The power of data analysis in energy management

Submitted by Bruno Santos Pimentel on Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:32
Recent years have shown a strong expansion of technologies based on data analysis - or analytics - to support decision-making processes. Whether in everyday situations like finding the best route to a particular destination, or in more complex problems typical of the industrial environment, such as planning production batches, evaluating the risks of a given project, or determining the most important factors in the performance of an operation, decision support systems have become essential elements in the search for better performance.

The Viridis platform provides functionalities for collecting, cleaning, and visualizing data on consumption and generation of energy, facilitating the analysis of complex problems and the identification of opportunities. Capable of processing large volumes of data in real time, the Viridis platform incorporates algorithms for building models that combine information on consumption and power generation, production context, and financial information , providing important insights for the manager .The Viridis platform's planning capabilities permit the identification of optimal operational configurations for large energy consumers, enabling scenario and sensitivity analyses that ensure greater robustness of the decision-making process. Click here and read more about Viridis's Products. 

Data vs Facts

Submitted by Ricardo Giacomin on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 18:32
When discussing energy management practices in different companies, we often hear “proud” managers arguing that they are doing very well because they have thousands of tags being registered in a historian system, they already receive a daily consumption report for each production line, they account for all costs on the first day of the following month, or even that they have the history of the last 3 years of invoices for the thousands of sites in their operation. It doesn’t take long – usually around 5 questions – for them to understand that all they have is data, and that data alone does not reveal the relevant facts that would lead to effective actions.

Viridis builds energy & utilities management solutions based on big data. To us, however, large amounts of data are not enough. Our products employ contextualization algorithms, pattern recognition algorithms, automated model inference, and relevant fact identification from a large data lake fed from sources all over the operation. One of our differentiators is to help answer the “whys” of energy consumption and effectively promote actions to improve efficiency.

How data lakes may help energy & utilities management

Submitted by Carina Lima on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 17:07
Storing and processing large volumes of data is not a trivial task, especially when this information comes from multiple sources and is received in different formats. Different types of data, when combined, have the potential to influence strategic analyses and decision making, but they must be gathered and processed with agility and reliability.

The Viridis platform explores the concept of a data lake to combine time series sampled in real time with transactional data from management systems. To deal with large volumes of data, the system has a high-performance data historian with efficient storage and response times, capable of holding thousands of time series for many years. All this measurement data is combined with data from legacy systems such as ledger transactions, production orders, maintenance orders, laboratory data, among others. The system automatically correlates multiple types of data, temporal and transactional, allowing disruptive views on energy performance and operational efficiency.

Energy Management Systems: neither ERP, nor MES, nor PIMS

Submitted by Ricardo Giacomin on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:05
After a period of investments in Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) systems, by the end of the 1990s and early 2000s, many industrial companies turned to their own operations and invested heavily in Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Process/Plant Information Management Systems (PIMS).

Viridis supplies an integrated energy and utilities platform, with different products and integrate and complement other systems such as ERP, MES, and PIMS. Learn more about Viridis’s products by following this link.