Servelec Technologies is working with a new customer Sydney Water to undertake a ‘proof of concept’ of its market-leading PIONEER software.
PIONEER is web-based decision support software which delivers optimal asset management planning and operational strategies which deliver service and performance improvements at minimal cost, subject to resource and capacity constraints.
Capital cost savings of over 10%
Improved service levels
Increased customer satisfaction
Consistent decision making
More effective planning
PIONEER forecasts results and presents them in both tabular and graphical form. A variety of graph formats is available and tabulated results can be exported to MS Excel. Forecasts can be generated easily for any length of planning horizon and for any combination of assets.
‘What-if analysis’ is straightforward with the facility to programme mandatory interventions and to explore the sensitivity of results to inputs.
User-defined service measures or indicators can include multiple levels of severity, such as interruptions to supply which has three different duration bands. Derived indicators can also be defined as combinations of other service indicators. The results of forecasts can be displayed on a colour-coded schematic providing a means of quickly identifying high-risk areas.
At the core of PIONEER is an advanced optimiser, designed to meet user-specified service and/or performance targets at least cost. PIONEER applies interventions that improve the service indicators that have been selected as targets. Interventions can be either capital or operational, and may be specified as generic intervention types that can apply to all assets of a particular type.
The combination of an intervention type and the unit to which it is applied results in a predicted quantified improvement to service, expected change in operating costs (including repair costs) and the cost of performing the intervention. PIONEER selects the optimal set and programme of future interventions to meet the user-specified service and cost targets.
PIONEER is highly flexible and user friendly. It produces optimal investment plans for future periods of typically one, five or 30 years and beyond including climate change scenarios. It allows you to decide how and when to refurbish or replace assets at minimum overall cost, across a single asset group or your entire company network.
PIONEER is flexible enough to accommodate a range of performance and cost data sets from different sources, ensuring investments return best value for your customers.
PIONEER can be used for all operational asset types. Examples for the water sector include:
Examples for the gas transmission and distribution sector include:
In keeping with best practice in asset management investment planning PIONEER is designed to provide an integrated modelling environment to implement analysis that is:
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