T&D World Magazine

New Zealand Utility to Expand GIS

Powerco, New Zealand’s second largest electricity and gas utility company, has selected Telvent Miner & Miner to replace its existing GIS solution. The solution consists of ArcFM, ArcFM Viewer and Network Adapter from Telvent Miner & Miner, ArcGIS software from ESRI, and professional services consisting of data conversion, data modeling and system configuration delivered by TM&M’s business partner, Eagle Technology. The solution is expected to go live in December 2007.

“Powerco was very specific in that they wanted a commercial off-the-shelf solution (COTS) which would require minimal custom development or modification to meet their business requirements,” says Peng Aik Lim, National GIS Account Director at Eagle. “Telvent Miner & Miner’s ArcFM extensions provide industry-standard data models and functionality and are, as a result, exactly what Powerco specified. By acquiring a COTS solution, Powerco will be able to quickly implement the solution and begin to realize a rapid return on investment. TM&M’s ArcFM solution offers an unparalleled level of functionality for the management of electric, gas, water/wastewater and telecommunications networks in a single software package.”

The project is significant because Powerco’s current GIS solution was becoming unsupportable. “We had already developed a number of GIS-based business processes which we wanted to retain with the new system,” says Evans-Parker. “We wanted to ensure that the proposed system could enhance our current processes and cleanly integrate with our existing solutions.”

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