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Saint John Energy Implements GIS-Based Design Solution

The Power Commission of the City of Saint John (Saint John Energy), Saint John, New Brunswick (NB), has announced its selection of Designer, a GIS-based design solution from Telvent Miner & Miner (TM&M). The implementation of Designer, which includes embedded ArcFM tools for asset and facilities management, will assist Saint John Energy in more efficiently providing electric service to their customers.

Saint John Energy is a municipal electric utility that has been serving the City of Saint John since 1922. The focus of the utility has been the efficient delivery of electricity to local consumers. As a non-generating utility, its primary responsibility is the distribution of electricity and customer service for about 35,000 customers.

Designer will replace the two current, non-integrated processes for detailing and design with a single, integrated process and will automate the generation of cost estimates and bills of materials. Implementation of Designer ensures a single point of entry into the engineering database of record (the GIS), thereby eliminating redundant efforts and data throughout the project life-cycle. Through integration with Saint John Energy’s Great Plains accounting software and its Transformer and Switch application (previously developed by ESRI Canada), the project will deliver a system that supports an end-to-end design process. Using TM&M’s Workflow Manager, as part of the solution, authorized staff throughout Saint John Energy will be able to directly review, assign, manage, and report on all jobs and work in progress.

“Designer will provide us with a streamlined information flow from the field through to our operations, engineering, finance, and stores departments respectively,” said Bob Bernard, GIS CAD specialist, Saint John Energy. “We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with Telvent Miner & Miner and providing our customers with safe, reliable electricity at the lowest rates possible.”

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