GE Smallworld GIS CST420 Upgrade: SRP Distribution GIS DDA EZ-Plot
Upgrade and Plotting Data Conversion – Salt River Project;
Phoenix, Arizona (October, 2013) <<
In June of 2012, MIT, Inc. was awarded a GIS
project to upgrade SRP
Distribution GIS DDA
(Distribution Design Automation)
EZ-Plot to GE
SWAF420 version, as well as to develop
plotting data conversion scripts to convert
the original DDA
Construction Design Sketch data to the new
plotting data format.
The project started in June, 2012 and
was successfully completed in September,
upgrading schedule was very
however MIT, Inc. was able to deliver
each milestone ahead of schedule.
The project included four major tasks:
1. Upgrade the SRP
Distribution GIS DDA EZ-Plot
product from GE Smallworld GIS v.330 to the
standard MIT, Inc’s EZ-Plot SWAF420
2. Identify the original SRP DDA EZ-Plot special “drawing functions”
and develop their corresponding “layout elements” in
GE Smallworld GIS SWAF420 version;
3. Identify the original SRP DDA EZ-Plot add-on functions and develop the same or
similar functions in SWAF420 version.
Develop the plotting data conversion
scripts to convert the original DDA EZ-Plot plotting data to the SWAF420 plotting data format.
In October, 2013, the new DDA EZ-Plot
product and its associated construction
design sketch plotting data were smoothly deployed to
Distribution Production GIS.
SRP (Salt River Project)
Implemented MIT's Quick Map Product to Generate
its Distribution Maps – Salt River Project;
Phoenix, Arizona (October, 2012) <<
In July of 2012, the SRP (Salt River
Project) GIS team decided to choose MIT, Inc's
Quick Map product (v420) to replace its
original "Distribution Map" application.
In addition, SRP also contracted MIT,
Inc. to implement the "Map Generator" which
will automatically generate SRP distribution
map pages across the whole SRP GIS service
The project started in July, 2012 and was
successfully completed in Novernmber, 2012.
SRP Distribution Map contains the
following five map types:
- Overhead Map
- Underground Map
- Schematic Map
- UG Abandonment Map
- Lighting Exhibit Map
In October, 2013, the new Quick Map
(Distribution Map) product and the generated
map pages were successfully deployed to
Distribution Production GIS.
Corridor Manager System (CM)
Transmission Circuit Loader & Structure
Reconfiguration Tool - National Grid; Waltham, Massachusetts
(April, 2010) <<
National Grid Corridor Manager System (CM)
is an Electric Transmission Geographic
Information System (GIS) which is
built and implemented on the GE Smallworld
GIS SWAF version 400 platform.
On August, 2009, MIT, Inc. was hired by National Grid to work
with National Grid’s Transmission GIS team
to build transmission circuit loader &
structure reconfiguration tool,
which included gathering the business
requirements, making applications designs,
building applications specifications, and
developing following CM GIS applications:
Circuit Loader is a CM GIS application which
is used to populate the new "In Service"
transmission circuit data into the CM GIS
system in a one batch loading mode.
In addition, some circuits may have
different phasing configurations, such as
phasing changing from "ABC" to "CBA", the
Circuit Loader will allow the circuit data
to be cut into multiple subsets which then
be loaded separately.
Structure Reconfiguration Tool
Structure Reconfiguration Tool
is a CM GIS application which is used to
replace the whole transmission structure
configuration with the new structure design
This CM GIS application will be used when an
existing structure configuration has been
changed in the field and the new structure
data need to be updated in the CM GIS
Besides the replacements of all structure
components, such as switches, poles, clamps,
wires, brackets, etc., the Structure
Reconfiguration Tool will also reconfigure
the wire direction to make sure that wire
runs from upstream to downstream of the
Bulk Object Attributes Update & Structure Move Tools
In addition, MIT, Inc. was also
contracted to design and develop "Bulk
Object Attributes Update" and "Structure
Bulk Object Attributes Update Tool is a CM
GIS application which is used to bulk update
CM GIS circuit data in a single update
Structure Move Tool is a CM GIS application which is
used to move the structures and all their associated transmission facility records to
the new latitude/longitude locations. There
are three types of structure move modes as
- Move by Coordinates from Data File - Move
a set of structures and their associated
objects to the latitude/longitude
coordinate locations by the intermediate
Selection by Trail – Move the selected
structures and their associated objects
(selected in the main CM GIS window) to
the location defined by the last segment
of the map trail.
