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Finnish utility trials asset investment planning software

Finnish multi-utility Alva is the first in Scandinavia to trial Ovarro’s PIONEER asset investment planning software.
The six-month trial, which started in May focuses on Alva’s water distribution network, but will also assess the potential benefits of optimal investment planning right across its asset base.
Alva serves the city of Jyväskylä in central Finland and its surrounding area and generates and distributes electricity and produces, sells and distributes heat and water in the networks they own.
PIONEER is a web-based decision support platform that can optimise asset management planning and operational strategies.
Kimmo Järvinen, head of Alva’s asset management programme, said: “As a frontrunner in utility asset management in Nordic countries, Alva is excited by this proof of concept. The aim of the trial is to assess our readiness in terms of data; we also have an important requirement for the tool to improve Alva’s long-term, risk-based investment planning.”
George Heywood, technical director, Ovarro, added: “We are very excited to be working with a visionary utility like Alva that can see the potential of our platform across water and non-water assets. PIONEER has the potential to help the company carry out renewals across the asset base, supporting the coordination of programmes of works in power and water together, to minimise the total number of excavations.
“Alva is also our first customer to benefit from the recently developed PIONEER Express interface, which makes it easier for non-specialists to use PIONEER’s powerful planning capability. We are currently rolling it out to our existing clients too.”
The simplified functionality of the Express interface was developed at Ovarro’s data analytics centre in Reigate, UK, over the last 12 months. It is designed to be used by operatives with varying levels of technical expertise, speeding up decision-making on investment plans.