Reducing customer outage time is a cornerstone of DTE Energy's electric reliability and customer satisfaction strategy and the deployment of smart fault indicators throughout the distribution system has become a key component of that strategy. Smart fault indicators (SFIs) allow DTE to quickly detect and locate the source of damaging spikes in current on the grid, caused by things like fallen tree branches or failed equipment. In order to capitalize on the deployment of these SFIs, DTE has decided to leverage the PI System. As an Enterprise Agreement holder, it was a logical choice. This presentation will describe the architecture and processes DTE Energy has developed to gather, store, analyze, and react to SFI data from the field and the types of benefits DTE has seen as a result.
Cameron Sherding is a software and controls engineer with 13 years of professional experience, half of which has been spent at DTE Energy. Cameron received his bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2002 and was hired into DTE subsidiary, DTE Energy Technologies (""DTECH""), which focused on distributed generation technology. As a Controls and Communications Engineer with DTECH, Cameron and a small team of engineers built out a Systems Operations Center for distributed resources (DRSOC) that is still in use today. In 2006, he left Detroit for Chicago to pursue opportunities in other industries. In 2013, Cameron returned to DTE Energy as a Senior Software Engineer to continue his work with the DRSOC, which now manages data from a wide variety sources including customer facilities, distribution substations, distributed generators, solar arrays, wind parks, and smart fault indicators.