Selection by Dragging – Move the
selected structures and their associated
objects (selected in the main CM GIS
window) by dragging the mouse cursor.
The whole project started in August, 2009 and
was successfully completed in April, 2010.
Electric GIS Data Field Inspection &
Quality Control - National Grid; Waltham, Massachusetts
(July, 2009) >>
The accuracy of GIS data is crucial to
National Grid’s several key business
objectives, including its outage management
system, engineering analysis, and design, so
a comprehensive GIS data field inspection &
quality control becomes essential
for its GE Smallworld GIS.
Teaming with Osmose, MIT, Inc. was awarded
the National Grid New England region GIS
Data Field Inspection & Quality Control project.
MIT, Inc. is responsible for the GE Smallworld GIS portion of the project,
while Osmose is responsible for the field inspection
MIT, Inc. developed its data exchange (export/import) software to take
out and in between GE Smallworld GIS and the field survey mobile unit (FastGate Mobile).
MIT, Inc.'s data exchange software exported the data from GE Smallworld GIS and
sent the data to the field survey mobile
unit. The field- inspected data was then
returned back to MIT, Inc. and was imported into GE Smallworld GIS.
MIT’s data import software also has the validation functions to reject the field inspection
data if they are invalid with the GE Smallworld GIS data.
Upon successfully importing the field inspection data into GE Smallworld
GIS, MIT, Inc.’s team also conducted GIS data quality control and performed white space management
before handing the GIS data back to the National Grid team.
The whole project started in May, 2005 and
was successfully completed in July, 2009.
||SWAF411 CE*GIS Quick Map Upgrade and New
“Underground Locating Map” Implementation –
ComEd, An Exelon Company; Chicago, Illinois (September,
On July 3rd, 2008, MIT, Inc. was awarded a GIS project by
ComEd, an Exelon Company; Chicago, Illinois, to:
- Upgrade ComEd CE*GIS Quick Map 321 version (MIT Quick Map
321 version) to MIT Quick Map 411 version, which is
compatible with GE Smallworld GIS SWAF411 version. CE*GIS
Quick Map includes two map types - “Area Map” and
“Sparse Area Map”.
- Implement new underground locating map, which includes
two map types - “UG Locating Map” and
“Sparse UG Locating Map”.
CE*GIS Quick Map is the implementation and customization
of the purchased MIT’s Quick Map product. Please refer to
“Products” page for details.
The CE*GIS Quick Map 411 version includes, but not limited to,
the following functions:
- Map tracking functions allow CE*GIS map user to be able
to ONLY print or save (PDF format) the map pages which have
the electric facilities data changes. The map tracking
capability dramatically reduces the print out of paper maps
since there are thousands of map pages existing in the CE*GIS
- Display the neighbor map names at the edge of the map
page allowing the user to more easily identify the neighbor
- Display all feeder names at the edges of each map when
the feeders cross the map boundary.
- Display the political and operational regions where the
map page belongs to, such as county name, township name, city
name, area office, reporting office and regional office.
- Display all objects with “internal
design/world”, such as substation, manhole, vault,
switch gear, building.
The project was successfully completed one week ahead of
the schedule and the new CE*GIS Quick Maps 411 version were
deployed system-wide in September 2008.
SRP (Salt River Project) Chose MIT's EZ-Plot for Its
Distribution Design Automation (DDA) System – Salt River
Project; Phoenix, Arizona (April, 2008) >>
In October of 2007, the SRP (Salt River Project) GIS team
decided to choose MIT's EZ-Plot product as the plotting
application for its Distribution Design Automation (DDA)
system. The decision was made after dedicated market research
and product comparisons by SRP IT and User support groups.SRP
also hired MIT, Inc. as part of its implementation team to
customize and enhance the EZ-Plot to meet SRP's unique work
order design plotting requirements.With combined efforts from
both the SRP and MIT teams, the EZ-Plot (DDA) version was
successfully rolled out to SRP GIS in April, 2008.
SW410 CE*GIS Circuit Map Upgrade and Data
Conversion – Exelon Energy; Chicago , Illinois (November,
In August of 2007, MIT, Inc. was awarded a GIS project to
upgrade Exelon Energy's CE*GIS Circuit Map to GE Smallworld GIS
SWAF410 version, as well as to develop data conversion scripts
to convert the original circuit map data to the new format.The
project was successfully completed and the new circuit maps
were deployed system-wide in November 2007.
