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CenterPoint Energy Initiates the New ArcFM Graphic Design Extension

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is an early adopter of Designer Express, a new graphic design extension of ArcFM Enterprise GIS Solution. CenterPoint will be one of the first users of Designer Express, expected to be released commercially in the near future.

CenterPoint, headquartered in Houston, Texas, implemented ArcFM GIS (Geographic Information System), developed by Telvent on the ESRI ArcGIS platform, to consolidate and standardize on a single GIS across its multiple electricity and natural gas units. CenterPoint now is adding the Designer Express application to integrate design capabilities with the configurable architecture of the ArcFM Solution. This project began in July 2008, with production expected at its first business unit by year-end and subsequent deployment in early 2009.

Designer Express provides "lightweight" sketching abilities using a simplified data model and simpler design tab functionality - compared to the full-featured Designer product. Its streamlined user interface is tailored for fast and accurate sketch creation and cost estimate generation.

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