What are contours and how can I use them?
Simulator has the ability to contour the system parameters on the one-line diagram. The output of the contouring is a plot very similar to the temperature contours seen in the newspaper, except a system parameter, not temperature, is being contoured. This feature can be extremely useful for rapidly assessing power system conditions in a large region. For example we have one client that has a contour of more than 4000 bus voltages which is updated from real-time data approximately every minute. Using this one-line in conjunction with our OPF add-on, you can use contouring to show price profiles throughout the U.S.
July 3, 2012