March 5, 2007 -- Redlands, California—ESRI announces that it has been selected for an enterprise geographic information system (GIS) implementation by the Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha, Nebraska (MUD). The enterprise site license will enable MUD to deploy the full suite of ESRI's ArcGIS software in an open, scalable, and standards-based GIS architecture throughout the operation. The GIS will integrate with and leverage existing information technology (IT) resources, including the utility’s SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, to meet a broad range of business and engineering needs.
"We had previously relied on CAD-based maps and multiple small custom applications to maintain a record of the gas and water facility infrastructure," says Mark W. Weiss, senior vice president, CIO, MUD. "We wanted to create an enterprise platform that fully integrates GIS with ERP to provide one common system to meet our diverse needs. The technology integration will make real-time information available to all administrative and field forces. We’ll be able to use data visualization and analysis for managing facility data, determining gas and water system demand, modeling existing and proposed systems, and much more."
"The Metropolitan Utilities District’s decision to develop an integrated information system based on ESRI's ArcGIS software and SAP's ERP solutions will allow the organization to improve productivity and customer service," says Ken Brelsford, account manager, ESRI. "ESRI is committed to helping the district develop a first-class system providing a shared data environment and supporting a wide variety of business needs and opportunities for both gas and water operations."
The multiphased ArcGIS implementation will supply MUD with a single GIS platform for all the district’s utility operations and can be used for network maintenance, work management, outage management, system optimization, new construction, customer service, land monitoring, and more. It will provide a complete solution for the creation, management, integration, analysis, display, and dissemination of spatial data. It will also be used as a framework for consolidating and sharing information. ArcGIS improves data update and provides a streamlined workflow for simplifying data management needs. Isolated data silos are replaced with a seamless data repository.
By fully integrating GIS into MUD’s core IT infrastructure, the utility can get the most out of its spatial data and take advantage of GIS for several new applications. Among the SAP applications that will interface with the GIS are customer information, engineering analysis, and work management systems. In addition, the newly implemented GIS will facilitate the exchange of land base information with state and local government entities as well as other utilities.
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