Niagara Falls Hydro distributes electricity to the Niagara Falls, Ontario area and is responsible for maintaining both the equipment and wires that deliver electricity to approximately 33,000 homes and businesses within a 220-squarekilometer area. The Engineering and Operations Department, within Niagara Falls Hydro, is responsible for managing the information of the physical distribution network. The department needed to upgrade its existing AM/FM/GIS system, as it was no longer able to support the existing and future business requirements of planning, estimating, work management, and analysis. The user interface of the new system had to accommodate existing stand-alone processes into one global application, with a seamless integration into the Customer Information System (CIS) and analysis packages.
After researching various GIS systems, Niagara Falls Hydro chose Intergraph’s G/Electric solution and consulting services to guide them to the next step in managing their utility requirement. The department will use the G/Electric solution platform, including the G/Electric Administrator, G/Electric Designer, G/NetPlot Server, and G/NetViewer modules.
The project will take Niagara Falls Hydro through various phases including needs assessment, gap analysis, data conversion, system configuration, implementation and delivery, and on-site training to educate the users on how to better serve the residents of Niagara Falls.
“We selected a replacement GIS that will streamline our operational workflow and satisfy future information demands. We also wanted one company to be accountable and responsible for the new integrated environment. Intergraph’s turnkey system will provide a data warehouse and common repository for all asset information required to support planning, estimating, work management, and engineering network analysis,” says John Compostella, director of Engineering and Operations for Niagara Falls Hydro.
The new system will save time and money by reducing redundant processes, enabling more efficient capture, design, and analysis of network asset information.
Future phases of this project include mobile applications with G/MobileViewer and interfacing with their current engineering analysis application along with the rollout of additional design seats as well as expanding the functionality of data across the enterprise.