Chapter 04 GridVis® software Grid visualisation

Chapter 04 GridVis® software Grid visualisation
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Grid visualisation software – GridVis®
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GridVis® software
An elementary component for energy management systems and power
quality monitoring systems
• Analysis and visualisation of energy measurement data, electrical- and
power quality data
• Uninterrupted documentation of important measurement data
• Chronological arrangement of harmonics, voltage variations or power
failures, for example
• Timely detection of inadequate power quality prevents production
downtime and optimises the utilisation of operational equipment
• Introduction of measures for improving energy efficiency due to the
analysis of the load profiles and consumptions
• Creation of framework conditions for operational energy management
systems (ISO 50001)
• Software and hardware components provide more transparency and a
more reliable documentation of the energy supply
• Energy management systems serve as support for economical, ecological
and optimised use of energy in companies
Promotion of energy management systems in Germany
• In principle all companies based in Germany or with a branch office
in Germany are entitled to apply
• Companies that are not entitled to apply are those:
- that have lodged a claim under the "Special compensation scheme per
§ 40 ff. Renewable energy act“ and were obligated to verify certification
per § 41 section 1, number 2 of the Renewable energy act.
- for whom an exoneration was granted within the scope of the
equalisation of peaks per § 10 electricity tax law and § 55 energy tax law
• The amount of the grant is:
- Max. 80% of the eligible tasks and max. 8,000 Euro for the first
certification of an energy management system per DIN EN ISO 50001
- Max. 80% of the eligible tasks and max. 1,500 Euro for the first
certification of an energy control system
- Max. 20 % of the eligible tasks and max. 8,000 Euro for the procurement
of measurement equipment for energy management systems
- Max. 20 % of the eligible tasks and max. 4,000 Euro for the procurement
of software for energy management systems
- The complete sum of the grant is restricted to max. 20,000 Euro per
company within a period of 36 months
• Detailed and updated information can be found at
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Your benefits
• Reduction of energy costs
• Energy tax reduction in conjunction with an EnMS
(e.g. in Germany)
• Transparency of energy consumption in the individual departments
• Increase in supply reliability
• Environmental protection, image enhancement (ecological mindset)
• Application of an improved energy mix
• Optimisation of energy contracts
• Greater employee awareness with regard to energy efficiency and
climate protection
• Cost centre management: Cause-related assignment and breakdown
of energy costs
• Increase in competitive capability
GridVis® Main features
• AMR (automatic meter reading system)
• Configuration of the monitoring system and the UMG
measurement devices
• Measurement device management
• Automatic or manual read out of the devices' measurement data
• Graphical display of online and historical measured values
• Display of minimum, average and maximum values in a graph
• Statistical evaluations
• Comprehensive export functions e.g. into an Excel file
• APPs management (customer-specific applications / programs)
• Saving of data in a database incl. database management (e.g. MySQL /
MS SQL / Derby DB / Janitza DB)
• Topological views (configurable, graphical user interface with freely
configurable register levels)
• Individually configurable schedules
(e.g. report generator, memory read-out, etc.)
• Virtual devices e.g. summation of energy from multiple meters
• Generic Modbus device for incorporation of "Non-Janitza devices"
• Report generators allow the adjustment and configuration of reports
(energy costs and power quality)
• Comprehensive alarm management with escalation management and log
book function
• User administration
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GridVis® License model / software variants
GridVis® is a scalable software environment available in the following variants
Free basic version
Included in the measurement device deliverables
As GridVis®-Basic, but with the following additional features:
• Automatic read-out of the measurement devices
• Virtual device
• MySQL / MS-SQL database driver
• User administration
Primarily developed for professional automated systems
As GridVis®-Professional, but with the following additional features:
• Automatic report generation
• Generic Modbus device
• Automatic Excel export
• Graphical programming module
As GridVis®-Enterprise, but with the following additional features:
• Service (runs actively in the background for automatic data read-out)
• Online acquisition of measurement data
• REST interface (enables external applications to access the measurement values saved)
• Alarm management
Also particularly suited to medium to large companies
* See variants table on page 142 for details on the variants
Device configuration
Setting up and configuration of the measurement devices
• Comprehensive adjustment and customizing options
• User-friendly incorporation, parameterisation and configuration of the UMG devices
• Determination of trigger values for the measurement of events and transients
• Saving of individually defined measured values including their storage intervals
• Threshold values for the monitoring function can be programmed via comparators
• External temperature sensors allow the acquisition of transformer- or ambient temperature
• Time correlation of results at various different measurement points by means of time
server (NTP)
Fig.: Configuration of measurement devices in the GridVis ® software