Exelon's upgrade schedule was very aggressive, however MIT,
Inc. was able to deliver each milestone ahead of schedule and
earned an “early delivery incentive” from
The project included four major tasks:
- Upgrade the CE*GIS Circuit Map product from GE
SW321 version to the standard Circuit Map SWAF410
- Identify the original CE*GIS Circuit Map special
“drawing functions” and then develop their
corresponding “layout elements” in SWAF410
- Identify the original CE*GIS Circuit Map add-on
functions, and then choose:
- Do nothing, if it is covered by the new
- Do nothing, if it is no longer needed;
- Develop the same or similar functions in
- Develop the data conversion scripts to convert the
original CE*GIS Circuit Map data into the SWAF410
GIS Data Field Inventory QA - Northeast Utilities;
Hartford, Connecticut (March, 2006) >>
In August of 2004, MIT was awarded a competitive bid to
perform Quality Assurance /Quality Control (QA/QC) services for
Northeast Utilities' comprehensive field inventory project. MIT
performed 'in-the-field' QA of 10% of Northeast Utilities
overhead and direct buried distribution system utilizing iPAQ
hand-held units as well as a 100% phasing check of the system.
MIT was able to mobilize this project within two weeks of
notification after the project was awarded. The project was
successfully completed in March of 2006.
NU (Northeast Utilities) Implemented MIT's Circuit Map and
Contracted MIT to Create/Layout Circuit maps – Northeast
Utilities; Hartford , Connecticut (May, 2006)
In April of 2005, Northeast Utilities purchased MIT's
Circuit Map product to replace its original “Single
Feeder View/One Line Maps”.
Northeast Utilities chose MIT, Inc. to implement, customize
and enhance the product to meet its special “Single
Northeast Utilities also contracted MIT, Inc. to create
single circuit maps for the entire CL&P division consisting
of over 1100 circuits.
In September, 2005, the implementation of Circuit Map
(pilot) was successfully delivered to NU with sample maps
created from 25 circuits chosen by NU.
In May of 2006, the Circuit Map product along with the maps
for all of Connecticut 's circuits were deployed in NU
production GIS environment successfully.
Quote from NU newsletter (May 12, 2006) titled “Benefits
of new single circuit map tool”
“New single circuit maps will aid storm restoration work,
other activities Using a new mapping tool …, NU's
Geographic Information System (GIS)/Mapping team has created a
more detailed and updated single circuit maps to allow NU
personnel to more easily follow an electric distribution system
circuit, particularly during storm restoration efforts. The
Single Circuit Map tool that generates the maps from the
Smallworld mapping system will replace three other mapping
products, saving the company up to $400,000 a year that would
have otherwise been spent to maintain the discontinued
products. The new single circuit maps offer greater detail than
previous multiple circuit maps by identifying single circuits,
corresponding street names, town and state
National Grid NE GIS Mapping Project (Circuit Map, Quick
Map, and URD Map) – National Grid; Boston , Massachusetts
(January, 2005) >>
In October of 2003, MIT, Inc. was awarded the mapping
project to implement MIT's map product suite, including Circuit
Map, Quick Map, and URD, for National Grid NE GIS (New England
MIT, Inc. was also contracted to create all of the feeder
maps for the feeders in the New England portion of National
Grid's service area.
Circuit Map (Feeder Map) contains the
following three map types:
- Key Map (Index Map) (22x34), with 11x17 PDF file output
- Crew Map (22x34), with 11x17 PDF file output option;
- Feeder Detail Map (22x34), with 11x17 PDF file output
Quick Map contains the following 12 map types:
- Regional Distribution Index Map (22x34)
- Mainline (Tie) Map 1”:2400' (22x60)
- Mainline (Tie) Detail Map 1”:600' (22x60)
- Storm/Wall Map 1”:2400' (22x60) - new
- Storm/Wall Detail Map 1”:600' (22x60)
- Distribution Map 1”:600' (11x17)
- Distribution Detail Map 1”:300' (22x34)
- Distribution Detail Map 1”:150' (11x17)
- Street Light Map 1”:600' (11x17)
- Street Light Detail Map 1”:150' (11x17)
- Pole Maintenance Map 1”:600' (11x17)
- Pole Maintenance Detail Map 1”:150' (11x17)
URD Map contains the following four map types:
- URD Index Map (11x17)
- URD Detail Map (11x17)
- URD Internal Map (11x17)
- URD Schematic Map (11x17)
All map products and their map creations were successfully
deployed to the NE GIS users as scheduled in January, 2005.
