Three co-ops choose Trimble GIS/asset management solution

Sunnyvale, CA, March 17, 2009 — Trimble announced that three new electric cooperative utilities have selected its UtilityCenter software as their enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solution. Trimble UtilityCenter software tools are designed to allow electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities to automate their workflow and business processes to increase efficiency and improve productivity. The software leverages ESRI ArcGIS technology to provide a comprehensive and cost- effective GIS solution for the office and the field.

The new Trimble electric cooperative utility customers are Blachly-Lane County Co-op Electric Association Inc., Continental Divide Electric Co-op Inc., Harney Electric Co-op Inc.

Blachly-Lane, located in Eugene, Oregon, selected the Trimble UtilityCenter uaField module to put the utility’s GIS at field workers’ fingertips, and the uaFM module to provide core GIS and asset management functionality in the office. The new solution will allow them to distribute GIS data and interface with the company’s customer information system (CIS) to support workflow for utility billing, accounting, engineering, and operations.

Continental Divide located in Grants, New Mexico, is transitioning to Trimble’s UtilityCenter software from their previous vendor. Continental Divide chose UtilityCenter to integrate their map data into their day-to-day workflows and eliminate some problematic interfaces. They are using UtilityCenter’s uaField module for field design, a viewing tool with redlining capabilities for field workers, and the uaFM module for ESRI desktop users in the office. The solution also interfaces to the utility’s CIS.

Harney Electric, based in Burns, Oregon, selected Trimble UtilityCenter to improve their data management. Harney Electric began utilizing Trimble’s handheld devices for data collection to meet requirements from the local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to provide data about the accurate location of electric poles on BLM land. They have subsequently selected the uaField and uaFM modules of Trimble’s UtilityCenter software suite to make better use of their asset data and enhance their decision making process. Harney Electric plans to integrate with their CIS in the future.

The Trimble UtilityCenter software provides a comprehensive suite of GIS- based workflow solutions designed to automate the daily business operations of utilities from outage management and work order tracking to updating GIS maps while in the field. The Trimble UtilityCenter software includes application modules for utility desktop GIS mapping, mobile GIS and field staking, asset maintenance tracking, and outage management. Through an integrated desktop, Web and mobile platform, Trimble UtilityCenter provides utility office and field employees with a complete visual solution for managing assets, customers and mobile resources.

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