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Common Information Model

Funding mechanismNetwork Innovation Allowance (NIA)
DurationMay 2016 - Aug 2018
Project expenditure750k
Research areaNetwork Operations, Comms & IT
  • South West
  • February 2019

    The project is complete. Next steps continue for the follow on project which will extend beyond the NIA trial region to cover all four WPD licence regions un…


The objectives of this project are to:

  1. Extend the existing Integrated Network Model for 11kV to export data in CIM format;
  2. Create a replicable process to combine data for 33kV and 66kV and 132kV networks to identify data quality issues and provide a CIM format output; and
  3. Test the benefits that arise from creating a CIM format network model in terms of software adoption, information exchange and system interfaces.



DNOs typically have asset data residing in several separate systems. The data held supports the function of each system e.g. asset management, geographical representation or network control. The systems will differ in the assets that are included and may not reference the same asset with the same unique reference. Additionally there may be a reliance on manual processes to keep systems aligned. 

This leads to the following problems;

  • It is hard to identify and rectify data quality issues;
  • A dataset that is rich enough to support complex analysis cannot be exported from any one system; 
  • Individual data formats slow the adoption of new software as the custom tailoring of data is expensive and time consuming; and
  • Exchanging data with third parties is also time-consuming and may not provide all the data required.


The Common Information Model for electricity is an international standard developed to support exchange of electrical network information and could be used to support the information layer of the smart grid architecture model. Project FALCON successfully combined data for the 11kV network from key systems to create an Integrated Network Model and this project will initially build on that work to create a comprehensive, accurate and portable network model in CIM format. The benefits of having data in this format will then be tested to determine whether there is a business case to convert and maintain data in this format, and a requirement in the future for our software to support CIM format.