Dr Michel Alessandrini (Project Manager, PTA GmbH), Rainer Fuhrmann (Product Owner, EWR Netz GmbH), Alexander Langold (Reviewer, Simon Process Engineering GmbH)

Planning of network measures with openKONSEQUENZ solution possible

New module “Planned network measures” about Eclipse project “Eclipse openK User Modules” published

The consortium openKONSEQUENZ aims to provide a software for network operators in the energy and water industry that implements their requirements in a functional, efficient and secure way.

The software “Planned Network Measures” is a user module of the openKONSEQUENZ platform. It is designed to support network operators in planning and coordinating necessary maintenance and repair work in the supply networks.

In order for planned maintenance and repair work in the supply network to be carried out, it is necessary to apply for a planned network measure. With the application, the affected equipment, time and duration of the network measure and the parties involved are recorded. When processing the application for a measure, the sequence of the network measure is planned, its feasibility is checked and released for approval. After a further examination of the network measure, it is then released for execution.

The module “Planned network measures” is licensed under the Eclipse Public License 2.0 and can therefore be used freely by everyone. The module is published via the Eclipse project “Eclipse openK User Modules” and includes source code, documentation and a link to a demo platform.

The application responsible for the openKONSEQUENZ module “Planned Network Measures” is Mr. Rainer Fuhrmann (EWR Netz GmbH) on the technical side: “The new module informs all parties involved at any time, from planning to completion of the work, about the current status of the network measure. On the technical side, Mr. Frank Dietrich (PTA GmbH): “During development, we placed great emphasis on quality and safety. Now we have an application that is stable, safe and easy to maintain”.

An agile project, high quality requirements and an efficient project team

The openKONSEQUENZ aims to develop software that is independent of manufacturers and suppliers. The project team was set up accordingly broadly. The openKONSEQUENZ as the organiser commissioned e-netz Südhessen GmbH & Co KG for purchasing. The client and driver of the module was EWR Netz GmbH in close cooperation with Netz Leipzig GmbH. The IT service provider PTA GmbH was responsible for software development and Simon Process Engineering GmbH for quality assurance.

After the project initialisation, the agile Scrum project was characterised by three-week sprints in which the software was extended step by step. The technical requirements were defined at the beginning, but also in the running project, by the product owner in the form of user stories and stored in the product backlog. During the regular sprint planning meetings, all project members agreed on the contents of the next sprint and thus gradually worked through the product backlog. The Scrum Master of the PTA was responsible for the smooth running of the project in the meetings, but also during the development times.

At the end of each sprint, the technical acceptance by the product owner took place on the basis of the user stories. Since openKONSEQUENZ has very high demands on the quality of its software, a non-functional acceptance in the form of audits was also necessary. The following aspects were examined:

  1. The project had to be carried out according to the official Scrum standard.
  2. The architecture and quality specifications of openKONSEQUENZ had to be met throughout. This applied to the areas of architecture, source code, IT security and continuous integration.
  3. The technical documentation had to be in accordance with the arc42 standard.

Simon Process Engineering GmbH carried out the regular audits and confirmed compliance with all specifications: “The quality of the solution developed by PTA was again consistently good in this project.”

In October 2018 the openKONSEQUENZ officially adopted the module “Planned Network Actions”. This marked the end of nine months of project work, which was characterised by very good cooperation between all project participants. Dr. Michel Alessandrini (project manager of PTA GmbH) also emphasised the benefit of the early involvement of an end user: “The direct involvement of an end user in the project led to the fact that important experiences of the day-to-day business were directly incorporated into the software development, and thus an additional added value could be achieved”.

Planned network measures soon in productive use

The EEA Network was the first network operator to introduce the “Planned Network Measures”. Other grid operators have already decided to implement the new module in 2019.

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