Engineering organizations have struggled with GIS infrastructure mapping for decades, especially for the more complex and evolving high-availability portions of their networks. This is because current CAD-GIS software offerings do not support an efficient process for incorporating field changes into the 'as-built' engineering drawings, nor are they able to synchronize changes between and across all connected drawings.
The sad truth is that utilities and telecom engineering field teams have less information and more out of date information today to support the most critical portions of their infrastructure because the software simply hasn’t been there to support it. It is ironic that while the purpose of a core network grid is to ensure higher reliability to end customers, the lack of up-to-date information about core infrastructure actually makes the system less reliable.
Out-of-date engineering data results in inadequate planning, so field engineers tend to specify and stock excessive and costly inventory. Assets are then either under- or over-maintained, resulting in wasted engineering resource hours, and avoidable rework as well.
NetGIS was designed specifically to solve this problem.
CaseIntel’s NetGIS product uses AutoCAD drawings and Oracle Spatial to model, analyze, and visualize the distribution portion of the power grid for the electric industry. Using NetGIS, electric utilities can produce and maintain engineering drawings synchronized with an integrated connectivity model of their networked and looped radial electrical infrastructure. NetGIS supports the engineering, construction and maintenance of this infrastructure whether it’s overhead distribution or installed within a highly complex network of underground vaults, duct banks and raceways.
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