BRIDGE lends domain expertise in utility operational solutions and systems including OMS, WAM, SCADA, GIS, and more
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., January 13, 2015 — BRIDGE Energy Group, a leading consulting and systems integration company focused on improving utility operational performance, today announced their work with Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in enhancing its Distribution Operations center with the technology to synthesize information from nearly 30 disparate data sources into a real-time visual analytics user interface. The integration of visual intelligence tools will improve operational performance and leads to improved services for SMUD’s customers.
BRIDGE Energy Group, leveraging its domain expertise in utility operational solutions and systems, provided the business analysis and project management to jointly define and deliver the business vision, functional requirements, use cases and work flows to support SMUD’s visualization center upgrade.
“Visually exploring vast amounts of data to quickly uncover insights and relationships, from weather and outages to vegetation management and asset maintenance, further enables grid operators to proactively manage the distribution system,” said Michael Greenhalgh, SMUD Smart Grid Project Manager. “As a community-owned electric company, there is solid value in technology that helps SMUD get focused early by translating initial high level use cases into tangible business and technical needs.”
As part of the relationship, BRIDGE also performed the gap and feasibility analysis with the technology vendor to identify the best way to meet the business needs of the utility. As the consulting and systems integration company, BRIDGE further acted as the knowledge integrator by leading workshops and stakeholder interviews with customers, subject matter experts and the development team to produce a clear understanding of business objectives, conceptual architecture and scope of the project.
“Navigating the flood of information driven by new smart distribution system devices requires that multiple stakeholders in the organization work together to connect the dots between business, IT and OT objectives,” said Ray Tulloch, VP of Grid Management at BRIDGE Energy Group. “BRIDGE is well positioned to function as this critical knowledge integrator based on our experience in engaging both internal and external stakeholders as part of an end to end business and systems integration methodology.”
Serving a population of 1.4 million people, SMUD is the nation’s sixth-largest electric utility that’s owned by its customers.
About BRIDGE Energy Group
BRIDGE Energy Group is the leading consulting and systems integration company focused on improving utility operational performance. BRIDGE combines business, OT and IT domain expertise to deliver and optimize innovative grid operations solutions. BRIDGE’s capabilities and expert services enable engagement at any stage in the lifecycle, from strategy & regulatory to implementation & optimization. Founded in 2004, BRIDGE is headquartered in Marlborough, MA. For more information on BRIDGE, please contact 888-351-8999 or visit www.BridgeEnergyGroup.com.
About Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 65 years to Sacramento County (and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties). SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD is the first large California utility to receive more than 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources. For more information, visit smud.org