Users Can Better Manage Network Maintenance, Plan Future Growth, and Improve Customer Service
Redlands, California—Imperial Irrigation District (IID) has selected ESRI for its enterprise geographic information system (GIS) platform. The implementation will create a systemwide GIS environment of electrical asset, configuration, and grid coordinate information that is accurate and current with real-time updating. ESRI is providing professional services including design and application customization services. In addition, the GIS will fully interface with the organization’s SAP enterprise resource planning software.
“We’re one of the fastest-growing utilities in the country in terms of percentage of growth per year,” says John Federowicz, manager, IID Energy. “This growth has forced us to move beyond previous processes. GIS will be one of the cornerstones of our enterprise technology solution. It will provide us with new ways for maintaining data and providing accurate information throughout the organization. We want our employees to have the best information and applications to do their work and give our customers the finest service possible.”
“IID will be able to leverage the advantage of enterprise GIS for integrating all types of datasets including asset, network, operations, customer, and more,” says Bill Meehan, director of Utility Solutions, ESRI. “They will be able to build a true enterprise platform with an open architecture and state-of-the-art technologies.”
IID is a community-owned utility that provides irrigation water and electric power to the lower southeastern portion of California’s desert. Rich in agricultural history, the Imperial Valley region has an agriculture-based economy.
The enterprise GIS will allow IID professionals to provide seamless data access to better manage current network maintenance, plan future growth, reduce costs, and improve overall customer service. In addition, advanced partial posting functionality will allow users to more easily and quickly update data and post it to the enterprise system. Engineers, construction crews, system operators, and others will have direct control over the accuracy and maintenance of the data they utilize for their individual jobs. This will facilitate faster, more efficient asset data management in near real time.
While IID is a long-time ESRI software user, the new implementation will provide a powerful enterprise-wide GIS platform for carrying out business processes. IID will implement ESRI’s ArcGIS software platform, which is a complete system of fully integrated software that is scalable, open, and standards based. The software will include ArcView, ArcSDE, and ArcIMS. ArcFM software from Miner and Miner, a Telvent company, will provide industry-specific tools and functionality to edit, view, map, and manage utility data. Previously, manual and paper-based methods were used for capturing and maintaining data. Separate business units and work areas would often manage independent data stores.
Future applications may include mobile GIS, fleet management, outage management, and other value-added applications.
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