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Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions today began shipping the latest release of G/Technology software, version 9.2. The result of the company's commitment to build and maintain industry-specific, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions, G/Technology delivers an integrated geofacilities management system that optimizes operational efficiency and reduces the cost of designing, operating and maintaining a service delivery network of utilities and communications companies.
To date, more than 100 companies around the world have embraced Intergraph's G/Technology and are in various stages of implementation. These companies along with the worldwide utilities and communications market help drive the enhancements included in this and each of G/Technology's releases.
New and improved features in version 9.2 provide end users and system administration with significant productivity gains. Key areas of enhanced functionality include:
- Version 9.2 speeds the process of upgrading Intergraph's flagship FRAMME AM/FM/GIS to G/Technology. New in version 9.2 is the G/Technology Project Tool (GPT), a wizard GUI that drives all activity to hasten the development of data models, symbology and menus. Specifically, GPT helps transition FRAMME rulebase information into G/Technology's Oracle data warehouse. To accelerate application development, the new Metadata Explorer allows real-time edits to metadata definitions, with the ability to interactively change certain parameters.
- New Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) support site-specific requirements through custom interfaces and customer-specific business rules as an adjunct to the solution's configurability. The enhanced APIs introduce Microsoft's Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) into the G/Technology framework. This increases G/Technology's extensibility, providing an integrated development and debugging environment and further supporting the integration of custom software.
- With this release, system administration capabilities for user management have been extended to further protect the integrity of the corporate geofacilities database. Access control is now managed through the definition of roles in the Oracle database and the assignment of roles to specific users or user groups. This provides the means to configure the system so that specific functionality is presented to a specific set of users at the application level.
- An updated user interface includes support for slide-out and roll-up dockable controls that maximize screen use and display fidelity and give users access to all the data and tools needed to support complex workflows.
- Plotting enhancements introduce support for dynamic redline text, multi-sided polygon redlines, irregular-shaped map frames, automatic fields for active-job attributes and symbology overrides that match the capabilities of specific plotting devices at plot time.
G/Technology's open data concept provides solid foundation for GRM G/Technology goes beyond traditional AM/FM/GIS applications to support a full Geospatial Resource Management (GRM) environment with an open data concept that enables efficient integration among key engineering, operational and customer-related corporate systems. Geometry, attributes and business rules are housed in Oracle, enabling G/Technology solutions to easily share information with other corporate applications and incorporate data changes initiated by them. Because the solution is truly open, there is no need for proprietary programming thus avoiding the expense of specially trained personnel. The technology's precise interaction with Oracle and its ability to minimize network traffic provide companies with a highly scalable solution that dramatically reduces database processing and wait times in multi-user environments.
Intergraph offers G-Technology-based industryware that is established on the industries' best practices and is key enabling technology for Geospatial Resource Management. These packages are available for electric, communications, gas, pipeline, water/wastewater, and multi-utility companies.
Source: Intergraph, July 8, 2004