ESB Networks Modernizes Utility GIS to Ensure Service Delivery and Manage Network Assets

Finding that its legacy GIS would no longer support core business functions and daily operations, ESB Networks implemented a new utility GIS to ensure service delivery, integrate enterprise IT systems, and manage the full-life cycle of its network assets.


The Challenge

ESB Networks, the licensed operator of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland, relied on a highly bespoke Intergraph FRAMME-based geographic information system (GIS) to meet the specific, daily workflows required by users. While it served the company well for years, the 20-year-old system was no longer supported, and was hosted on aging IT infrastructure.

With outdated IT systems and infrastructure, ESB Networks faced potential power delivery, field crew safety, and customer satisfaction issues.To mitigate against these risks and satisfy business requirements, the utility provider undertook an ambitious program to implement a new GIS solution and comprehensively integrate it with corporate IT systems and infrastructure.

The Solution

Following a highly competitive procurement process, ESB Networks contracted with Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure and its partner, Irish Mapping & GIS Solution Ltd. (IMGS), to deliver an Intergraph G/Technology-based solution. Intergraph G/Technology enables EBS Networks to maintain a source of reliable, location-based information about utility networks and their connectivity and share these definitive records with users and systems across the enterprise.

In addition to the core capabilities of Intergraph G/Technology, the team also deployed Intergraph’s G!NIUS electricity data model. The system now serves as a single enterprise solution for the full life-cycle management of ESB Networks’ network assets, improving workflows and the efficiency of a host of company activities and operations.

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