Automation Awards

Automation Awards

Madison Gas & Electric (MG&E) has implemented enterprise-wide access to its AM/FM system using Byers Map Viewer software. Approximately 110 people at the utility use the software to view, redline and print mapping and facility information. Since implementing the software from Byers Engineering, MG&E has experienced many benefits including increased locator productivity and cost savings through both the elimination of an aperture card system and the reduced need to purchase new workstations.

Midlands Electricity, a leading energy company in the United Kingdom, is upgrading its CAD and document management system with Intergraph`s Asset Information Management software operating on Windows NT. The new system will advance two generations of technology to provide an improved and integrated environment for management of all engineering records. The upgrade includes four dual-screen workstations and an ISMP 630 symmetrical multiprocessor server with dual 200-megahertz Pentium Pro processors.

The City of Tallahassee Electric Department is implementing a pen-based field inventory system to collect outside plant data that links directly to a database developed and maintained with software from SHL VISION Solutions. The system incorporates a real-time differential Global Positioning System (GPS) and laser range-finding equipment with a pen-based edit/view system. Mobile workers use the GPS to identify their position directly in the pen-based unit. Laser range-finding equipment is then used to add the locations of nearby assets, such as poles and transformers.

Ontario Hydro has selected Harris Corp. to supply multiple installations of Harris` next generation Integrated Substation Control System. The contract calls for the provision of Station Protection Control Network systems for installations at Ontario Hydro`s bulk power transmission stations, hydroelectric stations and distribution stations for both new and retrofit applications. Harris is working closely with Ontario Hydro to develop a comprehensive system concept which incorporates an open standard, LAN-based monitoring control and protection strategy.

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. has signed a contract with Gulf Power Co. to provide two-way, interactive advanced energy management applications. The complete energy system is to feature Scientific-Atlanta`s MainGate system technology and includes a full-scale rollout to an anticipated 40,000 homes within Gulf Power`s service area over the next seven to eight years. The MainGate system is built around an open architecture and supports a variety of communications protocols and media.

Southern California Edison has signed a letter of intent with Itron to develop a pilot program that will read 50,000 meters in the utility`s service area using Itron`s fixed network AMR technology. The pilot will allow Edison to evaluate the potential use of AMR utility-wide. The AMR system will provide a variety of advanced meter reading capability, including daily scheduled consumption meter readings, real-time on-demand readings, time-of-use readings, outage detection and the ability to monitor inactive accounts for unauthorized usage.

Westin Engineering is currently assisting the Southern Nevada Water Authority with the implementation of a number of control system enhancements and upgrades. The upgrades are part of an expansion of the Southern Nevada Water System tem that will expand its 1997 capacity of 480 MGD to 900 MGD by 2025. The current and planned activities include the following: distribution system facilities planning, new water treatment plant planning, design and coordination of telecommunications and control systems for multiple regional subsystems, and GIS application support.

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