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Generic Modbus devices
Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP/IP
• Simple integration for devices from other manufacturers via Modbus RTU
or Modbus TCP/IP
Fig.: Example of an ECS template for Modbus
Fig.: Communication checking via integrated
statistical function
- Non-Janitza devices support Modbus RTU or Mod / TCP protocol
- Data formats in accordance with the Modbus recommendations
(Modbus-ASCII protocols are not supported)
• The connection of non-Janitza devices is implemented via a UMG Master
or in the case of Mod/TCP via an arbitrary Mod/TCP gateway
• As an alternative the value read-out can be implemented directly
with the GridVis® software (Modbus TCP/IP over Ethernet)
• Non-Janitza devices are integrated via profiles and administered as
templates in GridVis®
• Templates can be exported
• Profiles can be created and edited directly in GridVis®
• Measured values read out from the non-Janitza devices can be displayed
in the topology view
• With GridVis® -Service it is possible to save the measured values online,
incl. the calculation of the average value
• Measured values are polled cyclically
• Checking of the communication via integrated statistical function
An overview of functions
• Data transfer rates 9.6; 19.2; 38.4; 57.6 ... 115.2 kbps
• Device integration via RS232, RS485, Modbus (Ethernet)
• Supported function codes: Read coil status (fc = 1), Read holding registers
(fc = 3), Read input status (fc = 2), Read input registers (fc = 4) as well as
the floating point formats (32 bit, 64 bit) each per IEEE 754 such as Short
(16 bit), Unsigned Short (16 bit), Integer (32 bit), Unsigned Integer (32 bit)
und Integer (64 bit)
• Profiles can be freely configured
• Online saving of values possible
• Values: Water, gas, heat, energy, etc.
• Importing and exporting of values possible
• Values are read in blocks
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Topological views (visualisation)
• Quick overview of your energy distribution system
• Localisation of disturbances and monitoring of defined tolerances by comparison of individual
measurement points
• Immediate and simple realisation of customer-specific solutions by using exisiting graphical data such as
flow plans, manufacturing lines etc. as well as the incorporation of the associated measurement devices
• View of threshold value exceedances as well as the conditions of the inputs and outputs
• Highlighting of threshold values being exceeded or dropped below by means of colour coding
• Device view can be called up for each measurement device connected to the network
• Selected measurement data can be called up remotely online (device dependent)
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Test Center Montreal
Assembly plant Seattle
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Assembly plant Shanghai
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Technology Center Tokyo
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Plant Seoul
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Research and technology Chicago
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Fig.: Complete overview of the energy distribution by means of topological views
Fig.: A warning message of a certain production line
Animation in the topology
• Value-dependent display of images possible and thus, for example, colour coding.
• Possible to change view between images, measurement value dependent
• There is an option, for example, when the nominal voltage is exceeded to activate a red traffic-light style
indicator or to mark a circuit breaker as tripped
Hyperlinks in the topology
• Hyperlinks can be set in the topological view for the following elements:
- URLs, i.e. call-up of arbitrary internet sites
- Switch over to other topological pages
- Open documents, e.g. calibration- or PQ report
- Execution of programs
• Access to calibration certificates, operations manuals, Excel evaluations or arbitrary homepages
• Starting batch jobs or other programs
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Online and historical measured values
Fig.: Display of active power L1–L3, load profile as basic instrument for energy
management considerations
Fig.: GridVis ® Screen with historical evaluations
Online measurement data
• All measured values that are created transmitted by the measurement devices in realtime
• Data management of all measured points
• Measured values are available either as line graphs or bar charts in the online measurement mode
• Line graphs are always up-to-date (older data will be deleted, FIFO-principle)
• Display of double y-axes with two units (e.g. current and voltage synchronously) possible for measurement data
• Multiple measurement devices can be displayed in the same graphs for each unit
• Colours in the graphs can be individually changed
Historical measurement data
• Measured values that have been saved in accordance with defined rules for averaging times in the device or by
reading out the device into a central database
• Each value receives a timestamp as well as the corresponding device ID
• Administration of the data saved in the database, sorted by parameter, year, month and day
• Selective marking of the data guaranteed
• Time periods of interest can be expanded with the zoom and can be quantified by means of the measurement function
• Annotating the bar charts / line graphs or histograms with headers and comments
• Display of transients and events in the transient or event browser
• Missing measurement data during particular time periods or unrealistic measurement information can be
displayed by means of a flag browser
• Creation of load profiles (for example for the generation of precise forecasting for optimised energy
delivery contracts)
• Statistical function (voltage etc.)
