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POWER Engineers, Inc. (POWER), a global consulting engineering firm specializing in integrated GIS and asset management enterprise solutions, announced today that it was awarded a contract with NorthWestern Energy (NorthWestern) to provide services for a four-year GIS Expansion project. NorthWestern will expand their GIS based on a Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan developed by POWER and NorthWestern in 2010.
POWER will partner with NorthWestern internal resources to meet these project objectives for the next level of GIS enterprise use and system integration:
ü GIS Inventory Expansion
ü Outage Management/Mobile Work Management/Computer Aided Dispatch (OMS/MWM/CAD)
ü Gas Line Integrity
ü Advanced Field Automation
ü Interfaces to SAP, LD-Pro, CIS and Scheduling
Jana Constant, POWER’s Manager, Project Development, commented: “This partnership with NorthWestern represents the type of relationship we strive for with our clients and the level of commitment we make – from project inception to completion. This project is designed for success, and we look forward to helping meet NorthWestern’s goals for GIS expansion at the enterprise level.”
POWER’s scope of services for this multi-year project includes:
ü Project planning and initiation
ü Data services consulting
ü Data conversion support
ü Software implementation support
ü Interface design and development
ü Project management support
Initially, POWER will provide strategic consulting services to assist NorthWestern in the selection of the software platform for OMS/MWM/CAD. POWER’s initial technical consulting will include process and software development needed to export data from NorthWestern’s G/Technology GIS for field verification, and to import the data to G/Technology following field verification.
“We are looking forward to continuing our business relationship with POWER. To date, POWER has been instrumental in planning for the GIS Expansion project. POWER’s consultants provide valuable insight from experience, and we look forward to their continued support on the project over the next four years,” stated Donnell Kuchtyn, Project Manager.
About NorthWestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy is one of the largest providers of electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest, serving approximately 665,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. As a fully regulated provider, NorthWestern serves 349 cities through its electric and gas distribution and transmission operations.
About POWER Engineers
POWER Engineers is a consulting engineering firm specializing in energy, facilities, communications, and environmental services. Founded in 1976, POWER Engineers is an employee-owned company with offices throughout the United States and abroad. POWER’s GIS and Asset Management Solutions group brings over 600 years of combined experience in serving the GIS industry.