Power and renewables

North American utilities partner with DNV and Sisense to drive value through analytics

Utility asset management - Cascade

Electric utilities are joining a consortium led by DNV to create value with improved analytics and tailored dashboards

Cascade software is used for asset performance management by nearly 100 utilities in North America, ensuring safe and reliable operations of critical grid assets such as transformers, breakers, switch gear, etc. The analytics module, Cascade Insight, provides flexible dashboards for data analysis, supporting asset management decisions regarding equipment health and maintenance. Cascade Insight enables utilities to create knowledge from vast amounts of accumulated and real-time data from key grid assets.

Cascade Analytics Consortium

In June of 2020, DNV created the Cascade Analytics Consortium, providing a collaborative environment where Cascade Insight customers, DNV and leading AI-driven analytics platform Sisense work together to drive clear value for utilities through the creation of targeted analytics. A key objective of the consortium is to pull together utility data analysts and knowledge workers into a forum where ideas can be shared from a common space. Membership is for utilities using or trialling Cascade Insight and is on a voluntary and complementary basis. 

Innovation at the forefront

Some of North America’s most renowned and progressive utilities are members of the consortium. Through the regular meetings, presentations and project groups, utilities have been able to leverage the collaboration environment to learn from each other and to expand their knowledge base. 

Cascade Insight is built on a platform provided by Sisense, who are key partners in the consortium, helping members make the most of utility data collected over many years. Ultimately, this will help improve areas such as prioritization of asset replacement and preventative versus corrective maintenance decisions, among others.

Proof of concepts, real results

“The Cascade Analytics Consortium is about working together, co-creating with our customers and partners to develop new insights and address real challenges that utilities have,” says Ron Howard, Head of Electric Grid Ecosystem at DNV – Digital Solutions. “They know their challenges, we are just providing the framework to show them what can be achieved with their data and our technology. With their ideas, our domain expertise and the experts at Sisense, we offer proof of concept projects to move forward. Our customers are getting specialized dashboards and learning from each other,” he says. 

“We believe it is critical to provide an easy way to embed and build highly customizable and personalized analytic experiences,” says Gali Kedar, Chief Customer Officer at Sisense. “This enables more people to automatically leverage actionable intelligence.”

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