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Endeavour Energy is one of Australia’s biggest electricity distributors, and the task of managing its assets is large and complex. The utility recently undertook the task of upgrading their vegetation management system, and has implemented a software platform that has significantly simplified a once complicated part of its overall asset management program.

Endeavour Energy is a leading electricity distribution company operating in New South Wales, servicing more than 2.7 million people living and working across Sydney’s Greater West, the Blue Mountains, the Southern Highlands, Illawarra and the South Coast. With an estimated value of $6.7 billion, the network supplies 1,034,215 customers spanning over 25,000 square kilometres.

Endeavour Energy’s vast network is made up of more than 430,000 power poles and streetlight columns, 202 major substations and 32,600 distribution substations connected by nearly 60,600 kilometres of underground and overhead cables. It also integrates with renewable energy sources including 200,000 residential solar connections, industrial solar and embedded large-scale batteries.

Endeavour Energy was experiencing a number of challenges in managing data and data accuracy around its vegetation management processes. With their system, they were finding it difficult to integrate different programs and techniques within vegetation management. There was also a lack of transparency of contractor works both operationally and commercially and the company lacked the capability to make data-driven decisions.

Knowing they needed to update their vegetation management system, Endeavour Energy set out to find a platform that would:
• Increase transparency on contractor works
• Provide easy access to live data
• Offer greater control over program costs
• Lead to improved data quality
• Act as a single source of truth for all facets of vegetation management

The Xugo solution
After assessing the solutions on the market, Endeavour Energy opted to implement Xugo, a powerful work management software solution that can be used for vegetation management.

Since migrating over to the Xugo platform, Endeavour Energy is now able to monitor all facets of its vegetation management program, with the ability to segregate individual work programs. This has resulted in increased control over the service/performance management of the overall program.

Xugo facilitates instantaneous reporting on all aspects of the contract, ensuring timely and accurate monitoring of operations. The platform allows for live changes of tasks
and hazards, ensuring productivity counts are correct and up-to-date. Additionally, Xugo has provided increased visibility of the audit trail for operational, financial and
commercial outcomes.

Overall, Xugo has enabled Endeavour Energy to have better control over its information and workflows, resulting in more confidence in the process and the data. The platform provides real-time visibility when it comes to the completion of works and improved abilities for data standardisation, summary and statistical reporting and trend analysis.

“Xugo is a ready-to-go solution backed by a strong team of analysts and developers at SFI. They understand the nuances of our business operations and organisation data and the Xugo mobile application and work management software is configured to effectively support those specific needs,” said Sagar Lamba, Manager – Major Contracts, Endeavour Energy.

“The responsive support post-deployment, for both field staff and back-end users has ensured a successful transition to Xugo at Endeavour Energy.”

This sponsored editorial is brought to you by Xugo. To learn more about how Xugo can simplify vegetation management processes for your business, head to www.xugo.com.au

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