Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Black & Veatch tool helps utilities modernise grids

Steve Rogerson
February 2, 2017
Kansas-based Black & Veatch has introduced a tool aimed at helping utilities deploy large-scale grid modernisation projects. The company’s cloud-based Sekoia spatial engineering knowledge optimisation immersive analysis system is a central hub for all project management and design-build applications.
It provides project teams with real-time views into a project’s status and performance that can be accessed anytime and from most mobile devices, driving more informed decisions about operations and planning.
Sekoia, powered by the company’s Asset 360 data analytics platform, uses a services-oriented architecture. This open system lets it easily apply the latest processes in project management, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), such as building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information systems (GIS), to create a unique user experience and tool.
With GIS becoming more integral to the design-build process, Sekoia uses GIS data to build dynamic maps and status sequencing animations where teams can quickly view past, present and future scenarios. For an EPC project, having a single source of truth keeps the project aligned throughout its lifecycle.
"Black & Veatch has used its experience in designing and building distributed, multi-site networks to design a tool that simplifies the process,” said Jeff Mehlin, associate vice president at Black & Veatch. “It brings all of our proven design and project management applications together in a single system, so our clients experience better collaboration, accelerated schedules and, overall, a quality execution."
Sekoia helps manage, visualise and act on the influx of project data involved with designing and building communications and automation upgrades. It captures, integrates and analyses data and defined key performance indicators such as field data, drawings, schedules, budgets, resources and quality metrics. Data from multiple applications and devices are imported and visualised via a single, centralised view that provides actionable information to guide day-to-day operations and decision-making.
After a project is finished, it maintains a historical account of assets that can seamlessly transition into operations and maintenance, creating a long-term asset management tool, further increasing return on investment. Any type of project with hundreds, even thousands, of assets distributed across multiple locations can be managed and deployed.