Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS)

An Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) is a comprehensive solution that unifies OMS, EMS, SCADA, and DMS functionality to manage and optimize the distribution and transmission network.

Many utilities have deployed independent systems from different vendors or have developed customized solutions, thereby limiting integration. However, the technology is now evolving such that the boundaries between different smart grid applications are becoming blurred.

By deploying an integrated ADMS, a utility can modernize the distribution system by implementing the most efficient architecture for monitoring, analyzing, controlling, and planning. An ADMS achieves efficiencies through a single database, data model, operational environment and user interface, resulting in seamless dispatch workflows and consistent data across systems.

Yet, there are risks involved in this significant investment. ADMS systems are relatively new, and many utilities are proceeding with caution for now. Because an ADMS represents a big step in terms of business processes, a utility considering a move to ADMS requires strong governance and change management practices. Util-Assist understands the ADMS drivers and marketplace and can help you understand which product and deployment approach yields the greatest benefits and identify the associated costs and risks to make an educated business decision.