Sudbury Hydro Installs Network Express

Sudbury, Ontario – April 27, 2009 – Greater Sudbury Hydro Inc., an electric distribution company that serves more than 44,000 customers within the City of Greater Sudbury and within the Municipality of West Nipissing in Ontario, Canada, has installed the 3-GIS web-based editor, Network Express.

Network Express, the flagship tool of the 3-GIS Suite, is a browser-based engineering solution that provides fully operational editing and viewing features. Built on ESRI’s ArcGIS Server technology, Network Express allows users to plan, design and manage their asset data within a work order environment utilizing a web browser. Network Express operates in Adobe FlashPlayer and is built with Adobe Flex giving a modern user experience that declutters the working environment and provides a function-driven work flow for faster documentation and design.

Greater Sudbury Hydro hired 3-GIS in 2008 to aide in the replacement of their existing CAD system. 3-GIS began the project by migrating Sudbury Hydro’s existing CAD data into a GIS data-model developed to meet Sudbury’s specific business needs. 3-GIS installed ESRI’s ArcGIS Server then setup Sudbury Hydro’s geodatabase and migrated their data. Express Conductor was then installed to configure, manage and publish the GIS data to Network Express. Sudbury will use Network Express’ work order functionality to plan new jobs.

“Network Express had all the functionality we were looking for in a modern asset management system in a user friendly environment” says Doug Levesque, the GIS Crew Leader at Greater Sudbury Hydro managing the conversion process. “Those factors coupled with the ease of which our data could be migrated into Network Express made our decision to use 3-GIS’s suite of products easy.”

Sudbury Hydro will also utilize the 3-GIS mobile solution, Field Express Chameleon, to perform inspections on various facility plant features. “We are thrilled to have Sudbury running on our full suite of products and look forward to supporting them to meet their GIS needs,” says Eric Fulcher, 3-GIS’s Vice President of Utilities.

About 3-GIS

3-GIS is a premier GIS software development and services company. The company provides customized software and solutions to a variety of companies in the Utilities, Telecommunications and Emergency Management markets. 3-GIS builds, interfaces, and integrates many diverse asset management systems, work management systems, analysis packages and other specialized software. 3-GIS offers the 3-GIS Suite of products, an ArcGIS Server-based suite of thin-client asset management products.

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About Greater Sudbury Hydro Inc.
Greater Sudbury Hydro services the needs of 44,000 customers within the City of Greater Sudbury and within the Municipality of West Nipissing. From the original steam-powered plant, Greater Sudbury Hydro has moved to 30 modern substations controlled by the latest in computerized equipment. This system supplies reliable electricity to residential and commercial customers, insuring that the community has the electrical infrastructure to grow and prosper.

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