Itron launches new tool for Origin GIS software

SPOKANE, Wash., June 17, 2004 – Itron Inc. announced the release and commercial availability of the “Overhead Asset Modeler” tool set for Origin GIS software, adding embedded engineering technology, true structure and conductor engineering calculations, and advanced modeling capabilities to the Origin GIS package.

Origin GIS, distributed exclusively by Itron to the North American utility industry, is an advanced geographic information system (GIS) tool built on ESRI’s widely used ArcGIS mapping software platform, providing utilities with enterprise-wide distribution and integration of geospatial and asset data. Origin GIS enables utilities to more effectively manage distribution assets and infrastructure.

Itron’s Overhead Asset Modeler (OAM) tool integrates state-of-the-art structural, clearance and visualization functionality into the Origin GIS work environment. For users, the benefits of this added capability include maintaining system inventory and managing reliability and code compliance from a single platform. Utilities can now leverage their investment in GIS-based asset information by validating against their true system model that structural and clearance requirements are met.

In addition, Itron’s OAM tool provides structural analysis, conductor analysis, and profile view modeling of GIS data, 3D structure editing, and GIS validation against structural and clearance requirements.

The release of this advanced tool is the result of a joint development between Itron and Origin GeoSystems (a subsidiary of PDA). Itron is the exclusive third-party sales and marketing agent for Origin GIS software in North America. Origin GeoSystems develops Origin GIS software and provides implementation, configuration and data management services to utility companies.

“This is a continuation of the partnership between two industry leaders in the planning and management of utility delivery system infrastructure,” said John Hengesh, vice president and general manager of Itron’s Water and Public Power group. “By integrating Itron’s state of the art analysis engines within Origin GIS, we’re providing our utility customers with a very powerful tool to optimize the efficiency and reliability of their delivery infrastructure.”

Bud Porter, vice president of business development for Origin GeoSystems, said embedding high-end structural design and analysis into Origin GIS has been the goal between the two companies since inception.

“Overhead Asset Modeler is the first product based on this collaboration,” Porter said. “This new offering significantly extends the capabilities and value of Origin GIS. The result is the ability to structurally model overhead assets in the system in which they typically reside-the GIS.”

About Itron

Itron is a leading technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. More than 2,800 utilities worldwide rely on Itron technology to deliver the knowledge they require to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Itron delivers value to its clients by providing industry-leading solutions for meter data collection, energy information management, demand side management and response, load forecasting, analysis and consulting services, transmission and distribution system design and optimization, web-based workforce automation, C&I customer care, enterprise and residential energy management. To know more, start here:

About Origin GeoSystems

Origin GeoSystems (a subsidiary of PDA) is a software development firm specializing in geographic information systems specifically designed for utilities. Origin GeoSystems offers a wide range of high-quality software products and services to support and enhance the engineering and operations functions of utilities. In addition to Origin GIS, available

exclusively through Itron, Origin GeoSystems’ deep understanding and expertise in the application of information technology is available to utilities through a range of implementation, data conversion and integration services. For more information, visit

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