The University of Texas at San Antonio's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department hosted a PI workshop on May 12, 2016.  The one day workshop took place on the UTSA campus and was hosted by ECE Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair and Professor, Dr. Mo Jamshidi.  The workshop was well attended by numerous ECE department graduate students and faculty.


The purpose of the workshop was for the UTSA students and faculty to obtain a better understanding of how OSIsoft's PI System is used globally by industry leading companies across the value chain in the fields of oil & gas, power & utilities, and facilities optimization.  The discussions also focused on how other universities are currently deploying the PI System for research and classroom learning in the fields of big data, facilities optimization, and as a real-time data infrastructure for various Smart Grid research projects, including microgrid deployment and analysis of phasor measurement unit (PMU) data.


One of OSIsoft's field service engineers, Dan Lopez, presented key PI System functionality and demonstrated how real-time information can be extracted from the PI System in a variety of ways, including:

-- For KPI and trend analysis on web and mobile devices

-- Importing data into Microsoft Excel, for ad-hoc analysis and exposure to Matlab

-- Extracting cleansed data as input to various machine learning modeling platforms

-- Integrating real-time data onto Esri's ArcGIS maps and operations dashboards

In the afternoon session, the group discussed various internal research projects for the PI System, including analysis of their multi-campus PV solar panel data, use of PI System future data for renewable energy forecasting, and as a decision support system for advanced robotics projects.


The group achieved a more in-depth understanding of how the PI System works and how it can be applied to their individual and department research initiatives.  The workshop was concluded by a visit to the UTSA robotics labs.