Manitoba Hydro Chooses GE Network Solutions Software To Improve Operating Efficiencies

LAS VEGAS, NV-February 4, 2003- GE Network Solutions, a leading supplier of innovative technology solutions to the utilities industry, announced today that it was awarded a contract from Manitoba Hydro to supply engineering and network management software and services to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of its operations. The announcement was made at this year’s DistribuTECH Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Manitoba Hydro is one of Canada’s largest utilities, providing electricity and natural gas to a service territory that extends across the entire Province of Manitoba.

Manitoba Hydro will replace its existing AutoCAD-based distribution engineering system with GE Network Solutions’ Smallworld Design ManagerÔ†•ngineering management software to centralize and better manage the distribution engineering design process. The geographic information system (GIS)-based Smallworld Design Manager software application enables complete workflow support and process control for the entire engineering process, from planning through construction. The Smallworld Design Manager software integrates with the utility’s distribution engineering analysis applications to provide a single distribution design and engineering platform accessible throughout the enterprise.

GE Network Solutions will also provide its Smallworld Physical Network Inventory and Smallworld Logical Network Inventory Applications that will enable Manitoba Hydro to more effectively plan, manage and maintain its communications network. The Smallworld Physical Network Inventory software provides a complete, end-to-end view of the utility’s physical network, while Smallworld Logical Network Inventory software provides the ability to document, model and manage the logical connections and services running over the physical network infrastructure.

“An integrated electric-gas utility has a requirement for a solid land-based information system as it is extremely important to know the physical location and attributes of our infrastructure,” said Al Snyder, vice president of Transmission & Distribution, Manitoba Hydro. “Following the acquisition of two other utilities, we found ourselves in the position of supporting three GIS technologies. With the assistance of an independent consultant, the decision was made to centralize all enterprise geographic information systems on a single technology platform. The proposed benefits were more accurate and timely information, lower costs of application maintenance and a strong core upon which to build future applications. A review of the technologies available was conducted objectively and it was determined that the GE Network Solutions platform offered the best solution for our future. One of the merged companies was already using the software, and users and Information Technology experts alike were very satisfied with its performance and ease of use.”

“As the first Smallworld software customer in North America, Centra Gas Manitoba, now part of Manitoba Hydro, implemented GIS technology in its gas distribution operation in 1993. Extending the technology to its electric distribution and communications operations will now enable Manitoba Hydro to leverage the benefits of the Smallworld GIS software across the entire company,” said Henry Stueber, president of GE Network Solutions.

to supplying the software, GE Network Solutions will also provide training, interface development, data conversion and integration services for the project.

Manitoba Hydro is a provincial government-owned utility headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It generates, transmits and distributes electricity from 14 generating stations—12 hydroelectric, two thermal and four diesel sites—to almost a half-million customers throughout Manitoba and to a growing export market. It also serves almost a quarter-million gas customers in southern Manitoba. In addition to providing reliable and economical electricity to its current customers, Manitoba Hydro is also responsible for designing, constructing, maintaining and operating facilities to meet the province’s future electricity needs.

GE Network Solutions, a business unit within GE Power Systems, provides software products that design and manage the world’s networks. It offers network software solutions to utility, communication and public systems organizations and has more than 900 customers in 44 countries around the world.

About GE Power Systems

GE Power Systems ( www.gepower.com) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation technology, energy services and management systems with estimated 2002 revenues of nearly $23 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Power Systems provides equipment, services and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, distributed power and energy rental industries.

For more information, contact:

        Dennis Murphy                    Ken Darling or Howard Masto
        GE Power Systems                 Masto Public Relations
        (770) 859-6948                   (518) 786-6488
        dennis.murphy@ps.ge.com          kenneth.darling@ps.ge.com
                                         howard.masto@ps.ge.com




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