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Power quality
Fig.: Power quality report
• An important part of the PQ analysis is the GridVis® report generation
• Fast and clear presentation of whether the power quality in the time period
in question is in line with a standard or not
• Further tools provided for determining causes of problems
• Power quality reports as based on international standards
- EN 50160
- EN 61000-2-4
- NeQual
- IEEE 519
- ITIC (CBEMA) (only manual, not automatic)
• Reports can be generated, time-driven
• Manual report generation in cases of concrete needs
• Automatic report generation
• Freely configurable time plans
Energy management
• Measurement and monitoring of important parameters of the electrical
power supply
• Visualisation of the data delivered by the measurement devices
(online current values or historical values)
• Integrated report generator enables the evaluation of the delivered data
• Reports can generate different information, depending on the
requirements or the settings
• Transmission of energy and power related cost centre reports
• Presentation of the electrical energy values from measurement devices as
well as evaluation of other media (e.g. gas, water, etc.) possible
• Load profile analyses provide an overview of peak consumption
throughout a stipulated period of time
• Automatic creation of the individual reports via freely configurable time
plans or manual creation by the user
• Reports' outputs as paper or digital
(HTML, XML, Excel, Word or PDF)
Fig.: Load profile, monthly view
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Excel export
Manually and automatically via time plans
• Time-driven, automatic Excel export of data
• Free data or specific energy selection
• Excel document with multiple pages to be filled with data by GridVis®
• Measurement data, time period and various different measurement
devices will be selected by the user in GridVis® and contain pure data from
the database as well as pre-calculated data (energies)
• There are three options available for the export:
Overwrite existing data, create new data with date or change existing data
• Export options likewise time-driven and furnished with a time plan freely
defined by the user
• Convenient evaluation guaranteed
• Customer-specific evaluations can be implemented
Fig.: Exported data from GridVis ® in an Excel file
Fig.: Customer-specific Excel evaluation for el. power and energy based on the automatic Excel report
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Database management
• Database integration in GridVis® -Desktop and -Service
• Backing up of data in a database when reading out the measurement device memory
• Possible databases: Apache Derby, MySQL, MS SQL and Janitza DB
• GridVis® Desktop and GridVis® -Service or a mixture of both are available
• The reading out of a UMG device at a point in time is always linked to precisely one GridVis® or one Service
• The installation is implemented locally on a Desktop PC or centrally on a virtual machine
• The GridVis® must be active for the data to be read out
• Consequently, devices can be controlled, read out and configured
• Data created will be written into the database associated with the respective GridVis® Project
UMG 511
UMG 508
Fig.: GridVis ® -Desktop
Modbus RTU
• Works via a system service on a remote server
• The system service can read data in the background continuously from the measurement devices without
GridVis® -Desktop being open and a user logged-in
• This service installation enables multiple clients to operate in parallel
• Configuration of UMG measurement devices or projects is implemented via the GridVis® -Desktop program
• There will be a subsequent transfer of the device rights to the GridVis® Service
• The GridVis® Service can be configured via a web browser
• Graphical and statistical evaluations continue to run via the GridVis® Desktop
UMG 511
Fig: GridVis ® -Service
UMG 508
Modbus RTU
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Janitza DB
• Since GridVis® release # 4.1, the Janitza database "Janitza DB" has been released
• This database can be selected during the set-up of a new project
• Creation of the database through GridVis®
• This database has been specially optimised for GridVis®
• It is extremely fast
• Data exchange with other software platforms, homepages etc. can be realised via the REST interface
• Delivered with all editions of GridVis®
• There are no additional costs
• No additional installation effort
Note: With the Janitza DB it is not possible for multiple clients to access the Janitza DB! One can only connect a GridVis ® Desktop
and a GridVis ® Service on "one" computer or server with the same Janitza DB!
Data exchange
• Uncomplicated system integration through numerous interfaces and protocols (Modbus, M-Bus)
• Networking of all energy measurement devices with one another possible
• The communication between GridVis® and the measurement devices is implemented typically via Modbus RTU
or Modbus TCP (as well as other TCP/IP protocols)
• Automatic read-out of the measurement devices via a Fieldbus
• Measurement data will be made available for further use via central data servers
• Ethernet TCP/IP as backbone for the data communication to reduce installation costs
• Rapid, cost-optimised and reliable communication assured through integration into an Ethernet architecture
• PLC, BMS or SCADA software can access the Modbus addresses directly
• Alternatively, it is possible to integrate UMG measurement devices into a PLC environment via Profibus
• Communication of various different systems in the building automation via BACnet (available as an option)
Historical values
• Load profile
• Reports
Online values
(e.g. topology, linear graphs)
• Visualisation (SCADA, GLT, building control systems)
• BinFile (FTP) customer-specific software
• OPC Server (e.g. PLC, BMS etc.)
