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Adaptive Planning at National Grid

Turning away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy is a complex journey. BMA helped National Grid look at thousands of potential scenarios every week to successfully identify the optimal roadmap to hydrogen.

Accelerating decarbonisation: A roadmap to net zero

What if we could decarbonise by 2040, or sooner? The transition to net zero demands an integrated response. With vast networks of existing asset infrastructure needing to be re-purposed, BMA’s new technologies are being introduced to the systems of many asset-intensive companies and speeding up the process.

Sustainably reducing leakage and managing water

How will water companies deliver their leakage targets of today whilst building resilience for the future? Using BMA technology, water companies are able to build models to visualise, analyse and optimise complex asset systems and understand the true complexity of the problem.

A new evolution in long-term planning

Companies don’t have the time to pursue incremental gains in asset management decision-making. A new evolution in long-term planning is urgently required.

How to re-purpose the UK’s natural gas transmission system for hydrogen

The planning involved in transitioning National Grid’s national gas transmission system to hydrogen is hugely complex. The power of cloud computing cuts through the uncertainty and complexity of developing a robust and resilient network strategy: NetStrat H2.

Unlocking the potential of a hydrogen economy

Using BMA’s artificial intelligence, National Grid’s project Union will enable the UK to achieve net zero by 2050. It’s an ambitious plan to create a nationwide hydrogen backbone for the UK.

Achieving breakthrough performance in Bioresources

New technology has transformed water treatment centres into resource recovery hubs. Learn how BMA’s Bioresources Production Planning platform is currently benefitting 7 out of 10 major wastewater utility companies in the UK.

National Grid Gas Transmission: Critical Infrastructure Extreme Value Analysis (EVA)

BMA worked with National Grid Gas Transmission to develop an advanced systems model to robustly quantify and evidence the requirement for significant investment in critical infrastructure at risk of low probability high consequence events. Prescriptive analytics combined with next generation systems modelling was used to explore intervention scenarios from a systems perspective, taking into account system design and configuration management.

Field Resource and Operational Value Chain Optimisation

BMA uses their Decision Intelligence platform, Decisio, to revolutionise field resource and operational planning. While traditional tools take a siloed approach to planning, we enable connected decision-making across strategic, tactical and operational planning horizons, delivering operational cost reductions of between 5 and 25%.

A true systems approach to asset failure

Scottish Water, with BMA’s decision-making tool, is now leading the way in developing a truly holistic approach to quantifying water quality risk. The combination of BMA’s underlying model and a series of user-friendly dashboards will allow Scottish Water to rapidly identify asset criticality and failure pathways in its water treatment works, leading to faster and better decision-making enabling a true systems approach to asset failure.

Seven Trent Leakage Decision Support Tool Solution: LIDS

Water supply companies across the UK are under increasing pressure to reduce leakage in their networks while still providing good value to their customers. BMA is working with water companies to deliver a data-driven, holistic solutions which analyse, visualise and optimise their end-to-end leakage management processes.

Bioresources Production Planning Platform

A proven advanced mathematical optimisation solution which is delivering significant bottom-line value to several UK water companies. The solution is sustainably reducing costs, improving asset utilisation, increasing energy generation and ensuring process resilience.

Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans Decision Support Tool

The development of Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans (DWMPs) is driving a more unified and systemic approach to the integrated management of wastewater assets and services. The BMA DWMP decision support tool can recommend what, where and when to invest in the network over a 25-year horizon.

Leakage Intelligence Decision Support: LIDS

With ever increasing environmental pressure, including rising temperatures, increased water scarcity and mindfulness around waste-reducing value chains, the focus on reducing leakage and non-revenue water has never been greater.

Bioresources Strategic Decision Support Tool

A comprehensive decision support tool is assisting planners of major wastewater companies build comprehensive business investment plans, re-design their network of assets and answer complex questions about current and future challenges.

Operational Planning & Optimisation Tool for Thames Water

In a dynamic operational environment such as sludge treatment, scorecards and root-cause analysis cannot make the leap from siloed thinking to end-to-end decision-making. BMA provided a forward-looking production-planning capability with a 5-year forward-looking horizon within which short- and medium-term planning and scenario testing is undertaken on a daily basis.

National Grid Gas Transmission Network Strategy Solution: NetStrat

BMA worked with National Grid Gas Transmission to develop an advanced systems model of the NTS network using an innovative combination of optimisation and hydraulic modelling approaches to inform future network design. This is enabling NGGT to develop a robust 25-year network strategy, which is resilient in the face of future uncertainty.

Applying an analytics capability for a more proactive approach to decision-making

Multiple interdependent factors are at play within integrated systems in the gas industry which all impact the lifecycle of an asset. Northern Gas Networks (NGN) needed to quantify the potential increase in value-to-expenditure ratio during their asset management decision-making which was impossible for one person to accurately undertake. BMA’s whole systems approach to investment decision-making delivered greater value.

Strategic Sludge Investment Optimisation

BMA partnered with Anglian Water partnered to develop a 25-year decision support tool for its Bioresources strategic management. The model provides a high-level end-to-end representation of the water company’s Bioresources value chain and is a critical component of their Bioresources Strategic Plan from 2020 to 2045.

Sludge Strategy Decision Support with South West Water

South West Water engaged BMA to develop a 25-year TOTEX model of their end-to-end sludge process. The tool balanced operational costs and constraints, regulatory frameworks, capital investments, compliance risk, and revenue generation to maximise overall value to the customer and South West Water.

Decarbonising Industry in the Humber

BMA, working collaboratively with CATCH, the Humber LEP and Humber stakeholders, have explored the modelling options available to develop the decarbonisation roadmap. Advanced analytics including systems modelling is recommended due to the complex nature of the Humber cluster.

What is an advanced digital business twin?

Digital models have revolutionised the way we interact with our world. Live data connects these replicas with the physical organisation, combining digital models with rich business context that puts the CEO at the heart of the company through intuitive user interfaces.