Data Collection & Analysis (DC&A)
Success Comes From Having the Tools to Make Well-Informed Decisions.
As an applied energy research program within the University of Alaska, the Data Collection and Analysis Program at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is committed to enabling the successful development of energy projects that benefit Alaska communities. We define success as the ability to make progress in quantifiable steps, and we believe the best chance for success results from data-based decisions.
Through accurate data collection and rigorous data analysis, successful outcomes can include improved system monitoring, report automation, optimized operations that save money and time, and successful pairings of development partners. Success can also mean making unexpected discoveries with the right tools and data. Our goal is to equip our partners and clients to make the best possible decisions and discoveries. We invite you to learn about some of our projects and contact us to discuss options and opportunities.
The Role of the DC&A Program
The DC&A program supports ACEP research in the collection and management of critical technical performance data. Fundamental to this program is the belief that data-driven analysis of energy systems can have substantial real world impacts. Highly trained and experienced ACEP research staff and faculty partner with projects to ensure that the needed data to be collected are identified given specific project goals and monitoring and assessment needs, and that instrumentation is appropriately specified, installed, and commissioned.
Data management is equally important, allowing for the formatting, quality assurance, storage, and access to data needed for meaningful and long-term use. ACEP has developed a comprehensive data management system that allows for technically sound, processed data that is securely archived yet easily searchable and accessible.
Data Collection – Why is it Important?
Many of Alaska’s energy projects and systems lack sufficient data collection. While the projects and systems may be instrumented for operational or simple reporting purposes, little data is generated that allows for such things as performance analysis, optimization, and comparative assessment. By implementing a robust data collection plan, stakeholders can realize such benefits as the following:
- Accurate assessment of the value of investment (project, infrastructure, program, etc.)
- Comparative (apples to apples) analyses between projects and systems
- Increased accuracy of analyses (technical, economic, etc.)
- Standardized data useful across a broad range of analysis platforms