New GIS Focuses on Seamless Integration
November 27, 2006 -- The Public Utility of Karlsruhe, Germany, chose the direct way into the new GIS generation with more possibilities to face the challenges within utilities: Mobile and Internet-based use within the entire company, integration with different applications, flexibility in daily business and evaluations at the push of a button – to mention just a few.
ArcFM™ UT, the new standard application from AED-SICAD based on ArcGIS® is in line with these new challenges. It provides interfaces, options to connect business processes as well as for analysis and editing of network data fort the Federal Network Agency. And – last but not least - ArcFM UT provides professional applications that allow the Public Utility of Karlsruhe to optimally operate their four sectors gas, water, district heating and electricity.
Increasing demand for information
The impetus for the new orientation of the GIS came from external demands, more exactly the network regulation and the information transfer to the Federal Network Agency. Already since the eighties, the Public Utility of Karlsruhe has been working with GIS, the former IBM GTIS system has been enhanced continuously, therefore the wide distribution of the viewing application. Standard tasks in data capture and editing had first priority. Hartmut Schork, Manager network documentation in the main department technical services: “In the important topics like integration of the GIS as well as the analysis of network information, the old IBM system clearly came to its limits. From ArcFM UT we expect a seamlessly embedded GIS environment with optimal possibilities for evaluation and presentation of the network data.”
Especially for the necessary statistics about outages and availability, there is the connection to SAP-ISU, to allow the exact identification of the clients, who are affected by an outage.
More users, more options, more overview
Apart from the sector-specific applications of ArcFM UT for gas, water, district heating and electricity, also the products ArcFM UT Designer (planning), UT Integrator (in different versions, also with extensive interface to network calculation) as well as ArcEditor Base, ArcView Mobile and ArcGIS Schematics are part of the solution. For the implementation, there are three administrator work places, 25 editing work places and 22 planning work places. For the multiplication of the network data there are plans for 40 viewing stations, 30 mobile and 160 web-based work places. Also the AED-SICAD GIS Portal and ArcFM UT Web on ArcIMS are in use. Time is an important factor in this project: Already in early 2007, a test system for training purposes will be provided.
New focuses of the currently realized GIS solution are mobile viewing in the field, company-wide Web-viewing applications, maintenance with SAP integration as well as network planning. For these tasks, the system provides different kinds of maps, especially detailed plans and generalized overview as well as schematic plans and circuit diagrams.