. Our program management office (PMO) provides skilled leadership, staffed by people who have led ADMS programs and can pilot the scope, schedule, and budget across multiple projects and vendors.
Addressing risks and issues early is critical to staying on a path to success. Our quality assurance oversight provides ongoing, independent assessment around areas such as completeness of requirements and design documentation, financial projections, and schedules. As an independent third-party partner, we work with clients to assess electric power distribution program health and identify valuable improvements regardless of where they are in the life cycle.
ADMS programs involve more complex change than other such programs. Employees must remain engaged and supportive over a long period, all while processing the potential impacts for their jobs. That’s why our teams include not only utility operations expertise but also change management specialists in cultural change, organizational design, and upskilling.
While ADMS transformation is complex enough internally, managing dependency with external services can be overwhelming. We’re ready for that – with capabilities for developing integration strategies, organizing interdependencies, and mitigating risks before they stall progress.
ADMS promises numerous benefits. Ultimately, success is about delivering those benefits – not just a completed project. We work with you to identify and quantify key financial, network performance, and project performance metrics and then track progress and overall success.
After initial go-live, many utilities seek to uncover new benefits. Whether that is implementing automation applications like fault location, isolation and service restoration, and volt/VAR Optimization, or improving DER operational capabilities through DERMS, we help clients develop long-term roadmaps and scope, plan, and deliver projects focused on further enhancing operational capabilities.