Plan, Design, Document & Apply Information
Designed for both the office and the field, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s Intergraph G/Technology® suite of software products enable utilities and telecommunications network operators to maintain a definitive network model. With it, they can access reliable, location-based information describing their facility network and its connectivity and share this information with users and systems across their organisation.
Intergraph G/Technology maintains an accurate, consistent, and current network model by applying intelligent, rules-driven tools that streamline and enhance the processes for designing and documenting the network. It can assess, manage, and track the status of projects, equipment, and connections and coordinate with other business systems to manage the full engineering life cycle. Uniquely, Intergraph G/Technology serves as a single platform that supports dedicated models for electric, communications, water, and gas networks.
Network Design & Documentation
Intergraph G/Technology’s smart editing tools use rules to drive semi-automated placement and run integral data validation, improving capture speed and data quality. The assisted placement speeds the capture of complex graphical features while ensuring the correct symbology is applied to produce visually consistent data. At the same time, rules-based validation enforces corporate design standards and engineering rules while confirming geospatial elements are topologically clean. This combination boosts efficiency provides higher quality data and expedites posting to the master data by reducing the need for post-capture data validation and clean-up.
Design & Construction
This robust software suite supports rich version management, analysis, and reporting capabilities required to model and manage engineering life cycles. This includes co-ordination with other business platforms, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), work and asset management system (WAMS), and field operations. The ability to maintain alternate versions, combined with design validation and estimation, enables comparative assessments of designs, both technically and financially.
Organisations can use Intergraph G/Technology to support these roles independently, or by interacting with the other business systems involved in managing change to the network, notably ERP/WAMS for job planning, materials, and costs, and field mobility solutions for executing work. Direct process co-ordination and information sharing between systems also enables businesses to remove disconnected, duplicated, and contradictory processes, delivering significant benefits. Operators can enhance safety, save money, and expedite work while improving the accuracy and currency of their records.
Network Planning & Analysis
Intergraph G/Technology supports integration with leading distribution network analysis tools – such as ETAP and Siemens – enabling them to operate within its user interface. This combination enables users to initiate calculations and visualise analysis results directly within the map view. In this way, they can evaluate a new design’s impact on the distribution system immediately. This integration also helps validate data in the model to ensure it has the correct functioning needed to support modelling. It also enables the network model to address all the topological and electrical data necessary to support specialised algorithms.
Network Model Management
Vital to safe and effective network operations is an accurate as-operated model of the physical network. The combination of Intergraph G/Technology’s intelligent rules-based design, real-time model updates, and integration with network modelling, monitoring, and control tools provides the basis for a consistent source of data. This data is reliable and functionally rich enough to feed operational systems, such as an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) or outage management system (OMS).
In some environments, users may need to supplement the Intergraph G/Technology network model with information managed by external applications. This requires additional processing to aggregate and resolve the different data sources. For this purpose, Hexagon provides a network model management solution that delivers a framework and consistent process to manage data integration. It can aggregate electric network data from multiple sources to form a consistent and comprehensive dataset. It can also manage the QA process and publish the resolved data to formats compatible with the operator’s OMS, DMS, or distribution planning tools.
Learn how ESB Networks leveraged Hexagon’s Intergraph G/Technology product suite to manage the full life cycle of its network.