PRC-005 not only requires that companies do the testing they committed to do, but also properly document all testing events.
Both ENOSERV RTS and ENOSERV Vector perform the testing required by NERC, store testing and maintenance data and generate reports detailing the testing activity. Another tool, ENOSERV PowerBase is especially useful because it houses the COMPANY-WIDE test results needed as evidence of regulatory compliance.
Click on the titles below to learn all about NERC and how ENOSERV software usage creates a strong compliance stance.
PAIN POINT FOR DOBLE PROTEST USERS:
PAINPOINT FOR PROTEST USERS:
All data produced by technicians is contained in multiple databases, possibly still located on individual machines.
Producing documentation of test results requires opening each system routine individually and printing these results to paper.
All information required by NERC will have to be retrieved by hand-- reviewing each result or printed copy manually.
PAIN POINT FOR PROTEST USER:
ENOSERV software provides accurate, on-demand visibility to testing data.
Use of ENOSERV software creates a permanent audit trail tracking every testing event including who did it, when they did it, and test result. You will achieve top floor visibility of the P&C floor.
PowerBase coordinates key aspects of protection engineering and relay testing field services. Engineers can easily dispatch relay settings to field personnel electronically, eliminating the time, labor, and errors associated with paper-based distribution. Once released, testing and maintenance work can be checked against schedules, viewed and managed on-demand by supervisors. After testing activity, relay test results from the field with the active, in-service settings automatically populate PowerBase.
ENOSERV PowerBase will find, share, track and store data associated with:
Substations, Protective Relays, Protective Relay Settings, Protective Relay Test Results, Current Transformers, Potential Transformers, Circuit Breakers, Power Transformers, DC Supplies, DC Control Circuits , Current and Voltage Sensing Devices, Associated Telecommunications Equipment, Batteries, Contact Personnel, Investigation Reports
PowerBase can manage and track testing intervals dynamically as new information comes in from the field. Test frequencies can be assigned for different devices, allowing for a hands free system of keeping up with test intervals.
RTS and PowerBase have reliable data backup functions.
With ENOSERV software, you can fast-track compliance efforts with more efficient processes. ENOSERV RTS is automated relay testing software built for fast, accurate testing. Settings download and test procedures operate at digital speed. Over 500 pre-written test routines are included in RTS. ENOSERV PowerBase empowers you to dramatically increase the speed of retrieving last saved settings, modifying settings and pushing settings for testing to the field whether they're around the corner or in another state. A data hub provides the basis for information sharing—a critical factor in enhancing collaboration. ENOSERV PowerBase eliminates wasting valuable time inputing the same information in multiple systems—by using single point access.
PowerBase’s role-based Dashboards offer protection and control personnel an instant snapshot of key testing and maintenance performance indicators and reports. At a glance, users can quickly assess situations and monitor progress of testing progress. Real-time updates give fuller visibility. Compliance officers, supervisors, technicians and all interested parties can have instant access to information.
ENOSERV RTS standardizes your testing process, so everyone follows the same procedure no matter what test set. RTS performs automated testing with routines built from the manufacturers recommended test procedures. PowerBase can manage your RTS data, building and updating Library and System routines as needed. This ensures that the field always has the “latest-and–greatest” settings and routines, and can help to build a company standard for testing practices.
RTS has multiple tools available to analyze data well before an audit. Locate issues before they become issues.
With the combined data, queries are built to look for issues before any audit is performed.
Click one button to isolate all failed records. Supervisors can review the failed records after testing and produced answers while information is still fresh on a technicians mind. Notes can be added per result to explain the action of why the relay was left in the failed state (if it allowed to stay in that condition).
Turn on an option to monitor at test time whether all test procedures have been run or attempted. Warnings appear to the technician if testing is not completed. Supervisors can review all test procedures that were not completed with indication of which test procedures were skipped. Notes can be added per results to explain the action of why the procedure was not run.ENOSERV SOLUTIONS:
ENOSERV RTS comes pre-packaged with over 500 test routines common to systems in North America. ENOSERV can write test routines for any odd relays in your system.
ENOSERV has multiple educators that travel the nation teaching on-site. Classes are also scheduled in Tulsa throughout the year.
The RTS database is already structured to allow immediate access to all test data.
Data can be combined into a single database structure with drag and drop operations during standard operations.
With data in a single location, reports can be generated with a few clicks, either in paper or an electronic format.
Designed to be the user’s data collection hub, ENOSERV PowerBase strengthens the maintenance and testing program by error-proofing and streamlining information movement. The end result is greater visibility into critical areas such as equipment functional status and complete access to regulatory compliance evidence that is technically sound.
Companies incorporating ENOSERV PowerBase into their testing and maintenance program will evolve the data collection/reporting process--which can be a tedious and antiquated--into work that is streamlined and optimized. Auditors can quickly move right through evidence created by PowerBase because it is clear and organized. If the audit team wants to dig deeper, more evidence with copious details can be printed "on-demand."
By offering a database that shares the data across the entire enterprise, PowerBase helps companies achieve a complete, secure, and accurate repository for relay and other lifecycle data, including test records and settings. While NERC will likely have a substantial impact on your P&C maintenance and testing programs in years to come, adopting a smart data collection approach today will prove most effective as NERC requirements continue to evolve.
In August 2009, NERC published a report analyzing 360 protection-based violations. Included in the report are the following topics:
NERC standards are rapidly changing and ENOSERV personnel dedicate time to observing the drafts. We have observed the PRC 005-2 draft and the PSMTSDT drafting committee for almost a year now, and have been impressed by the commitment of the draft members. Here is a link to the latest development: PROTECTION SYSTEM MAINTENANCE PROJECT