March 27, 2007 -- Redlands, California—TECO Peoples Gas, a business unit of TECO Energy, is standardizing all 15 of its operating centers using ESRI's geographic information system (GIS) technology. As part of the standardization project, Peoples Gas is migrating all its facility information systems from CAD to ESRI GIS software. The migration will improve operations management, customer service workflow, trouble call management, crew dispatch, and system maintenance.
The new GIS will enable Peoples Gas to bring disparate systems onto one software platform, making it easier for the company to leverage its facility database for a variety of tasks. This gives an important advantage to the Florida based company's overall operations. For example, field technicians will be able to locate network information faster, and field crews can be dispatched with greater efficiency. The company's GIS includes ArcGIS Server, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo licenses.
Mark Haney, general manager of Engineering Services at Peoples Gas, states, "This GIS conversion project is a direct result of our efforts to achieve even higher levels of safety, standardization, and efficiency. The dedicated efforts among our statewide operations teams, corporate staff, and GIS service providers are helping make our vision a reality."
ESRI's business partner Utilities Automation Integrators, Inc. (UAI), is migrating all Peoples Gas' existing MicroStation data to ESRI/UAI format. UAI is also providing services to integrate GIS data from various local agencies in 29 Florida counties and geocode existing customer locations at the parcel level. Following conversion, UAI's ESRI-based Utility Center solution and its associated modules will be installed. The new GIS will be used for field engineering and gas system network modeling, facility locating, and compliance reporting for the Public Service Commission and other government agencies.
UAI will work with Peoples Gas to integrate existing third-party systems and supplement its existing pipeline integrity management plan by using ArcGIS software-based tools to analyze geographic data within potential impact zones for high-consequence area determination.
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