PCI’s end-to-end enterprise-wide platform delivers a range of solutions, including Outage Management (OMS), ETRM, Bidding & Settlement modules, and Energy Accounting for Generation and Transmission companies across the globe.
This blog post focuses on PCI’s OMS system, one of the market’s most comprehensive, flexible, and customizable outage management systems.
Our OMS can be used either stand-alone or as part of our enterprise platform. Customers can start with one and, over time, add other modules of the platform for a tightly integrated and efficient solution with a unified 24/7 support option.
Most generation and transmission companies in Australia use homegrown systems for outage management. While these systems work, they’re difficult to maintain and upgrade for multiple reasons. For one, they use obsolete code base and older databases (e.g., MS Access). Another notable concern for a homegrown system is that it lacks the feature set that modern and professional OMS systems can deliver.
What’s more? PCI’s OMS can be on-premises or in the cloud, fully compliant with Australian data security standards. It provides API support for faster and easier integration with a client’s third-party application. It allows users to use widgets that provide an info-graphical view of outages. The system can also be customized to show different home screens to different types of users, saving them the trouble of customizing various filters every time they log in.
Our OMS is designed with ease of use in mind, which is why the outage screens and outage calendar screens provide various settings and filters for users to adjust to their needs. Additionally, because this is a thin client (browser) based system, users can open multiple tabs with multiple views for increased productivity.
Our outage system takes the plant or unit availability to the next level. Availability is calculated in real-time and is updated for every approved change. This process ensures that users always see the latest plant or unit availability data when viewing an outage. On top of that, our system provides a way to see historical revisions and changes to an outage. The availability engine also manages outages and displays the information users need to make the right decision, including overlapping outages, outage groups, etc.
The platform is supported by constant updates comprised of collective feedback from several of our customers, making it one of the most versatile, comprehensive, flexible, and customizable systems in the market that can cater to a variety of workflows that generation and transmission systems might require.
Owing to the features mentioned above and comparison over cost, quality, security, scalability, and support, PCI was selected by the major hydro generation company Snowy Hydro Limited (SHL) to deliver PCI’s OMS System with 24/7 support from our award-winning support team.
The partnership was years in the making and came together during the global coronavirus pandemic, which presented challenges on top of a complex, multi-phase project. The core development project kicked off in November 2020 and was delivered in October 2021.
What else are we doing in Australia?
Snowy Hydro’s OMS deployment is one major milestone for PCI, but what else have we accomplished in the last few months?
- PCI Australia is a registered Australian subsidiary company
- PCI is hiring to support our existing and future clients
- PCI is leveraging its expertise across a global energy market, a National Electricity Market (NEM), and Wholesale Electric Market bidding and settlement platform to assist clients with the challenges of the 5-minute settlement market implementation
PCI’s Australian cloud-based platform offerings suit any sized market participant.
We have a long, exciting road ahead of us in Australia, and we are ready to walk it.
If you’re ready to learn more about the software solutions, we offer in Australia, register for our upcoming webinar on Nov. 10, Optimizing Generation Outage Management for the Australian Energy Market.