Available Functionality Within Horizon:
Horizon provides SkySpecs customers and partners with a one-stop shop for managing their fleet's inspections, maintenance, repairs, and overall health. Functionality built within Horizon streamlines your blade management programs and centralizes all your historical data into an electronic medical record of your fleet.
As a SkySpecs inspection customer, you are automatically provided access to Horizon for reviewing all of your inspection results. The Horizon functionality included with a SkySpecs inspection allows a user to:
- View and manage fleet data associated with assets that were inspected
- View all of the images captured during an inspection
- Review all of the damages identified from the SkySpecs image analysis process
- Create follow up task for damages that require further inspection or repair
While the above functionality supports the entire inspection review workflow, it's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to remediating blade damages and understanding the risk profile of your fleet. To facilitate a true blade management program, SkySpecs offers advanced functionality available under a Horizon software subscription. With a Horizon software subscription a user can:
- Plan and prioritize repairs to optimize repair budgets
- Create Work Orders to group follow up Tasks into meaningful scopes of work for repair
- Create Campaigns to group Work Orders and track progress towards completion
- Share Work Orders with vendors outside of your organization
- Collect repair data and repair reports for historical tracking and record keeping
- Reconcile repairs with damages for an accurate representation of blade risk and fleet health
- Perform ad-hoc analysis, develop damage propagation models, and estimate repair budgets using the Horizon business intelligence platform for analytics.
The following document in intended to provide a high-level overview of the workflows and functionality within Horizon. There are links to additional articles embedded within each section to provide additional information. For more information on functionality available within Horizon, or for information regarding a Horizon subscription, please contact SkySpecs support at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd be happy to schedule a live demo with you!
Main Navigation Menu
In the top left corner of Horizon main navigation menu which provides access to different sections of the application. For an inspection only customer, the navigation menu will include the Horizon dashboard, "Fleet", "Inspections", and "Tasks" sections.
For customers with a Horizon subscription (access to advanced functionality), the navigation menu will include the Horizon dashboard, "Fleet", "Inspections", "Work Orders" and "Analytics" sections.
The Horizon Dashboard is the landing page when you first log into the application. This dashboard provides an overview of the most critical damages that were found during your inspection analysis, any upcoming or overdue tasks, a list of your most recent inspections, and a map of your fleet to quickly navigation to a particular site.
You can return back to the dashboard at any time by selecting the blue Horizon logo in the upper left corner of the screen.
The Fleet section of the application is used to:
View high-level site information like site name, location, and number of turbines.
Track asset information like turbine make and model and operational status of which turbines might be offline.
Track blade and component information like which auxiliary components have been installed on particular blades, blade make and model, and blade serial numbers.
The fleet view also provides access to all the historical inspections data for a particular turbine like photos, damages, and the ability to view those photos in a composite view. This view is particularly helpful when reviewing all the images after an inspection, comparing images from different years inspections, or comparing damages of a similar proximity on the blade.
For more information on how to update turbine asset data, please read the support article on Tracking Turbine Make, Model & Status
For more information on how auxiliary components can be recorded, please read the support article on Tracking Auxiliary Components on Turbines
The inspection section of Horizon is the main location for viewing all of the damages identified from your inspection. Serving as the database of all previous inspection data, this it the jumping off point for many of the damage review and decision making workflows that result in blade repairs or follow up inspections.
By default, after navigating to the inspection section using the main navigation menu, a list of all damages found from previous inspections is show:
At the top of the table and in the header of each column, there are built in filtering and sorting capabilities that allow for quick navigation of all your damages.
From this list, you can also view a thumbnail picture of the damage and additional damage details by expanding the damage row:
To explore the damage further, selecting the Damage ID will open a full screen viewer of the damage:
The full screen viewer is the location to start investigating a damage further to get an understand of the surrounding damage, the details of a damage, and the historical propagation of the damage.
The arrows at the top of the screen allow you to navigation from image to image along the length of the blade as well at around the blade. There is a support article on Damage Photo Navigation which provides additional details on how to use this navigation.
From the full screen view you can also access the Damage Details page. This page provides a detailed overview of the damage including the categorization, any comments from other Horizon users, and a chronology of the damage history and task creation. The support article on the Damage Details Page tells you everything you'd need to know about how to use this functionality.
When trying to investigate a damage more fully, there are a number of tools built into Horizon to assist you in this effort. For example, there is a side by side comparison view which allows you to view photos from separate years of inspections in order to evaluate any propagation that may have occurred.
For more information on the tools and workflows associated to the investigation of damages, please read the Damage Investigation Workflows article.
After evaluating a damage in Horizon, an extremely important step to making sure that a damage has been reviewed is the damage confirmation workflow. This records that this damage has been evaluated and the categorization of the damage has been confirmed. This confirmation acts as the bookmark when performing a damage review process. The Damage Confirmation Workflow article provides all the details you'd need to know in order to effectively use this workflow.
