“Graphic analysis and planning of electrical distribution systems” by Fuehring

  • ©Gwendolyn L. Fuehring




    Graphic analysis and planning of electrical distribution systems



    Techniques for computer modeling of electrical distribution systems have been available to utility engineers for years. The formation of a distribution data base can be a huge task because of the enormous number of components in a utility’s distribution system. The continuous changes that occur in a distribution system make data base maintenance difficult. Application of computer graphics to distribution engineering simplifies data base formation and maintenance and aids in interpreting the results of analysis. Graphic-aided distribution analysis allows the engineer to quickly see the results of alternate modes of system operations, thus speeding the iterative process of decision-making. Future applications for graphics techniques in utilities extend to distribution SCADA, work order prepration and protective device coordination.


    1. Kurtz, Edwin B. and Shoemaker, Thomas M. (Ed) “The Lineman’s and Cableman’s Handbook”, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1976, Chapter 2.
    2. Scott, W. G. “Skim the Cream Off Distribution Costs.” Electric Light and Power (March, 1975).

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