Chile’s energy oversight agency selects GIS to streamline network oversight


Santiago de Chile — (METERING.COM) — August 27, 2009 – Chile’s energy oversight agency, Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles (SEC), has selected the ArcFM™ geographic information system (GIS) solution to help streamline its oversight duties of the country’s electric distribution networks.

The smart grid solution from global IT solutions and business information services provider Telvent should ensure the SEC is better equipped to validate and analyze vital electric supply network information.

By replacing paper maps and manual information management processes with the ArcFM geodatabase, SEC will save significant time and resources in its analysis and inspection duties. The accurate and up-to-date representation of electric networks will allow agency inspectors to focus efforts and resources on areas that might be critical to energy quality, safety, and security – and ultimately help support and protect the country’s electricity consumers. Further, the solution will allow further functionality, such as analysis of electrical connectivity over distribution networks that would be impractical to perform manually.

With the electricity demand in Chile expected to increase by 5 percent per year over the next 20 years, this upgrade in network information management capabilities is welcomed by SEC.

“Thanks to the technology, we are taking a big step in the evolution of oversight,” affirmed Francisco Balcazar, head of SEC’s Electrical Systems Department. “Along with analyzing the global data for this country’s electric suppliers, we will easily identify the specific customers affected by the quality of service supplied by energy distribution companies.”

Chile’s SEC, under the ministry of economy, supervises compliance by privatized companies with regulations and technical standards controlling the generation, production, storage, transportation and distribution of the country’s energy supplies.

SEC’s Electric Engineering Division controls and inspects the infrastructure owned and operated by the 34 electric distribution companies serving the approximately 4.5 million customers nationwide.