Simulation of the Process of Implementation of an Intelligent Electric Power Metering System
In the next few years, a large-scale project on implementation of an intelligent system for electric power metering should be carried out in Russia. The replacement of electric meters for individual customers is a necessary part of this project. The number of people needed to carry out the project within the specified period has to be found. It should be taken into account than electric meters, like any electrical equipment, are subject to failure. If a system for their prompt restoration is not developed, the incorporation of an intelligent system of electric power metering will have no effect. The classical queuing analysis based on calculation of the probabilities of a system being in different states can hardly be used because of the problem’s dimensionality. Methods of simulation describe specific cases. They do not provide solution of the problem without analytically determined approximations of the number of people needed. This paper considers the solution of the problem of determining the number of personnel needed for the program of replacing electric meters to be done in proper time, taking into account the that they need to be restored promptly. The solution has been obtained based on the simulations of the incorporation of an intelligent system of electric power metering using the method of average dynamics. An example of calculations of the necessary number of employees in MathCAD PRIME 4.0 has been considered. The suggested method provides almost exact results because of the large number of replaced electric meters.