Itron expands distribution design software

Spokane, WA, Aug. 24, 2006 — Itron Inc. announced the release of new enhancement modules for their Distribution Design Studio (DDS) software for the design of overhead and underground utility lines. DDS provides electric and gas utilities with a suite of line design and utility process automation tools that are designed to optimize and streamline distribution design, while promising to give utilities more control over how and where they implement DDS’s flexible software and hardware options.

Modular software architecture is the key to Distribution Design Studio’s flexibility. DDS consists of a base design application, Distribution Staker, and a set of enhancement modules that can plug in to build the specific functionality a utility requires. Using DDS on desktop, laptop, tablet or handheld computers, designers can work in the office or in the field.

Itron’s Distribution Staker software offers line designers CAD/GIS rendering and editing capabilities with intuitive design and efficiency tools. Using Distribution Staker, designers can create layouts and construction drawings using the embedded efficiency tools, while the application automatically generates complete and consistent construction packets including material lists, customer estimates, utility cost estimates, staking sheets, and more.

The optional DDS enhancement modules provide advanced functionality that takes advantage of the latest developments in communications and business process automation:

* GPS brings the power of global positioning to the distribution designer in the field. Real-world coordinates help eliminate the time and cost associated with traditional survey crews or other manual methods.
* Mobile Asset View adds full access to utility asset, infrastructure and land base information to the DDS. With data from the GIS and/or mapping system integrated into the design application, designers can create more accurate designs with greater efficiency, as well as update the GIS/mapping system with design data.
* Process Management automates the approvals and hand-offs that are traditionally the most manual and time-consuming aspect of design projects. This web-based module routes design projects and provides status visibility to stakeholders in the distribution design process throughout the utility.

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