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Navy seeks better analytics on facilities’ energy usage

The Navy wants to get a better handle on energy consumption by analyzing data from infrastructure meters and building control systems.

The Navy’s facilities control system infrastructure consists of thousands of building control systems that provide environmental and lighting controls as well as systems that manage and monitor electrical and mechanical utility production and distribution. Currently, many individual building and utility control systems are disconnected from each other and are unable to adjust their operations when faced with changes in maintenance, usage, emergencies or fluctuations in the cost of energy. Because they are also unable to report their data to a central repository, it is difficult for the Navy to increase energy efficiency, reliability, and resilience; reduce facility related emissions or sustainment costs; and improve its ability to meet operational and readiness requirements.

In a May 4 broad agency announcement, the Navy is calling for new and innovative analytic technologies that provide a “single pane of glass” into a range of energy and facility related activities or information related to a particular building, installation or region.

The current system has several limitations, according to the Navy. Data must be collected manually from meters at the installation or region level and uploaded to an SQL database on a Navy server. Additionally, the metering data is not accessible to other databases and tools, such as the Navy’s utility allocation system.

The Navy wants to be able to get data from each meter in facilities, tenants and ships every 15 minutes for up to 10 years. The data should be summarized by commodity, building, installation and region. Trends should be identified and the status of devices should be readily accessible -- including identifying problems collecting meter data from loss of power, network failure or other communication issues.

The BAA is looking for solutions that improve meter data management and utility allocation over the current systems, deliver predictive maintenance solutions that can reduce system downtime resulting from equipment outages and conduct virtual audits and HVAC optimization that leverages near real-time meter and facility data for remote facility audits and optimizes HVAC operations based on usage and occupancy.

The new data analytic capabilities being developed and tested as part of this initiative will be able to access relevant data residing in the Navy’s Smart Grid Single Solution Software cloud instance and potentially in the Navy’s enterprise data warehouse, MAXIMO maintenance management system and the internet Navy Facilities Asset Data Store, according to the BAA.  Results of the analysis and customized reports will then be made available to NMCI end users.

Responses are due June 3.

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