A Case Study of GIS in Energy Enterprise

April 19, 2013 -- Since its founding in 1989, ENN’s mission has been to create innovative ways of producing and using cleaner energy. ENN’s cleaner energy solutions provide clients with innovative ways of meeting emission targets that can both cut costs and protect the environment. As of June 2011, ENN employed more than 27,000 people and had total assets of more than 40 billion RMB. It operates more than 100 subsidiaries around the world, and in more than 100 cities throughout China.

Early in 2000, ENN ENERGY has introduced GIS into its information management and created GIS pipeline network management system, SCADA remote control and telemetry system and GPS inspection system. However, as ENN ENERGY extends its business scale and informatization goes increasingly deeper, limited information sharing among existing information system can’t suffice the requirement of business and customers. In that case, ENN ENERGY desperately needs a professional platform to act as the information center and command center, so as to realize better information sharing and management.

JIAN Jie, deputy chief engineer of ENN ENERGY, had cited an example to better illustrate the importance of a comprehensive dispatching system. He said, when there was a pipe burst in the gas pipeline, the information can be detected by the customer service supporter, the inspector or the SCADA monitoring system. Then the captured information will be reported to network management department and be well dealt with, thus fixing up the pipe burst. Since there existed information isolated islands among GIS, SCADA and inspection system, when confronted with gas shortage or other severe emergencies, it may cause serious and negative effect owing to failure in enough communication among these system. Therefore, an enterprise-level dispatching system becomes indispensable for ENN ENERGY. It can break through the obstacles limiting information sharing among different departments and better utilize the shared information within the corporation.

Solution from Zondy Cyber Consultants

In 2011, ENN ENERGY established its own national dispatching center. It had simplified work procedure and integrated different and separate systems, so as to realize information sharing. It was discovered that all their businesses were location-based. ENN ENERGY decided to build a comprehensive operation and dispatching platform with GIS at its core.

Considering the situation of ENN ENERGY, Zondy Cyber consultants had put forward four steps of enterprise-level GIS application. They are network database creation, network data application, enterprise-level data integration with GIS as the core, and enterprise information integration on the basis of a comprehensive dispatching platform.

Following the four-step strategy, ENN ENERGY started to build its operation and dispatching system. Zondy Cyber Group established MapGIS project team to conduct demand analysis with consultancy marketing. Based on ENN ENERGY data center, the dispatching system had integrated information resources from GIS, SCADA, inspection system and other business systems, and then realized their unified manifestation and extensive applications. The dispatching platform had made great contribution to the effective enterprise management and unified internal information resource dispatching.

State-of-the-art Technology in the ENN ENERGY Case

MapGIS IGSS has been adopted in the application. MapGIS IGSS is a well-designed solution based on GIS service sharing platform. It supports virtual, large-scale hardware infrastructure and distributed, efficient service sharing software platform that is cross-platform and highly scalable, facilitating its integration with enterprise systems such as ERP, CRM, OA, BI and etc. It creates massive geographic information data, service and resource management and service system framework, providing multi-level application services and solutions according to the clusters concepts.

“Compared with advanced countries, China still lags behind with them in economic environment, enterprise management, corporation scale, and edgy technology. In terms of enterprise informatization, we have had IBM for organizational consulting, but what we really need is a partner who has a good knowledge of ENN ENERGY’s business operation and boasts technology advantage.”

–XU Jinbiao, vice president of ENN ENERGY 

(This case study was written by FANG Da and CHEN Xiaojin, if you are more interested in further details, please let us know via ib@mapgis.com)  

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