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Title: Gas Dispatch Minicomputer Nine Years After
Author: Carl H. Myers, William E. Witwer
Source: American Gas Association 1975
Year Published: 1975
Abstract: Back in 1965, it was decided to install a minicomputer at UGI Corporation to acquire data, compute and totalize gas flows, generate a data base for gas supply decisions, and assist the gas controller. The installation, completed in late 1966, has been eminently successful in five areas: 1. Penalties for excess daily, seasonal, and annual take have been avoided. 2. Improved (precise) utilization of available gas supplies has resulted. A reduction in the safety margin from more than three percent (3%) in 1963-64 to less than one percent (1%), translates into a cost savings of 100,000 per year. 3. Expansion of the system, including remote control, has been accomplished inexpensively. 4. Consolidation of functions, equipment, and personnel has resulted in savings of approximately 100,000 per year. 5. The historic repeatability of system accuracy (vs. invoiced volumes) has formed the basis for numerous audits of supplier charts resulting in further net savings.