Miner & Miner and CGI CYME announce business alliance

Fort Collins, CO, Oct. 3, 2003 — Miner & Miner, Consulting Engineers, Inc. and CGI CYME recently announced an official business alliance.

The alliance formalizes the agreement between the two companies to continue to provide electric utilities with the ability to access CYME’s network analysis software, CYMDIST, from within Miner & Miner’s GIS-based ArcFM Solution.

CYME and Miner & Miner have been able to improve the design and analysis process by providing two-way interaction between the different applications through a COM interface. Miner & Miner’s Network Adapter product provides tools to extract a model (selected set of features that comprise a feeder or distribution system) from the GIS and load data to the CYMDIST analysis engine via XML. Some analysis examples include load flow, voltage drops and short circuit analysis.

Results can then be extracted from CYMDIST and displayed in any ArcFM Solution application including ArcFM, Designer, and Responder. Thus, as feeders are modified, planners can quickly analyze the feeder with CYMDIST and display the results in a GIS environment. This two-way interface capability improves efficiency by eliminating the need to maintain data in two separate systems and enhances the utility’s ability to balance load across its network and plan for future expansion.

Through the CYMDIST/ArcFM Solution integration, the corporate GIS database becomes the system-of-record for all network information. As such, users can design and evaluate a job for a variety of conditions directly in the GIS. This integration enables the engineering group to make decisions based on both physical conditions and analysis criteria and ensures a more efficient design process. The CYMDIST/ArcFM Solution integration empowers those most directly associated with the work to make key decisions.

“Miner & Miner and CYME have been working together on many occasions in the past to successfully deliver engineering solutions to utilities. The official announcement of this business alliance supplements a strong relationship between the two companies, who share the same commitment to the user community in seeking to deliver the highest quality products.” states Marc Coursol, Senior Vice-President at CGI CYME.

About CYME

CYME was established in January 1986 and was rapidly recognized as a world leader in the development of Power Engineering Software for the utility industry, gaining its enviable reputation for high quality, technical excellence and customer responsiveness. CYME’s products feature a unique combination of analytical capabilities and the latest advances in user-friendliness and interoperability. More than 5000 copies of CYME’s programs are being used daily in 105 countries around the world. CYME is now part of CGI and it is under the CGI banner that we will continue to offer top quality products, services and solutions that will meet the ever growing industry expectations. You are welcome to visit our web site for more information on CGI CYME at www.cyme.com.

About Miner & Miner

Miner & Miner (M&M) is a provider in the development and implementation of GIS software for utilities. M&M’s ArcFM Solution and extended services assist electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities in increasing productivity, lowering costs, and improving services by allowing them to effectively manage spatial information. Founded in 1946 as a full-service electrical engineering firm, M&M has been a business partner of ESRI since 1987. This partnership has enabled M&M to become the world’s leading developer of ArcGIS applications for the utility industry. M&M services include implementation and customization of software to fit the needs of individual utilities. For more information, please visit www.miner.com.

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