For customers with the inspection only functionality within Horizon, the last option you'll have available in your main navigation menu is Tasks. Tasks are a base unit of work in Horizon which represent actions or repairs that need to take place on particular damages and assets.
The main use case for Tasks is, when performing the damage review workflow and marking damages as confirmed, the user can determine which damages should be repaired, inspected, or left as-is for the time being. When a damage needs to be repaired or inspected, a Task can be created to track that work.
For details on why and how Tasks can be created, please read the the support article on Creating Tasks in Horizon.
Once tasks are created, navigating to the Task menu will show you a full list of all the tasks created for your account.
For Horizon users that are paying for the advanced functionality within Horizon, there are many more actions available to prioritize repair decisions, manage repair campaigns, collect data associated to repairs, and share repair data with collaborators outside of your organization.
The first step in effectively performing a repair campaign is to understand which damages need to be reviewed. The damage review process covered in the Inspections sections of this document covers reviewing damages. After damages are reviewed and a decision to repair has been made, Tasks can be created to manage and track all the individual damages that need to be repaired. The Creating Unplanned Tasks support article provides details on how to create and find these newly created Tasks.
The next step in performing a repair campaign is to correctly prioritize the repairs that should occur. This could mean organizing repairs into groups that should occur immediately vs within 6-months, optimizing which repairs should be performed under the available repair budget, or grouping repairs tasks by asset in order to assign them to the correct repair teams. All of these needs result in grouping Tasks into Work Orders. Work Orders serve as a container for grouping alike Tasks together for sharing, tracking, or repair optimization purposes. A list of all your work orders can be found in the Work Order sub navigation menu.
The support article on Planning Unplanned Tasks provides additional information on how to move from Tasks into Work Orders and how to structure work orders for your particular use case.
Additionally, once work orders are created, Tasks can be moved from one Work Order to another. This could be done to re-prioritize repairs, to reassign repairs to another vendor, or for damage sharing purposes. For more details around moving tasks between work orders, please read the support article on Moving Tasks From One Work Order to Another.
Once Tasks have been grouped into Work Orders, there is another container in Horizon called a Campaign that can be used to group Work Orders together. Campaigns can be found within the Campaign sub navigation menu under the Work Orders main navigation tree.
A Campaign can be created to group Work Orders together for many different purposes. Some examples include:
- Grouping Work Orders of a particular repair type across multiple sites. For example, fleet wide erosion repairs or leading edge protection application.
- Grouping Work Orders into a seasonal bucket of work. For example, all 2020 repairs for a particular site.
- Grouping Work Orders assigned to a particular repair vendor. For example, all 2020 repairs assigned to repair vendor X.
For more information on creating Campaigns, please read the support article on Creating Campaigns from Work Orders.
One of the final steps in executing an effective repair campaign utilizing Horizon functionality is the ability to collaborate with repair vendors directly in Horizon. Horizon work orders can be shared directly with individuals outside of the main customer organization through the collaborator functionality on Work Orders. Once a collaborator is added to a Work Order, the collaborator can log into their own Horizon account and view all the details of the Work Orders that have been shared with them. They also have the ability to add documentation and provide status updates directly to the work order.
This provide a great deal of value when trying to manage multiple repair campaigns across many sites and with many vendors. Giving repair vendors access to Horizon directly takes many of the manual process that are conducted through email or within PDFs and digitizes them into a central record keeping system; Horizon. This not only provides a much more efficient process for communication but also creates a lasting history of what happened and the data that was collected for your entire organization to have access to.
For more details on vendor collaboration on Work Orders, please read the support article on Vendor Collaboration
For more information on how to collect daily updates from activity occurring on site, please read the Work Logs support article. Since Work Logs are configurable based on the use case and needs of your particular workflow, if there is interest in utilizing work logs, please reach out to email@example.com to schedule a detailed discussion.
The Analytics section of Horizon is an extremely powerful data warehouse that allows for advanced analysis of Horizon data. This business intelligence tool can be used to analyze data associated to damages, tasks, work orders, campaigns, or any other data that is stored in a structured format in Horizon. Whether it be ad-hoc investigation and analysis or creating reporting dashboards to manage repair campaigns, the Analytics tool gives Horizon users the power to slice and dice data as needed.
When using the Analytics section of Horizon to investigate damage information, there are many ways to visualize the data. These visualizations could include a high-level distribution of damage severity, the breakdown of significant damages by site, turbine or blade, or the total area of erosion identified to prepare for LEP application. The dashboard below is a simple visualization of the breakdown of damages by site, type, and severity.
In another example, dashboards can be created that compare damage results from one year of inspections to a previous years inspection.
In a final example, dashboards can be created to track repair campaigns, progress towards completion, and to track repair quality.
These are just a few illustrative examples of the dashboards that can be created using data within Horizon. The SkySpecs Solutions team can support you in developing your desired visualization and further understanding your data to help make informed operational decisions.
The SkySpecs support team is available and ready to help with any questions that you may have. If you would like additional information on any of the details provided in this document or to schedule a live demo of this functionality, please don't hesitate to submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.