HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, February 02, 2017
Oncor Electric Delivery Company (Oncor) has selected Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure to deliver geospatial data across the company’s operations. Hexagon’s geographic information system (GIS) and network modelling solution will coordinate with other business systems to streamline network design and documentation and asset and project management. The real-time connectivity model will go beyond standard GIS capabilities and will serve as a single source of truth for location-based network information at Oncor.
Oncor distribution engineers will use Hexagon’s software to maintain the electric distribution network model, plus a secondary network and a fiber network, to support the company’s operations. The new system will feature Intergraph G/Technology, which enables operators to maintain a definitive source of reliable, location-based information describing the network and its connectivity. Intergraph G/Technology’s superior network modelling capabilities will provide a data model with rules-based validation for data integrity that will feed operational systems – such as the distribution management system, customer information system and work and asset management system – via industry standard interfaces.
“Data integrity is crucial to our planning and operations,” said Joel Austin, vice president and chief information officer, Oncor. “As a core component of our enterprise information architecture, Hexagon’s systems will help ensure our data is accurate, consistent and available. By leveraging the network model across different business functions, we can deliver better operational efficiency, electric reliability and customer satisfaction.”
Oncor is a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider that supports 10 million customers via the largest transmission and distribution system in Texas; made up of approximately 121,000 miles of lines and more than 3.3 million advanced meters. Following a rigorous vendor selection process, Oncor selected Hexagon because of the Hexagon software’s network modelling capabilities, open architecture and scalability, plus the established partnership between the two companies. Hexagon’s Intergraph InService outage management system serves as a key component of Oncor’s smart grid capabilities.
The project will also include Intergraph G/Technology Fiber Optic Works, which supports the complete life cycle of fiber network management, and Intergraph NetWorks, which provides secure, real-time access to the network model across different business functions.
“Oncor has been our customer for more than two decades,” said Anna Throneberry, vice president and general manager of U.S. utilities, communications and transportation, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. “We’re honored the company again selected us as its vendor of choice for another critical IT initiative. Our systems are the go-to platforms for meeting the rigorous requirements needed to manage utility network models.”
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure helps utilities and communications companies achieve greater reliability, increase efficiency and fulfill the expectations of customers, shareholders and regulators. A pioneer in the development and application of location-based technology, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure has provided solutions to hundreds of utilities and communications customers around the globe for 40 years, supporting network engineering, network operations, customer services, sales and marketing and physical security.