GIS Technology Enhancement Program
In December 1996, Questar Regulated Services (serving Mountain Fuel Supply and Questar Pipeline) initiated an enterprise AM/FM/GIS technology enhancement program. It represents a logical extension to past and ongoing AM/FM/GIS and customer information system (CIS) initiatives and will build upon Questar Regulated Service`s previous investments in those two systems. It should open the door to many new opportunities and positively impact operations across every department within the Questar Regulated Services, Mountain Fuel Supply and Questar Pipeline organizations. Implementing the program will establish a foundation by which the company can continue to improve the engineering, operation, management and accounting of its transmission and distribution system facilities and will provide a strong technical and functional architecture for core business process refinements and an enterprise-wide information systems environment.
The enhancement program will be implemented and deployed over an 18 to 24 month time frame. The program is focused on satisfying business needs quickly. It is anticipated that design and a majority of the functionality to be developed will be completed and deployed by year-end 1997.
Following a competitive consultant evaluation process, Intergraph was selected to develop a strategic plan for enhancement of the current AM/FM/GIS and integration with Mountain Fuel`s CIS. Working as a team with Mountain Fuel, Intergraph facilitated several review and planning workshops.
Based on the results of the interactive workshops conducted with appropriate Mountain Fuel management, engineering, operations and information services personnel, Intergraph prepared a report that documented the workshop efforts, presented a summary of findings and proposed an AM/FM/GIS technology enhancement program. Implementing the program will establish a foundation by which Mountain Fuel can continue to improve the engineering, operation and management of its distribution system facilities and will provide a strong technical and functional architecture for core business process refinements and an enterprise-wide information systems environment. Finally, the AM/FM/GIS technology enhancement program described opportunities to standardize workflows and information processing across the organization.