Intergraph G/Technology solution aids in planning, design, construction and operations
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 4, 2015 – ESB Networks Ltd., the licensed operator of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland, has implemented a geographic information system (GIS) built upon Intergraph G/Technology® to support the planning, design, construction and day-to-day operations of Ireland’s electricity distribution network.
The Intergraph GIS serves as a single enterprise solution for the full life-cycle management of ESB Networks’ network assets, improving workflow efficiencies and integrating seamlessly with other business-critical systems. The new system went live this week following a three-year delivery project.
“The delivery of our new GIS system has been a huge team effort from all the parties involved and provides a highly integrated, modern solution which will serve the expanding and challenging requirements of the ESB Networks business over the coming years” said John Gallagher, IT delivery manager, ESB Networks. “We can now face the challenges of the future safe in the knowledge that we have a state of the art and future proofed solution in place.”
An Intergraph customer for 20 years, ESB Networks had previously developed a highly bespoke Intergraph FRAMME-based solution to meet the specific workflows the utility company’s business users required. ESB Networks determined to upgrade to a new G/Technology-based system and contracted Intergraph and its partners, Irish Mapping & GIS Solution Limited (IMGS) and Rolta U.K. Limited in 2012 to deliver the project following a highly competitive procurement process. The selection was based on the Intergraph team’s demonstration of an understanding of the solutions complexity, the ability of the technology to meet the utility company’s requirements and the team’s commitment to deliver.
“The Intergraph team is honored to serve ESB Networks in its efforts to ensure reliable electricity distribution in the Republic of Ireland,” said Alun Pearsey, U.K. country manager, Intergraph Security, Government and Infrastructure (SG&I). “This major enterprise information system implementation is the culmination of a global collaboration and partnership between ESB Networks and its vendor team.”
“IMGS were delighted to support Intergraph in the implementation of a national next-generation GIS for ESB Networks,” said Ciaran Kirk, general manager, IMGS. “This next generation GIS will streamline existing ESB Network workflows and provide unheralded levels of integration between the GIS and ESB’s core business systems to ensure ESB can meet the challenges of providing a smarter 21st century electric grid.”
The solution features Intergraph’s G!NIUS electricity data model with additional customizations to meet the advanced business workflows ESB had configured in FRAMME. Taking advantage of the latest in web services technologies, including Intergraph’s SAP integration module, the project featured a tremendous level of integration, integrating fully with SAP asset, work and customer management systems; Oracle outage management system and Synergee network modeling system. The new Intergraph GIS solution enables ESB Networks to manage the network in three views simultaneously – geographic, geo-schematic and ortho-schematic – through a single system.
Intergraph SG&I helps utilities and communications companies streamline work processes and make smarter decisions. A pioneer in the development and application of location-based technology for more than 45 years, Intergraph SG&I provides solutions to hundreds of utilities and communications customers around the globe, supporting network engineering and operations, customer services and more.
Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company’s software and solutions improve the lives of millions of people through better facilities, safer communities and more reliable operations.
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) is the world’s leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) is the leader in smart solutions for emergency response, utilities, transportation and other global challenges. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B; www.hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
About ESB Networks Ltd.
ESB Networks Ltd., a ring-fenced subsidiary within ESB Group, is the licensed operator of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland. ESB Networks is responsible for building, operating, maintaining and developing the electricity network and serving all electricity customers in the Republic of Ireland. ESB Networks also holds the only Meter Operator license in the Republic of Ireland and installs, maintains and reads all electricity meters. ESB Networks currently employs a 3,000 strong workforce throughout the country. Visit http://www.esb.ie/
IMGS is Ireland’s leading supplier of spatial solutions for government, utility and telecommunications industries. Its solutions enable customers to capture, manage and embed spatial data and engineering documentation into their enterprise information systems. IMGS serves more than 50 customers across the island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland Electricity, Eircom, BT Ireland, Ordnance Survey Ireland, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland, the Irish Naval Service and 34 local authorities.
IMGS have a long track record in developing and supporting GIS for national network companies such as eircom as well working Government Agencies across the country. In fact currently in Ireland the majority of electric and telecoms network is managed using software supported or developed by IMGS. For additional information, visit http://www.imgs.ie.
Rolta is a leading provider of innovative IT solutions and services for many vertical segments, including Utilities, Process, Power, Banking and Insurance, Federal and State Governments, Defense and Homeland Security. These enterprise level solutions are built around Rolta’s intellectual property in the geospatial arena and domain expertise to offer unique business intelligence for impactful insights to enable effective decision-making. Rolta’s services and solutions cover the entire life-cycle for the process industry, from engineering design, through to operational excellence. Headquartered in India, Rolta is a multinational organization, with customers in more than 40 countries. Rolta UK enables its customers to realise their business objectives through its deep domain expertise in the Utilities and Oil and Gas sectors, where its systems integration experience is unrivalled.