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Denver Co-op to Implement ArcFM for GIS

Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) has chosen Telvent Miner & Miner’s ArcFM Solution for its enterprise GIS system. IREA decided to implement ArcFM as the solution to meet the company-wide GIS requirements. ArcFM will allow for spatial data access in all departments and provide a mobile solution for engineering and operations.

With more than 135,000 members, Intermountain Rural Electric Association is one of the largest and fastest-growing of more than 900 member-owned electric distribution cooperatives in the United States. IREA’s 5000-square-mile service territory includes all or parts of 10 counties to the east, west and south of the metro Denver area and west of Colorado Springs. IREA headquarters are located in Sedalia, Colorado, with four district offices located in Sedalia, Strasburg, Conifer and Woodland Park.

Intermountain REA chose ArcFM based on proven technology and industry presence of the Telvent Miner & Miner product. Recommendations from other utilities within the large ArcFM user base also played a major role in the decision. Intermountain REA will benefit from efficiency and standardization tools that will allow integration of GIS data and functionality across many departments including operations, general finance, consumer accounting, and engineering.

Telvent Miner & Miner is currently assisting IREA with the data conversion process and implementation of the ArcFM solution. Intermountain REA is projected to go into production with their new solution in April 2007.

“The Mapping Department here has done very well at creating and maintaining an accurate and up-to-date database picture of our facilities. What we haven’t done well is provide more than paper maps to the rest of the company. The company needs a way to interact with, and get answers to, the questions they have about our system. The ArcFM Solution opens the door to providing these capabilities, allowing us to get the data to the real users.” Duane Holt, supervisor of GIS, IREA.

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