VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(May 3, 2006) – Optimal Provides geoPylotTM a New Value-Added Transmission Corridor GIS Tool
Optimal Geomatics Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OPG) (“Optimal”), a geomatics service and software provider for the power line and pipeline utility sector, announces the successful roll-out of geoPylotTM, a transmission asset data management program for Electric Utilities with Links to Google and other Web-Bases maps.
geoPylotTM is a software application that enables Electric Utility engineers and asset managers to easily navigate large volumes of imagery and attribute data (detailed information about construction type and components) related to overhead power lines and the right-of-ways they occupy. The data accessed by geoPylotTM is composed of orthorectified aerial photographs that provide a plan view of the transmission system and digital video that gives a heads-up view of the right of way and high resolution still photos of each structure.
geoPylotTM also allows utility personnel to seamlessly access web-based map resources such as those provided by Google, Microsoft and other web-enabled maps to provide additional location-based information such as driving directions to the asset. The program can also produce a detailed report that merges multiple views of a structure with its attribute text data into a single sheet of paper. These reports can be easily incorporated into other documents or can be used in site visits.
John Leahy, Optimal’s Director of Business Development, commented that “geoPylot has been installed in three major Electric Utilities in the USA and has been simplifying the task of using GIS data provided by Optimal. Our customers can find and display multiple still and video images on their desktop using a simple user-interface that sits on top of their corporate Geographic Information Systems (“GIS”) application. Direct access to the underlying asset data allows engineers to understand the make-up of the structure being viewed and to merge corporate knowledge with a wealth of location-based resources available through the internet.”
Mr. Leahy added, “The Edison Electric Institute’s research has shown that Investor Owned utilities plan to increase spending on Transmission assets by over 60% by 2008. This $28 billion investment is being driven in part by increased demands for power and by the 2005 Energy Policy Act. We believe that GIS – which to-date has been typically implemented as an Electric Distribution tool – will be adopted by Electric Utilities as the mechanism to effectively manage maintenance programs for entire Transmission Systems. Since this is our main focus in North America, we are now equipped to provide not only the core asset location-based data that utilities need, but also the tools to effectively use this information to satisfy Federal regulators.”
Optimal Geomatics specializes in providing highly accurate geomatics services and software to a customer-base which is primarily composed of Electric power line and Gas pipeline utilities. Geomatics is best described as the acquisition, storage, management, retrieval, manipulation, and distribution of spatial or geographically referenced data. Optimal employs a number of acquisition systems, including its proprietary technology, for aerial data acquisition, and applies innovative technology, techniques, and expertise for in-house processing. The Company’s unique mapping products and services help utilities reduce cost, improve efficiency, and better-manage their assets by turning raw data into highly valuable geospatial information and engineering reports. Optimal’s customers include many of the major utilities across the United States and the United Kingdom.
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