Decision Support & Risk Analysis Software
Optimain DS has been tackling the challenges posed by the newly enacted federal Distribution Integrity regulations well before DIMP was even considered. With nearly 20 years of production use at some of the industry’s leading LDC’s, Optimain DS provides the tools and ingenuity for gas utilities to meet the new DIMP challenges. Optimain DS is a comprehensive decision-support solution that enables system-wide risk assessment and strategic asset management.
Opvantek has a significant track record of successfully working with gas operators to implement industry best practices and assist engineers, managers, and field technicians in identifying utility-specific factors that affect distribution integrity, risk, and economics. Optimain DS incorporates these factors, and helps utility personnel analyze and prioritize distribution pipe expenditures systematically across their entire network. This approach has been the foundation of many customer successes in reducing system-wide risk and O&M expenditures and optimizing capital infrastructure investments .
Optimain DS supports integration with all major GIS and relational database systems to collect main and service pipe attributes, leak and pipe condition reports, plus location specific information, such as cover type, building usage, population density, and other relevant factors. Users are able to define discrete project “envelopes” based on various criteria, including: default main configuration, leak concentrations, address ranges or user defined spatial envelopes.
Optimain DS evaluates all Main and Service Pipe material types, including:
- Cast Iron/ Wrought Iron
- Unprotected Steel
- Protected Steel
Optimain DS provides powerful tools for system-wide analysis, including:
Project Builder – an Optimain DS project establishes a “scope” or envelope of pipe segments and all related source records that impact failures and consequences. Projects can be created manually or automatically to facilitate system-wide pipe assessment
Multi-Project Analyzer – where Optimain DS projects can be viewed and updated. After a project is created, Optimain DS continuously monitors and refreshes source data as changes occur such as new leak records, environmental data, or alternative actions, and provides automated refresh, recalculation and re-ranking of projects based on the latest leak, inspection and environmental information
Statistical Analysis Engine – considers all leak and pipe condition reports and develops various statistical likelihood values for each project.
Optimain DS goes well beyond traditional repair/replace analysis by using customer specific business rules, statistics, and algorithms that assess the cost and risk reduction potential of various alternatives, including increased surveillance, rehabilitation, repair or replacement.