PMUVis: A Large Scale Platform to Assist Power System Operators in a Smart Grid

Anjana Arunkumar, Nitin Gupta, Andrea Pinceti, Lalitha Sankar, Chris Bryan

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Electric transmission power grids are being revamped with the widespread deployment of GPS-enabled Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) for real-time wide-area monitoring and control via precise, time-synchronized measurements of voltage and current. Large, concurrently produced volumes of noisy data hinder PMU usability, particularly for the analysis of power oscillation and load fluctuation events in the grid. We examine visualization challenges for events in the electric power grid and develop PMUVis, a visualization platform that supports scalable analysis of grid network topology and anomalous events in near-time. PMUVis incorporates a novel FFT-based approach over raw and temporally aggregated data to examine oscillation event propagation through the grid network. We validate PMUVis with expert reviews and a case study, and discuss how visualization can be leveraged to enhance real-time, spatiotemporal grid analysis by advancing operator capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Data visualization
  • Industries
  • Monitoring
  • Oscillators
  • Phasor measurement units
  • Power systems
  • Real-time systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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