UMG 511
GridVis ®
SQL database
Excel export
Modbus RTU
State Transfer)
UMG 103
UMG 104
Fig.: Overview of the multifaceted integration options to superordinate software environments
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Virtual measurement devices (cost centres, key figures)
• Virtual measurement devices are available for mathematical calculations by means of GridVis®
• Compilation of multiple sites through the addition of various different measurement points (cost centre management)
• Calculation of key figures e.g. for the evaluation of the energy efficiency in data centres
• Calculation of current and historical values with existing databases
• The following operations are possible: Addition, Division, Subtraction, Multiplication
• Generation of percentage values based on numeric constants
• No creation of additional measurement values in the database
• Calculation implemented in the runtime of the GridVis®
• There are various different target data points available (e.g. ProData® data logger) for the calculation of nonelectrical media
• Possibility of incorporating devices from other manufacturers via the generic GridVis® Modbus option
(integration test may be necessary)
• Measurement values from the measurement devices' global variables can be processed in virtual measurement
devices as an option
400 V bus / measurement outputs
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Fig.: The virtual measurement device calculates the total consumption in the supply line
Fig.: Configuration of a virtual device: Here, the total of the active energy from 6 different measurement points
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Power quality analysis
• In parallel to energy monitoring, GridVis® places the monitoring of
the power quality in the foreground
• Defining of threshold values via GridVis®
• Automatic recording of events, including the period immediately before
and after, such as over-voltage or under-voltage, short-term interruptions,
over-current and transients
• Preconfigured parameter lists for recordings per EN 50160
and EN 61000-2-4 available
GridVis® provides a series of features for the power quality analysis:
• Oscilloscope function for the live wave forms of current and voltage
• Topological view with threshold value monitoring of online values
• Transients and events overview in the measurement devices' dashboard
• Graph sets with freely configurable measurement parameters
• Automatic creation of PQ reports per time plans
• PQ reports for various different standards: NeQual, EN 50160, EN 61000-2-4,
IEEE 519
• Comprehensive statistical functions
• ITI (CBEMA ) curve
• Event browser via lists and graphical display for detailed analysis
• Transient browser via lists and graphical display for detailed analysis
Fig.: Statistical function with histogram,
e.g. with triple deviation (99%) for the evaluation of
the voltage fluctuation at a defined measurement
point over time
Fig.: Graph set with freely configurable
PQ measurement values
Events and transients
• Events are short-term increases in voltage, dips in voltage or short-term
interruptions (e.g. through bird strike or short circuits)
• Identification and analysis of the causes for fluctuations in power quality
with the help of user-friendly tools
• Event and transients browsers are helpful tools for the determination and
assignment of various different processes
• Call-up, expanding, reducing, printing out or exporting (PDF or Excel file)
of the graph directly from the list
• Optimum utilisation of the UMGs’ performance by GridVis®
• Secure acquisition and processing of events from 20 ms and transients
from 50 µs duration with UMG 511 and UMG 605 for example
Fig.: The event browser provides a quick overview
of the voltage dips with date and timestamps as
well as the length and depth of the voltage dip.
Fig.: Detailed analysis of a critical voltage dip
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User management
Multifaceted user profiles
• Typically, a user (Admin) who will have no restrictions within the GridVis® is defined
• The Administrator can for example administer users and add or delete devices/topologies etc.
• Permits the specific assignment and deletion of each user's rights
• Defined access authorisations can be assigned through the rights
• Likewise, users are created and they are assigned rights or assigned to groups with this function
• The user administration can be agreed and set as an active function within a project
• Only one user administration can be defined for each project
• All users, passwords, roles and rights are held in one database (user directory).
• Multiple projects can be protected from one single user directory
• The individual rights of users are compiled in predefined roles (groups of entitlements)
• Roles (groups of rights) are cumulative, i.e. the rights of users from various roles are added together
• If a project is protected via the user administration, it is necessary to log in to gain access to the project
• Use of user administration within GridVis® is available in all editions (from GridVis® 4.0) except for the basic edition
Fig.: User administration overview
Fig.: Assignment of roles
Fig.: User editor
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REST interface
via GridVis® -Service
Online and historical data are supported
Fig.: Graphical display of the energy values via the
REST interface from GridVis ®
Energy 40%
Gas 32%
Water 27%
Fig.: Cost distribution
• Simple and rapid calculation of energy data
• The REST interface (Representational State Transfer) describes
a standardised request for measured variables or further information via
a URL address
• Various different methods can be used to integrate measurement data into
software from other manufacturers due to very open system architecture
• Integration of data from GridVis® into other software environments, e.g.
