AEP has deployed the POA (PowerOn Advantage) DMS program across its seven DDCs (Distribution Dispatch Centers). POA allows for the DDCs to operate devices and monitor critical alarms. Because of it’s ability to monitor devices and alarms, other groups outside the DDC have become interested in gaining access to POA. While we have the ability to provide read-only access, we often find that POA does not best fit the needs of these other groups because of specific challenges. Because of these challenges, we have begun looking to PI to fill the needs of the groups outside of the DDCs. To these ends we have published all our existing PI displays in to PI Vision, and added hyperlinks into POA to allow easy navigation. We have also deployed all our legacy PI data into PI AF using standardized conventions common across AEP. These convention will offer a more accessible entry point for new PI users, and encourage the use of the PI software.
I have worked on three Distribution Management Systems for the past 8 years. Primarily focused on creating graphics (symbols and displays) for the end users, I have also been involved with testing, Load Flow, SCADA configuration. In the past couple years I have transitioned out of creating display to becoming the graphic lead training others in both our DMS software and PI.
I became involved with PI for the past six years. At first my involvement was in the creation, testing, and maintenance of PI tags. Five years ago I began to use ProcessBook after seeing the ease and benefits of creating graphics in PI. In the past year I have began using PI AF, starting and finishing a project to add all out legacy PI tags into AF. I am now looking to further expand our use of PI while finding ways to improve upon our current process.