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Avista is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities provides electricity to nearly 406,000 customers and natural gas to about 372,000 customers across 30,000 square miles and four northwestern states. Alaska Energy and Resources Company, an Avista subsidiary, provides retail electric service in the city and borough of Juneau through its subsidiary Alaska Electric Light and Power Company. Avista’s history of innovations rooted in the renewable energy they’ve generated since their founding in 1889.

Avista HMI Replacement Design

Conducted information and discovery sessions with operations and technical teams supporting thirteen sites
Collaborative Design Workshops in order to ascertain specific details as part of the design specification
Developed Proof of Concept for one generation site
Utilized Casne Project Management Office (PMO) to develop project charter, communications plan, execution plan, resource management plan, risk management plan and project management plan

Project Description

The project involves a complete overhaul of the SCADA systems across multiple hydroelectric and natural gas power plants, with the objective of migrating from a legacy Wonderware system to the modern Ignition SCADA platform. This project encompasses several key elements to ensure success, including:

1. Conducting a comprehensive as-found analysis and user requirement survey to understand the current system's capabilities, limitations, and needs from the stakeholders.

2. Performing a gap analysis to identify areas where the new Ignition SCADA system can address the current system's shortcomings and deliver enhanced capabilities.

3. Developing a system design and implementation plan for the upgraded Ignition SCADA platform that considers existing infrastructure and minimizes disruption during the migration process.

The completion of this project is expected to yield significant benefits, such as:

- Substantial reduction in annual software licensing costs.
- Improved control system security by adhering to NIST SP 800-82 best practices.
- Enhanced user experience through a modern, streamlined user interface.
- Increased system reliability by implementing full location and hardware redundancy.

Ultimately, this project aims to provide a cost-effective, secure, user-friendly, and reliable SCADA system to manage the operations of hydroelectric and natural gas power plants more effectively.