• Further processing of the data, e.g. for the calculation of the key figures
• Results of the query via the URL are the page contents in JSON / XML with
the queried measurement variables / information
• Extremely useful for the integration of measurement data into your own
software solutions, visualisation systems or homepages
• Extraordinarily fast interface
• Querying and transfer of online and historical data
• REST interface only available via the "GridVis® -Service" edition of GridVis®
UMG 511
UMG 508
REST interface
GridVis ® -Service
Fig.: Data transfer between GridVis ® -Service and an external SCADA system via the REST interface
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Alarm management
Intelligent alarm management system
• Systematic management of alarms in the field of energy-, RCM- and power quality monitoring
• Monitoring of all measurement parameters of the UMG measurement devices
• Powerful alarm management (from GridVis® Release 4.2, Edition GridVis® -Service)
• Rapid and reliable signalling of fault conditions
(e.g. disconnected communications between measurement devices and measurement data servers, measured
value exceedances, etc.)
• Fully automatic fault reporting immediately after the occurrence via various different channels to be transmitted
to a multitude of different recipients
• Alarms are defined as events, which require an immediate reaction from the energy manager responsible or from
the person responsible for operations
• An individual adaptation can be implemented, tailored to the particular requirements of the operator through
the various options
Extensive range of services
• Direct, rapid and secure information for the service personnel responsible
• Convenient administration of employees and actions
• Acknowledge function
• Escalation management; in the event of there being no feedback the next employee is informed
• Log book function, alarm list with open and acknowledged alarms
• Sorting and filtering functions
Effective monitoring facilities
• Online values: Monitoring threshold values (absolute values, consumption values over time)
• Historical values: Monitoring threshold values (absolute values, consumption values over time)
• Monitoring the availability of the measurement points (UMGs) in terms of data communication
• Monitoring of the last point in time for synchronised data
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The following actions can be initiated in the event of an alarm
• Start a program (e.g.: SMS, Twitter, Modbus address, etc.)
• Send an email (text, alarm information)
• Acknowledge function, manually or automatic
• Pop-up window and sound
More security against technical issues
• A targeted escalation management guarantees a timely intervention in the event
of critical conditions and fault conditions
• In the event of a missing acknowledgment (after a defined period of time) the alarm will
be escalated
• An arbitrary number of escalation stages is possible
• If the alarm is not acknowledged and the next escalation stage activated, then further
actions are initiated
Supports the operating personnel with the rectification of faults
Checking of data and threshold values
Deletion of alarms without user activity
Assure the controllability of alarm rates
Grouping of alarms with the same user activity
Provision of clear message texts
Provision of assistance
Escalation of alarm messages in the event of fault not being rectified in good time
A professional alarm management system can
• Increase the availability and the performance of a monitoring system
• Reduce energy and operational costs
• Increase supply reliability
Fig.: Alarm plan configuration
Fig.: Configuration of alarm sources, selection of value types and threshold
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Software variants
Installations (desktop)
Installations (service / virtual server)
Number of measurement devices
Update interval
1 year
1 year
1 year
Telephone support
JanDB / Derby database
Manual reports
Graphical programming
Topology (graphical user interface)
Database support MS-SQL / MySQL*1
REST interface
Automatic reading
Virtual device
Automatic Excel export
Generic Modbus
Graphical programming module (read/write Modbus)
Automatic reports
Online data acquisition
User management
Alarm management
Item number
Item no / update extension per year
Item no / upgrade to next higher suite
*1 SQL database itself is not included in the scope of deliverables.
*2 This function is only available in conjunction with GridVis® installation on the desktop.
Number of devices: Max. number of simultaneously loaded devices (e.g. within the basic version: a project with 5 devices or 5 projects with one device).
Update interval: Time period in which new GridVis® versions can be installed free of charge.
Automatic reading: Device read-out in accordance with freely configurable time plans.
Online logging: Measured data from devices without onboard data memory is logged in the GridVis® software.
Service: The GridVis® software runs in the background and will be started automatically on the data server without any user log-in and will save the data from the
devices. GridVis®-Enterprise is included in the package and will be required for configuration and data processing.
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