Burns & McDonnell has completed a large-scale expansion of its Asset Health Centre, a facility dedicated to analytics, data collection and testing of advanced new power equipment.

The company said that the expansion at its headquarters in Kansas, US, is part of an effort to assist the transmission and distribution industry in meetings today’s demands, particularly in response to an upsurge in renewables and other distributed generation being connected to the grid.

The centre serves as a free equipment testing and demonstration resource of charge for Burns & McDonnell’s current clients.Burns & McDonnell responds to latest T&D challenges

The company said: “With a surge of renewable power sources flooding the grid, along with new demands created by increasing numbers of electric vehicle charging stations and other new demands, utilities face unprecedented challenges. New and more advanced technologies are required to provide the flexibility and data needed by grid operators to maintain resilience and reliability.”

The newly-upgraded Asset Health Centre will enable real-time testing and demonstration of substation monitoring equipment and automation systems, enabling better prediction of failures and equipment deterioration.

The centre will also enable Burns & McDonnell to work closely with equipment vendors and suppliers to determine the resolution and data required for developing algorithms needed for predictive modelling that will enable better planning for maintenance to prevent outages and other disruptive events. 

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