Progress Energy is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future in two of the country’s fastest-growing regions, Florida and The Carolinas. That balance includes aggressive energy efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies, and a state-of-the-art electricity system. Progress has long realized that key to its long-term success is accurate, easily-accessible location-based data. In 1997, Progress began its transition to a fully digital environment, leveraging Intergraph® solutions to monitor and map its infrastructure, and to dispatch field crews. For Progress, the 100 percent digital conversion significantly contributes to faster response times during power outages.
Today, the Intergraph geographic information system (GIS) at Progress serves as the foundation
for all of its distribution asset records. The system also feeds the utility’s Intergraph InService outage management system (OMS) and mobile workforce management system, and its circuit analysis programs. It also allows crews in the field to view the same visual representation of its assets as those back at the office.
With a proven return on investment for its GIS, Progress wanted a next-generation system that could upgrade and consolidate disparate systems. The consolidation of the systems used by Progress Energy Florida and Progress Energy Carolinas was the equivalent of bringing the geospatial assets of two entirely separate utilities together under the same open-standards data model.
With the new system using Intergraph's G/Technology software, the utility now has greater capabilities for performing spatial analysis with its GIS data, as well as any other data that can be represented spatially. This visualization greatly enhances and expedites decision-making processes.