National Grid Vision GIS to GE Smallworld
GIS Electric Data Migration – National Grid; Boston ,
Massachusetts (June, 2004) >>
In March of 2003, MIT, Inc. was awarded the GIS data
migration project by National Grid to convert its existing
electric data for the New England portion of National Grid's
service area from Autodesk Vision GIS to GE Smallworld GIS. The
original data contained about 1.2 million poles, along with all
the other electric network data.
MIT, Inc. team members worked closely with the client's
subject matter experts in the definition and documentation of
migration data model mapping, migration rules, and annotation
placement requirements. MIT, Inc. developed a process that
leveraged MIT's in-house data migration engine to migrate
Vision GIS data to GE Smallworld GIS. MIT was able to
successfully convert over 99.9% of the database objects,
attributes, and geometries with 100% customer satisfaction.
Upon completion of the project, MIT also provided GE Smallworld
experts to train the end users the new GIS platform.
Duke Energy (Cinergy) Feeder Map and URD Map Implementation
– Duke Energy (Formerly Cinergy), Cincinnati , Ohio
(February, 2004) >>
In August of 2003, Duke Energy (formerly Cinergy
Corporation) purchased two map products from MIT, Inc. - Feeder
Map and URD Map (Underground Residential Development Map).
MIT, Inc. was also contracted to implement, customize, and
enhance these two map products to meet Duke Energy's map
Both products were successfully rolled out to production GIS
environment on February, 2003.
Specifications Development for Full Field Inventory of
Overhead Electric Distribution System - National Grid; Boston ,
Massachusetts (2004) >>
MIT was engaged to develop the specifications and Scope of
Work for a full field inventory of New England 's electric
distribution infrastructure. The project's goal was to
validate, assure and improve the quality of their GIS data.
MIT was responsible for the preparation and delivery of a
comprehensive Field Inventory Scope of Work allowing National
Grid to proceed with the vendor qualification and vendor
MIT provided expert consulting to National Grid on the
requirements for a complex inventory covering a large
National Grid Electric Field Inventory – National
Grid; Boston , Massachusetts (May, 2003) >>
In January of 2003, MIT, Inc. was awarded the electric field
inventory project by National Grid.
The electric field inventory's purpose was to survey the
overhead primary and associated equipment covering National
Grid's east New York portion of its service territories. The
survey was conducted to validate electrical equipment data held
in the GIS, including phasing, equipment attributes and the
presence of the correct equipment at the correct locations for
over 480,000 poles.
The project was initiated and
successfully completed within approximately four and a half
months. MIT relocated and trained field personnel and managed
all logistics of the inventory process, including vehicle
procurement, scheduling, and the reintegration process of
correcting the National Grid electric GIS database with the
National Grid Vision GIS to GE Smallworld
GIS Landbase Data Migration – National Grid; Boston ,
Massachusetts (September, 2002) >>
In September of 2002, MIT, Inc. was contracted to migrate
all existing landbase data for the eastern portion of National
Grid from Autodesk Vision GIS to GE Smallworld GIS. The
existing landbase covered about 11,000 square miles of the New
MIT team members worked closely with the client's subject
matter experts in the definition and documentation of migration
data model mapping, migration rules, and annotation placement
requirements. MIT, Inc. developed a process that leveraged
MIT's in-house data migration engine to migrate Vision GIS data
to GE Smallworld GIS. MIT, Inc. was able to successfully
convert over 99.9% of the database objects, attributes, and
geometries without the need for manual intervention. The
success of this project was proof to National Grid that the
Vision GIS electric data could be successfully migrated to GE
Smallworld GIS and the investment in the data could be
leveraged by the Company.
Exelon (ComEd) Smallworld GIS Electric and Landbase Data
conflation, QA/QC and Data Maintenance – Excelon Corporation
(ComEd); Chicago , Illinois (December, 2002)
In January of 1999, MIT, Inc. was contracted to manage all
aspects of ComEd's data conversion initiative which contained
4,900 electricity primary feeders (circuits).
MIT, Inc. initiated, managed and supported large-scale
manual (230 plus personnel) data cleanup and conflation
operations on ComEd's electric GIS data. The cleanup operations
included back office and field inspection personnel, as well as
a team dedicated to the Quality Assurance of third-party
supplied electric and landbase data for the City of Chicago .
Support work preformed for the project included development of
conversion applications, including QA/QC and resource
management applications, and the posting of over twenty
thousand work orders.