LEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT—7: Knowledge management and computational learning for lean energy management

Most "energy factories," such as refineries and petrochemical plants, nuclear and electric power generation facilities, and electricity transmission and distribution systems have processes that are centrally controlled by operators monitoring supervisory control & data acquisition (SCADA) sensors distributed throughout the field operations.The National Aeronautics & Space Administration's Mission Control exemplifies this type of control center methodology that uses computers to keep operators up to date with measurements that monitor the real-time conditions of the system, whatever it is. A revolution in operational engineering, known collectively as "lean management," has swept throu...

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