NDPL Deploys Infotech Enterprises' GIS Solution

by Julia Fernandes    Jun 17, 2005

North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has selected Infotech Enterprises Limited, a geospatial services company, to implement GE Smallworld GIS technology within NDPL for GIS mapping of the entire distribution network and provide GIS based solutions for operations resource management.

Infotech Enterprises will implement the final phase of the GIS initiative at NDPL, which started with a base-line GIS solution nearly two years ago with a view to improve customer service and efficiency in operations.

Communicating to CXOtoday, NDPL said that it commenced its land base and electrical mapping two years ago and used JT secure (full version) software as an interim solution before buying GIS software applications (GE Smallworld). The interim solution was used for preparation of various network design schemes for optimization and also for commercial application for consumer analysis.

The GE Smallworld based solution includes design manager, schematic generator and SIAS and will be implemented in a seamless manner to enable NDPL plan, design, manage and maintain their distribution system spread over 510 sq. kms in a more streamlined manner. The solution will interface with NDPL’s Network Analysis System, Billing System, ERP System, Works Management System as well as other Enterprise Systems.

The completed GIS solution will not only enable designers to plan, design and manage new services and line extensions but also enable 200 Web users to have the pulse of the network at their fingertips. The entire project is expected to be completed in a time-frame of 12 months.

Speaking about the need for deploying this solution, NDPL stated that its area of jurisdiction is spread over about 510 sq kms with a registered consumer base of over 8,50,000. Various assets of NDPL are spread out within its geographical area. The electrical network is partially underground and partially overhead.

Moreover, the information about network and NDPL assets resides in databases and at times become available in different pockets. Presently information is fragmented and is not complete and at times, it creates impediments in planning and designing an efficient network.

The company hopes that the above impediments shall be eradicated with the aid of geographical map. Once implemented, this GIS system shall become the communication platform for various operations of NDPL. The common information shall be shared by all and integrated and optimum decisions could be taken.

Additionally, with inbuilt potential of providing various analyses, the company hopes that decisions shall be efficient and better informed. Consumer service as well as commercial functions shall be better managed.

The company did evaluate players such as Intergraph - Rolta India, ESRI- NIIT GIS Ltd., GE Smallworld- TCS, GE Smallworld - Infotech, Faciplus - ABB India.
According to the company, technical offers as received were reviewed by KEMA Consultants (USA) and NDPL team.

The solution offered by Infotech was techno-commercially most competitive for meeting NDPL requirements. The fact that Infotech Enterprise has successfully implemented the GE Smallworld package at Noida Power Company (CESC’S Subsidiary) as also for China Light and Power, Hong Kong as an associate of another licensee of GE Smallworld was considered a positive aspect.

NDPL is a joint venture between Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company and the Government of Delhi with the majority stake being held by the Tata Group.

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