HOUSTON -- GE Energy has released Smallworld Global Transmission Office 4.1, the latest version of a suite of natural gas and liquid applications with a comprehensive global data model for the management of the assets in a pipeline transmission network.
This spatially-enabled network management solution brings together the essential applications needed to help pipeline transmission customers manage their networks and meet regulatory requirements in the industry, GE says.
The suite of integrated applications allows transmission companies to leverage the GIS data to make better-informed decisions about their assets. GE says its software is the only solution provided by a vendor that also provides the base GIS technology.
Key benefits for the customer include:
•The global pipeline-specific data model can reduce time to "go live" by shortening the database design phase by as much as 80%
•The standard application code and standard data model reduce total cost of ownership through minimized administration and by providing a standardized and smooth upgrade path
•Product provides applications and standard methods for pipeline integrity management and compliance reporting to satisfy regulators.
"The Smallworld Global Transmission Office provides our pipeline customers with a standard off-the-shelf product geared toward helping them operate and maintain their assets more efficiently, reduce costs and comply with regulatory requirements," says Bob Gilligan, general manager of GE Energy's transmission and distribution business. "We are excited about providing a GIS pipeline product that will upgrade from one revision to the next, enabling our customers to reduce their total ownership costs."