Real-time Analysis of Critical Power Delivery Networks: A Georgia Power Case Study Unlocks Themography's Future
Grid Resiliency & Black Sky Hazards Track
Date & Time
Thursday, October 3, 2024, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Eric Smith Robin Thompson

Focused on the case study of Georgia Power's underground power system at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson airport, the presentation will showcase the innovative solutions implemented following a catastrophic power outage in 2018. Through a combination of advanced thermography techniques and now patented technologies, the solutions used at Hartsfield radically changed the monitoring and maintenance of Georgia Power's infrastructure, providing a blue-print for a new era of proactive management and rapid response capabilities. Now seven years out from the installation, Georgia Power and Power Intelligence will share the gains made, lessons learned, and further applications for utilities. The 2018 $50-million power outage at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson airport served as a wake-up call to Georgia Power, highlighting the vulnerabilities inherent in traditional power delivery systems. Recognizing the need for a paradigm shift in infrastructure management, Georgia Power partnered with Power Intelligence to pioneer real-time thermographic analysis as a cornerstone of their resilience strategy. The presenters will share about the team’s deployment of state-of-the-art thermographic cameras and proprietary analytical algorithms, enabling Georgia Power to monitor the health of its infrastructure in real-time, identifying potential issues before they escalated into critical failures. Not only did this enhance the reliability and resilience of the power delivery network, but it also optimized maintenance schedules, reduced operational costs, and bolstered the airport's reputation as a reliable transportation hub. In addition, this session will Introduce the concept of real-time thermographic analysis and the newly patented “Sigma Delta Tau” methodology and how it has revolutionized Georgia Power and other utilities’ infrastructure monitoring.