Bob Welch has joined Black & Veatch as Vice President of the operational technologies and analytics practice for the company’s management consulting business. Welch will lead the group’s effort to expand services in smart grid and analytics for electric, natural gas and water utility clients.
“Our clients are asking us for more and more communications and automation services. The use of data management and analytics play a large role in addressing these needs,” said John Chevrette, President of Black & Veatch’s managing consulting business. “Bob adds deep knowledge and experience to a strong smart grid and analytics team that helps utilities with their use of real-time monitoring and diagnostics.”
In the 2014 Strategic Directions Report for Utility Automation and Integration, published by Black & Veatch, utility leaders indicate that data use continues to grow in order of importance. Leaders also point out that budget constraints and the ability to justify investments are key obstacles to overcome.
Respondents to the report said that utilities can use real-time data to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs. Detail also is included that points to ways utilities can increase reliability and the quality of service for customers.
“The transfer of all types of information and data among systems and across the diverse operations of a utility creates new ways for companies to make more informed decisions,” said Chevrette. “Telecommunications, automation and analytics programs also will help utilities get a stronger return on their capital investments. The combination of these factors benefits the end-use customer as well as the utility.”
Welch joins the company with 20 years of utility industry experience. He most recently served as general manager of a global industry group where he advised clients on energy, chemicals and utility issues. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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SOURCE: Black & Veatch