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Detecting Fault Location within Power Distribution Systems in Iraq using AI

Application Deadline: April 4


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This is a paid opportunity. In order to be eligible to apply for this project, you need to be part of the Omdena community and have finished at least one AI Innovation Challenge.

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The problem

The challenge of accurately locating faults within power distribution systems is a significant hurdle in maintaining the reliability and stability of electrical networks. Traditional fault detection methods, which often involve manual inspections by teams with lights and torches, are not only time-consuming but also labor-intensive. This approach becomes particularly challenging during nighttime operations or in adverse weather conditions, leading to prolonged power outages and increased risk of accidents for the inspection teams. In regions like Iraq, where the power distribution infrastructure may face additional strains due to environmental factors, aging equipment, or conflict-related damages, the need for a more efficient and reliable method of fault detection is even more pressing.

The impact of relying on these outdated methods is multifaceted. Firstly, prolonged power outages resulting from delayed fault detection and repair can have severe economic consequences, disrupting businesses, essential services, and daily life. Secondly, the manual method of fault location is resource-intensive, requiring significant manpower and equipment, which can strain the budgets of power distribution companies. Thirdly, the safety risks associated with manual inspections, especially in hazardous conditions or at night, cannot be overstated. Lastly, the inability to quickly and accurately locate faults can lead to increased wear and tear on the electrical network, as undetected or poorly managed faults may cause further damage to the infrastructure.

By leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to develop solutions for fault location within Iraq’s power distribution systems, this project aims to address these challenges head-on. The implementation of AI-based technologies promises to revolutionize the process of fault detection, offering a faster, more accurate, and less labor-intensive method of identifying problem areas within the electrical network. This shift towards advanced technological methods is expected to significantly enhance the efficiency, reliability, and resilience of the power distribution system, reducing the frequency and duration of power outages, minimizing economic disruptions, and improving the safety conditions for inspection teams. Ultimately, this initiative represents a critical step forward in modernizing Iraq’s energy sector and building a more stable and reliable power distribution infrastructure.

The project goals

The primary goal of this project is to develop and implement a cutting-edge solution for detecting fault locations within power distribution systems in Iraq, utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to significantly enhance the efficiency, reliability, and safety of the electrical network. This initiative is poised to unfold through a series of meticulously planned phases:

  • Collaborative Solution Exploration: In this initial phase, a Machine Learning Engineer will collaborate closely with a domain expert from the partner organization to thoroughly understand the partner’s requirements and the existing system’s architecture. The aim is to explore potential AI-based solutions that align with the specific needs and constraints of the local power distribution infrastructure.
  • Understanding Local Transmission Architecture: A deep dive into the architecture and maps of the local transmission lines, including stations and substations, will be conducted. This comprehensive understanding is crucial for identifying the most effective points for AI integration and ensuring that the proposed solution is seamlessly compatible with the existing infrastructure.
  • AI Solution Identification: Leveraging the insights gained from the previous phase, this stage focuses on identifying possible AI-driven solutions for accurately detecting fault locations. The exploration will include evaluating various Machine Learning models and algorithms that are best suited for analyzing the complex data patterns associated with power distribution faults.
  • Detailed Proposal Development: Based on the outcomes of the solution identification phase, a detailed proposal will be prepared for the client. This proposal will outline the recommended AI solution, including its technical specifications, implementation strategy, expected benefits, and potential impact on the efficiency and reliability of the power distribution system.

Thus, this project aims to deliver a robust and innovative AI-powered solution tailored to the unique challenges of Iraq’s power distribution system. This initiative is expected to mark a significant advancement in the field of electrical network management, providing a reliable, efficient, and user-friendly tool for fault detection. Through the strategic implementation of AI technologies, the project aspires to transform the way faults are identified and addressed within power distribution networks, thereby contributing to the overall stability and resilience of the electrical infrastructure in Iraq.

Hours and Timeline: 5-8 hrs/week for 3 weeks.

**More details will be shared with the designated team.

Why join? The uniqueness of Omdena Top Talent Projects

Top Talent opportunities come as a natural next step after participating in Omdena’s AI Innovation Challenges.

Everyone in the community is eligible to participate once they have shown the relevant skills based on the merit of involvement in past Omdena challenges and the community.

If you are looking for the next challenge after participating in one or more Omdena AI Innovation Challenges, then we believe you have made the right choice! With a healthy, pressured environment, you will be pushed to contribute, learn and grow even more.

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Finished at least one AI Innovation Challenge

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Skill requirements

Good English

Machine Learning Engineer

Experience working with Machine Learning, and/or Data Analysis is a plus.



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