Meeting the demands of rapidly-changing operating environments
The energy and utilities industries have had more than ten years to evolve and support increased power
consumption. But, as access and demand for energy expands, utility companies need to ensure they are
adapting to this new digital shift. Especially with the deployment of generation and distributed-energy
resources such as electric vehicles, renewable energy, solar PV, and complex smart grids.
With unprecedented changes on the horizon, the digitization of distribution management systems is becoming a
critical factor in keeping pace with the rapidly-changing operating environment, and the uncertainty of
evolving business and regulatory models. However, to approach the creation of next-generation utility
management tools, energy companies must adopt and triage the following issues to remain competitive:
hire qualified developers
hire developers with industry domain knowledge
identify quality delivery processes.
Agile development team with industry-domain knowledge
Luxoft began working for the client in 2008, providing a team up to 60 developers and testers to support
their internal development staff. Now, the energy industry is rapidly changing and focusing more on clean,
reliable, and affordable energy. Our client needed a team that could provide industry knowledge, strong
leadership, and proven success, to ensure the quality of the final products - especially since the grid is
becoming increasingly complex with the deployment of more distributed energy resources (DERs) and
distributed generation (DG). To ensure the same level of industry knowledge across all developers, Luxoft
implemented an extensive knowledge-sharing process within its teams.
The Luxoft teams developed a digital solution that addressed a number of key utility concerns including:
increasing network efficiencies; identifying and preventing issues; and balancing supply and demand. In
conjunction with the internal teams, Luxoft delivered an Integrated Distribution Management System (IDMS)
solution that provided real-time management of distribution networks.
During the development cycle, Luxoft’s agile teams provided our client with:
new feature development
builds and automated tests
installation kits development
Real time management of distribution networks
Luxoft worked with the client to create customized Integrated Distribution Management Systems (IDMS),
applications suites designed specifically to meet the needs of real-time management of distribution
Here are just some of the solution features:
Real-time management view – presents a unified operating environment displaying the status of
the electrical network in real-time geographic and schematic formats.
Outage management – tools for operators to manage scheduled and unscheduled outages from within
a unified operating environment that integrates real-time DMS, SCADA, crew monitoring, and
Analysis – utilizes current power system conditions (SCADA measurements, load schedules, etc.)
to detect unbalanced distribution power flow and fault locations. The DNAF can now be scheduled
to run periodically, by prespecified events or operator demand.
Optimizer – feeder reconfiguration, system restoration, and Volt/Var optimization tools designed
to improve the efficiency and economics of distribution system operations.
Switching operations– creation of switching orders and safety documents for planned and
unplanned outages, network reconfigurations, restoration of unplanned outages, and augmentation
of the distribution network.
Historical operations archive – stores historical data in a relational database and allows for
the creation of reports for distribution and outage management. Archived data includes (but is
not limited to): DPF solution summaries; fault location solutions and results; released safety
documents; and customer calls, meter events, and statuses.
Optimized performance, improved efficiency, and the resilience of grids
Over the last 10 years, Luxoft has deployed several Agile teams with energy and utilities expertise, to
assist our client in the development of digital tools for the optimization of energy distribution networks.
This has enabled our client to scale and build a unique solution that allows their customers to:
optimize and reduce network loads, saving US$ millions and over 100,000 MWh a year
decrease outage response times, restoring power to hundreds of thousands of customers in under
identify and isolate faults while restoring power to the rest of the electric grid
increase renewable exports onto the grid by 20 per cent
quickly coordinate service crews in destructive storm conditions to restore power within hours.
By working together, Luxoft and the client developed a fully-operational solution that has been improving
resilience and efficiency of today’s electric grids, while future-proofing utilities for the increasing
demands of tomorrow.