Company: Nova Scotia Power
Background: Sean Borden is an Industrial Engineer, graduating from Dalhousie University in 2009. He also holds his Masters in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University (’14). Sean is currently the manager of Transmission & Distribution Capital at Nova Scotia Power. He has experience in utilities with a focus on Operations, Asset Management, Project Management and Power Restoration
Topic Description: In October 2016, Grand Bahama Power was hit by a category 4 hurricane, this presentation will focus on the restoration process and industrial engineer principles deployed to safely and efficiently restore power to the island. Models were developed to forecast expected infrastructure damage and associated timelines to repair. Geographic Information Systems were deployed with scheduling heuristics to more efficiently dispatch powerline technician resources. Linear Programming models had an important role in this restoration effort and had to be modified to account for customer satisfaction as well as minimizing customer outage hours.