The NASPI Visualization Workshop will be held in Orlando, February 28, 2012.
The Purpose of the Workshop
In the on-going effort to improve grid reliability for the North American bulk electric system, this workshop will look at visualization and situational awareness applications based on data collected using Phasor Measurement Units. Synchrophasor technology is the most significant control center data improvement tool introduced in the last decade. Collecting phasor data and efficiently delivering it to operators in a structured fashion can enhance the quality, speed and effectiveness of operator actions.
Advanced visualization software allows control room operators to see what is happening on the bulk power system within fractions of a second, rather than the industry standard practice of every four seconds. This technology can give operators precise snapshots of current conditions, provides clear, timely information on unfolding events, and helps operator analyze the situation and take informed mitigation actions to protect and enhance grid reliability.
This workshop is intended to compare the visual presentations offered by several commercially available phasor data visualization software providers. The goal of the workshop is to look at how the visualization tools display specific grid events and will give control room operators the chance to comment on the clarity, effectiveness and intuitiveness of differing displays. Vendors' visualization products will not be explicitly identified during the presentations and all vendors will be present to hear the operators' feedback on the pros and cons of each visualization tool and event. The workshop will allow operators and observers to discuss whether there might be any need or benefit to developing more common elements in a visual vocabulary for the grid.