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How Better Asset Management Delivers Clean Water to Indonesia

Located in the South Kalimantan province of Indonesia on a delta island, the city of Banjarmasin is facing a surge of economic and population growth that calls for infrastructure improvements. Historically, poor water sanitation has resulted in a loss of usable resources throughout the country. Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum (PDAM) Banjarmasin, the local water utility company, is working to combat this issue b ...

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Energy Policy Impacts Utility Companies

Intergraph is helping utility companies in Germany meet the requirements of the country's "Energiewende" (energy transition policy). Intergraph's Max Weber recently discussed the impacts of the policy on utility networks with Energie & Management. Germany is transitioning from fossil fuel and nuclear energy to the age of solar and renewable energy. Due to this energy turnaround policy, low- and medium-v ...

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Intergraph Works with Microsoft on CityNext

For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas and nearly 70 percent of people will live in cities by 2050. This ongoing migration creates unprecedented opportunities, but also intensifies problems such as aging infrastructure, hazards to public health and safety, pollution, crime and traffic. To help meet this challenge, Intergraph Security Government ...

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Utilities Go Mobile to Improve Operations

For the typical utility company, two-thirds of total employees are field based. This makes the extension of critical business applications to remote users a key opportunity for productivity improvement and cost reduction. Mobile technologies integrated with back-end systems, such as outage management and work management systems, support the display of maps in the field and help coordinate crew activities, e ...

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Weathering the Storm

Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages in the U.S. Between 2003 and 2012, severe weather caused 679 widespread outages and cost the U.S. economy between $18 billion and $33 billion per year, according to a U.S. government report. Dealing with these weather-related incidents can take a toll on utility companies – such as Wisconsin Public Service (WPS). WPS must deal with torrential winds and wi ...

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8 Ways Edmonton is a Smart City

The term “smart city” has been popping up in various industry discussions for a few years now, but what does “smart city” really mean? For Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, “smart city” means centralizing spatial information for use across city departments and the intelligent use of department-specific data to improve public works, transportation, public safety and more, now and in the future. Home to more than 1 ...

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CESC Reduces Power Loss by 11 Percentage Points

CESC is an Indian electricity generation (thermal power), transmission and distribution company that serves a population of more than 11 million spread across 567 square kilometers. Connected through a complex distribution network (both underground and overhead), CESC requires detailed asset mapping and consumer indexing to reduce the response time for outages and optimize load balancing for transformers. C ...

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Don’t Keep Your Customers in the Dark

The weather this winter hasn’t been very kind to most of North America. In early January, an Arctic cold front blanketed much of the country in snow and ice and also brought frigid temperatures in the single digits to areas as far south as Texas and Florida. By early February, another round of snow covered the U.S. from Alabama to Maine, which led to both school and business closings and a record number of ...

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Going Green with Innovative Technology

Understanding the balance between a rapidly growing society and the necessity to have sustainable energy sources that protect both the community and the environment is critical. Energy and the environment go hand in hand. Whether derived from fossil fuels or renewable sources, all energy production and consumption activities have environmental impacts. The challenge for utility companies: how to manage grow ...

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Thoughts on DistribuTECH and the role of GIS in DMS

Last week, the leading annual smart grid conference was held in San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Now in its 24th year, DistribuTECH had its largest attendance ever, topping out at more than 10,000 attendees, according to an Electric Light & Power report. This included representatives from 300 utilities spanning 66 countries worldwide. This year, I received the honor of bei ...

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