IFS has announced its established relationship with worldwide geographical information systems (GIS) specialist ESRI.. By bringing GIS and enterprise asset management together, users are able to better visualize all aspects of their business operations, such as electricity grids. This ability to navigate from maps to IFS Applications and vice versa enables operational and customer issues to be resolved faster and more cost effectively. Geographical context makes it easier to understand the challenges faced by the field service teams. This ability translates to better decision making on personnel and equipment deployment; ensuring companies get assets back on-line faster.
“After several years of collaboration on a number of specific projects, we have now formalized our working relationship with IFS,” ESRI Marketing Manager of Utility Solutions Mitchell D. Garnett, PE said. “We view IFS as a premier solution provider for asset-intensive industries such as utilities and the oil & gas sectors. We now look to expand the work we are doing with IFS and deliver greater value to our joint customers.”
“Our research has shown that spatially enabled work and asset management applications are key building blocks for the intelligent grid,” Energy Insights and IDC Company Vice President of Research Rick Nicholson said. “Not only will more personnel need to view spatial information, but as less experienced people join the workforce, they will also need easier ways to visualize and think about the grid.”
One of the joint customers is Statnett, who owns and operates the main Norwegian power grid and the Norwegian section of power lines and subsea cables to other countries.
“Statnett integrated ESRI and IFS Applications some years ago,” Statnett Maintenance Department Director Einar Mørk said. “We have seen many benefits, such as reductions in manpower and materials costs, improvements in customer service levels, improved asset performance, and better environmental stewardship.”