Eesti Gaas Selects ESRI and AED-SICAD Solution for Network Documentation

Tallinn, Estonia: AlphaGIS, fastest growing GIS solutions provider in Estonia, daughter-company of HNIT-BALTIC GEOINFOSERVISAS, ESRI distributor in the Baltic States (HB onwards), announced that major Estonian natural gas distributor and provider Eesti Gaas AS selected the solution by ESRI / AED-SICAD to document its gas network and support some of the operation and maintenance of business processes. The project will be carried through by three project partners: AlphaGIS (main contractor) together with its mother-company HB and German company AED-SICAD.

Currently, Eesti Gaas AS operates a local GasDisp application for design and network documentation. The implementation of a GIS-based asset and facilities management system will allow Eesti Gaas AS to take advantage of a streamlined environment for updating their gas network data. Functionality such as automatic network connectivity, a seamless database, complete set of editing tools, increased usability, and additional tools will create an effective solution for improving operations.

HB and AlphaGIS will implement the solution and provide the data and application services. AED-SICAD will provide training, consulting and data modeling services. "We believe the modernization of our gas distribution network GIS will result in increased company work effectiveness, additional operational efficiencies and even better client satisfaction", says Mr. Heigo Ojaste, IT Manager for Eesti Gaas AS. "Our company is looking forward to all the advantages and functionality of the system, including data automation and editing, spatial and attribute queries as well as presenting the network data on the map."

About Eesti Gaas AS
Eesti Gaas AS buys, distributes and sells natural gas to 60 thousand customers including 58,500 homes and 1200 companies in Estonia. Also, Eesti Gaas AS maintains it's gas network, plans and builds new pipelines. The gas network consists of 2,190 km of pipelines, 2 gas measurement stations and 31 gas distribution stations. The share capital of Eesti Gaas AS amounts to EEK 155.2 million. The shares are owned by Russian OAO Gazprom (37%), German E.ON Ruhrgas AG (33.7%), Finnish Fortum Oil and Gas OY (17.7%), Latvian Itera Latvija (9.9%) and other legal and private persons. It can be found on

AED-SICAD Aktiengesellschaft (AED-SICAD), Bonn/Munich, Germany, is the leading GIS application house in Europe, offering standard applications and tailor-made solutions. Our portfolio comprises high-end geo-information systems for the key segments cadastre, land management, utilities and local government.

AED-SICAD employs more than 200 people. With various office sites in Germany as well as numerous distribution partners worldwide AED-SICAD offers a high degree of customer proximity. Additionally, we make use of the international sales channels of ESRI, Leica Geosystems and Siemens. ESRI and Leica Geosystems are holding shares in AED-SICAD. AED-SICAD owns a majority interest of 51% in its business partner BARAL. We develop innovative standard applications and branch-specific solutions and offer individual services ranging from project management and consulting, customer-specific customization and localization to technical support and training.

With ArcFM(tm) UT for the utility industry and LM on ArcGIS® for cadastre and land management, AED-SICAD develops a new generation of GIS applications and solutions based on the worldwide leading ArcGIS® core technology.

About ESRI
Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

HNIT-BALTIC GEOINFOSERVISAS (HB) is a constantly expanding private company, founded in 1993. As the sole ESRI Inc. distributor in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, HB is a major supplier of GIS based solutions in the region. Over 400 private and state organizations in the Baltic States use HB services and products for mapping, cadastre, education, utility management and other business applications. The HB product Cellular Expert is designed for wireless telecommunications network planning and management, and is used internationally in more than 40 countries. HB focuses on development, implementation and servicing of scalable IT/GIS solutions for various market applications. HB hosts its own web mapping server HB can be found on

ALPHAGIS was established in 2004, it is a daughter company of HB and provides similar services in Estonia. It can be found on


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