Don Russell - Texas A & M University
Jeffrey Wischkaemper - Texas A&M University
The state of Texas funded the “Texas powerline caused wildfire mitigation project”, a four year project working with seven utilities in Texas to demonstrate and further develop technologies that would find failing Powerline devices long before they became an ignition mechanism for a wildfire. Subsequent to that project we begin to your studies with Pacific gas and electric, Southern California Edison, and several other utilities demonstrating Distribution Fault Anticipation (DFA) technology. DFA is a transformational technology that uses advanced waveform analytics in real time to detect the very early incipient stages of failing devices, allowing utility operators to find and fix many conditions before they become fire ignition mechanisms.