- Newly minted energy company Cadent powering ahead with game-changing innovation
- Virtual reality and 3D technology among the new innovations Cadent is showcasing at Utility Week Live
- Cadent is driven by courageous curiosity to lead the way in innovations that will benefit customers and keep energy flowing into the future.
It was only launched this month but newly minted energy company Cadent is already exploring new energy frontiers and showcasing its innovations at Utility Week Live 2017.
Cadent may be proud of its 200 year heritage in the gas industry but it is determined to have a bold start up mentality illustrated by some sci-fi sounding innovations it is displaying at its Utility Week Live stand on May 23 and 24 at the NEC in Birmingham.
A short film produced by Cadent about the Future of Energy will be shown and innovative energy solutions on display will include:
Mobile Virtual Reality Modelling: Capturing engineering knowledge and knowhow
Mobile Virtual Reality Modelling uses augmented reality to digitally capture the irreplaceable knowledge of experienced engineers dealing with complex procedures. These can then be passed onto future generations of engineers, rather than being lost when engineers retire.
This technology could have wide applicability outside energy, particularly where operatives are working or training in hazardous environments and/or where critical knowledge loss is a business risk.
The 3D Volume Scanner: Creating three dimensional maps of what lies beneath
3D Technology need not just be for Hollywood blockbusters, as shown by the 3D Scanner Cadent has jointly developed with Catalyst Information Services.
The scanner could help engineers working on utility reinstatement works do their job as quickly and accurately as possible thus helping to improve customer experience.
The technology enables engineers to calculate the volume and dimensions of excavations and the type of material used in each layer.
Going flat out for improvement: Improving the way we work in multi-occupancy buildings (MOBs) with NuFlow lining technology and the EZ Valve™
Repairing gas escapes in flats presents various challenges.
However NuFlow epoxy lining technology enables engineers to refurbish gas riser pipework in situ, rather than carrying out a full replacement of the pipe. Though it’s not appropriate for every kind of job associated with flats it significantly reduces customer time off gas where it can be used.
The EZ Valve™ technology allows engineers to construct a Pipeline Isolation Valve (PIV) on the live gas network without the need to interrupt gas supply to all customers in a multiple occupancy building (MOB).
Its main benefits include ensuring as many properties as possible remain on gas in a MOB and estimated cost reductions of 50 per cent on jobs the technology is used on.
Cadent is a brand new company formed from the sale of National Grid Gas Distribution and is the licensed owner and operator of four of the eight gas distribution networks in Great Britain: East of England, North London, North West and West Midlands; making it the largest gas distribution network owner and operator in the UK.
Huw Sullivan Cadent Innovation Delivery Manager said: “At Cadent our innovation is driven by curiosity we want to find ways to do things differently to benefit our customers now and also to be at the forefront of solutions to keep energy flowing long into the future.
“It’s very exciting to be showcasing these new innovations which look set to be real game-changers in the energy industry and beyond.”