Powerco goes with Eagle for GIS upgrade

Off-the-shelf system meets utility's needs

Powerco has selected Eagle Technology to replace its GeoNET geographic information system (GIS) and to provide the relevant services, such as data conversion, data modelling and system configuration.

The new solution consists of ArcGIS software from ESRI and ArcFM software from Miner & Miner.

Powerco information services manager Blane Evans-Parker says the company wanted a commercial off-the-shelf solution that would require minimal customisation or modification to meet its business requirements.

“Eagle’s track record of implementations and post-project support, ArcGIS’ ability to integrate cleanly with our existing J D Edwards financial package and Oracle back-end database, and the quality of their software solutions all contributed to the decision,” he says.

The ESRI-solution is expected to go live in December.

ArcFM provides management of electric, gas, water/waste-water and telecommunications networks in a single software package.

Evans-Parker says the GeoNET software was becoming unsupportable. “We had developed a number of GIS-based business processes which we wanted to retain with the new system.

“ArcGIS and ArcFM will enable us to improve data quality and consistency by consolidating all of our data into a single normalised geodata database.”

Powerco is New Zealand’s second-largest electricity and gas distribution utility. It has around 400,000 consumers connected to its networks.

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