Graphic Technologies, Inc. Finds Maps More Valuable with Trace Applications

MADISON, Ala.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 31, 2007— In recent conversations with its customers, Graphic Technologies, Inc. (GTI) has learned how valuable carefully designed network tracing applications can be. "Our field supervisors use a GTViewer trace application to find the next upstream sectionalizing device as a part of normal operations as well as during outage restoration," said Greg Broussard, Director of Engineering Services at Jackson Electric Membership Corporation. He added, "Overall outage time is reduced when you can quickly isolate the faulted section of line and restore power to the rest of the circuit. Our customers like it and so do we."

Other GTI clients use a gas valve isolation trace. It starts at a selected pipe and finds the valves that will need to be closed to isolate that pipe. It is smart enough to tell which valves do not need to be operated (for instance, when it finds a cul de sac) and even provides a list of customers who will be affected. Useful for planners in the office, it is also helpful for technicians in the field who may need to know quickly which valves to close.

A similar technology underlies the OTDR trace for fiber operators. An optical time domain reflectometer can tell you how far away the fiber is broken or damaged. GTViewer's OTDR trace can tell you where that spot is on the map. For greater accuracy, it uses the cable length that is stored in the database rather than the length of its graphic representation on the map.

Another trace application used by GTI's communications industry clients is a complements trace. It starts from any cable and traces its way through the network, creating a loop makeup report along the way.

"We are happy that these trace applications bring value to our clients," said GTI consultant Charlie Marlin. "Based on this positive response, we plan to enhance our GT/Trace product. GT/Trace abstracts the mathematics of graph theory and allows developers to concentrate on facilities and their relationships." GTI will be showing each one of the network trace applications mentioned in this press release in San Diego at DistribuTECH, Feb 4-7, in booth 644.

About Graphic Technologies, Inc. (GTI)

GTI offers services and software products that grow the value of geospatial data. Its GTViewer(R) family of products lets a broad audience view, query, and analyze geospatial data in order to complete business operations faster, more safely, more accurately, and at lower cost. More than just a map viewer, GTViewer combines the intelligence of the GIS, CIS, and other corporate data assets, extending this rich source of information throughout the enterprise to the people who need it.

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