Mettenmeier Asset Strategy Simulation Tools

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Decision Support Tools and Simulation Software

Mettenmeier provides energy supply companies with consulting services and simulation-based decision support software to support the various aspects of asset management that are of relevance to their business activities.

We offer a portfolio of pre-defined solutions, which are specifically designed to provide the best possible support for the issues that typically arise in relation to asset management. Customers can choose to implement complete or partial solutions.

These solutions are based on the Vesta simulation platform, which consists of components that support the key tasks that comprise asset management. These modular components are combined to create a complete solution that meets each customer's requirements and supports all tasks that form part of global strategy planning and the analysis of technical and business developments.

The simulation platform comprises the following components (modules), which can, in turn, be enhanced with special functions:

SAM – Strategic Asset Management

SAM is an end-to-end tool that can be used across all divisions for integrated strategy development and optimisation in aset management. SAM’s simulation capabilities are based on the modelling of aging chains for groups of assets that have already been pre-configured and parameterised in the system. SAM supports strategic planning with functions for comparing simulation variants in terms of their impact on key figures.
  • Development of long-term maintenance and investment strategies
  • Risk analysis and quality management
  • Simulation of the current asset inventory using proven aging models
  • Mapping of all grid areas across all divisions (client capability)
  • Resource planning
  • Condition-based action planning and asset forecasting

OAM – Operational Asset Management

OAM is a tool that supports decision-making in tactical and operational asset management. Based on an asset database that is used to manage the complete inventory of single assets, OAM enables analyses of the condition, importance, and risk associated with each individual asset. In this way, OAM supports operational asset planning by allowing measures to be evaluated and assessed on the basis of specific assets.
  • Short- and medium-term action planning for individual assets
  • Evaluation methods for creating lists of measures and priorities
  • Allocation of budgets from strategic planning (SAM)
  • Action planning across all divisions (complex measures)
  • Connecting to GIS services (e.g. web mapping services)
  • Connecting this module directly to the SAM module enables the development of even more sophisticated strategies in tactical and operational planning.

REG – Strategic Regulation Management

REG is a simulation tool for commercial and strategic regulation management. It enables simulations of developments in the revenue cap and other company key figures. The stand-out feature of REG is the integrated view it offers of regulatory requirements and their implications from a business perspective. Simulations in REG take account of basic business and commercial principles from the areas of profit and loss accounting, balance-sheet accounting and financial accounting, and set these against the backdrop of asset strategies in the context of incentive regulation.
  • Forecasting of future costs and profits in medium-term economic planning
  • Simulation of revenue caps and imputed values
  • An integrated view of legal and regulatory considerations
  • A comprehensive analysis of action strategies (commercial and regulatory)
  • Mapping of grid areas across all divisions (client capability)
  • A controlling instrument for cost control
  • To support data collection for regulatory authorities

TEA – Technical and Economic Asset Register

TEA focuses on calculating the depreciation and net book values of fixed assets based on both commercial calculation rules and the rules for imputed/regulatory calculations. Based on the complete asset inventory (of individual assets in the asset database), the TEA provides the relevant input values for investment planning and for the calculation of the imputed return on equity in any time series of the user’s choice within the period for which the simulation is run. A flexible assignment of assets to various asset groups (alternative segmentation) enables an integrated analysis from a technical and commercial perspective.
  • Use in medium-term economic planning
  • Calculation of imputed costs
  • Assessing the best possible times of investments
  • Weighing up different variants in investment planning
  • Concession management
  • Rating of grid areas and sale values
  • Calculation of the input values for the B2 evaluation sheet to be submitted to the regulatory authorities, and the values to be fed into the calculation of imputed values
  • Combining the TEA with the REG model enables an integrated assessment of medium-term investment planning from both commercial and regulatory perspectives.