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In Canada, Alectra Utilities is merging four separate geographic information systems (GIS) into a single network.

The second largest municipally owned electric utility in North America has selected Hexagon to integrate its GIS systems.

Through its Safety and Infrastructure division, Hexagon is providing the utility with the Integraph G/Technology software to converge distinct systems into a single data model and symbology.

The Integraph software will restructure the coding of the GIS systems without changing their behaviors and functionalities.

Integraph will also act as a data management solution to help Alectra Utilities expand its ability to monitor, report on and improve reliability and power quality.

The integrated system will feed single interfaces into other critical systems, like SCADA, AMI and CIS to help the utility to reduce operational costs and improve efficiency.

The project follows the forming of Alectra Utilities after the merging of Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream into a single utility company in 2017.

Mike Matthews, senior vice president of network services for Alectra Utilities, said: “Alectra Utilities needed an enterprise-level system of record to manage all of our GIS and network data.

“Consolidating on Hexagon’s Intergraph G/Technology will result in streamlined business processes, standardised engineering practices, improved data quality and better service for our customers.”

David Armstrong, vice president and general manager for Hexagon’s Safety & Infrastructure division in Canada, added: “We’re honored that Alectra Utilities selected Hexagon after a three-year competitive process.

“This is the fourth largest utility in Canada to commit to Hexagon’s utility GIS software after competitive review, joining ATCO Electric, FortisAlberta and Toronto Hydro. .”