NetGIS

Background

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The sad truth is that utilities and telecom engineering field teams have less information and more out of date information today to support the most critical portions of their infrastructure because the software simply hasn’t been there to support it.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Out-of-date engineering data results in inadequate planning, so field engineers tend to specify and stock excessive and costly inventory.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.

Solution

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.

Business BenefitsTechnical Differentiators
  • Integrated electric grid connectivity database is automatically produced as a result of creating NetGIS drawings
  • Full engineering life cycle design, as-built and maintenance drawing tool
  • NetGIS puts all data in a database which simplifies maintenance and accessibility for asset management, engineering, construction and operations
  • Reduced errors and rework through single point entry and cross drawing synchronization
  • Reduces engineering and field survey costs by having accurate data in one database
  • Improved user productivity over similar products by use of automation and reduction in manual entries
  • Supports familiar drawing based workflow
  • Asset management is enhanced as key attributes and life cycle data of electrical equipment and components are easily accessible from one database
  • Quickly finds and reports errors in the data representing the electric grid’s topology and connectivity
  • Increases the effectiveness of outage management systems by providing accurate and timely connectivity data of the electrical gird
  • Rich configurability – Use your existing drawing standards
  • Use of integration standards and technologies (e.g. SOA, CIM) reduces your total cost of ownership
  • NetGIS can be hosted at your site or provided as a service (SaaS) through a cloud based hosted solution
  • Builds on the rich representational power of AutoCAD and Oracle's standard spatial data capabilities
  • Managed synchronization to common underlying model across user defined drawing types:
    • Automated detection of drawings impacted by changes
    • Automated or manually approved changes
  • Full support of:
    • Networked electrical topologies (e.g. Networked Secondaries)
    • Complex underground civil structures (e.g. Networks of Duct Banks)
  • Utilizes a highly secure client/server architecture that minimizes the performance impact on the user’s desktop computers
  • Exchanges data with other utility databases through the use of non-proprietary industry standard interfaces

NetGIS Story


Videos

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NetGIS Introduction