Company's uniform GIS is bringing more efficient network management and better customer service.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced that envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG (enviaM) is deploying Intergraph's G/Net and G/Electric, two modules of the company's next-generation G/Technology-based industryware for utilities, to optimize work processes and automate network operation. Formed in 2002 with the merger of two regional energy providers, the German multi-utilities company is headquartered in Chemnitz. enviaM provides electric and energy-related services to 1.6 million customers over a 26,000 square kilometer network that extends approximately 76,000 km across the eastern German federal states of Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Brandenburg and portions of Thuringen. Today, their annual electricity output is approximately 21 billion kWh, which is the equivalent of one quarter of the total usage in eastern Germany.

Previously, only 20 percent of enviaM's net data was available in digital format. enviaM determined that a uniform, next-generation geographic information system (GIS), which digitized and standardized spatial information and item content and gave data access to user groups across the organization, would provide economical benefits in the planning, project engineering, building, operating and documenting of the grid network and function control. enviaM chose Intergraph (Deutschland) GmbH as the technology partner.

enviaM expects to minimize administration expenditures, shorten response times and improve quality of services by automating network operations.

Intergraph's G/Net is a multi-utility application specifically developed for utility companies in German-speaking regions. G/Electric provides built-in network design tools for cable networks; automated network tracing; query and spatial analysis for both mobile and Web users; and data import and export interfaces - including an interface to the company's SAP Plant Maintenance application. In addition, the solution supports integration of vector and raster data. Both modules are based on standard, non-proprietary formats to support system integration and enterprisewide data access.

Phased implementation for the multi-stage project has begun with completion expected in October 2004. G/Net is currently being used for data continuation and online Web information. Also, the initial digital capture of the majority of network data has begun. The implementation of geospatial functionality for the low and medium voltage network and set up of interfaces to third-party and mobile systems, such as the automated network operation, is expected to be completed in May 2004. The next phase will include implementation of the GIS for the high voltage and telecommunications network. Upon project completion, the system will support 170 design seats for data continuation and analysis and 970 information access seats - online and offline - for network management and energy-related services.

Source: Intergraph, May 4, 2004