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Enterprise GIS for effective information management in energy corporation

To cope with its expanding business scale and ever-increasing informatisation, ENN Energy, a flagship division of ENN Group, a global clean energy provider and one of China’s largest private companies, turned to GIS for a comprehensive energy operation and dispatching platform.

Since its founding in 1989, ENN’s mission has been to create innovative ways of producing and using cleaner energy. ENN’s cleaner energy solutions provide clients with innovative ways of meeting emission targets that can both cut cost and protect the environment. As of June 2011, ENN employed more than 27,000 people and had total assets of more than RMB 40 billion. It operates more than 100 subsidiaries around the world, and in more than 100 cities throughout China.

Early in 2000, ENN Energy has introduced GIS into its information management and created GIS pipeline network management system; SCADA remote control and telemetry system; and GPS inspection system. However, as ENN Energyextends its business scale and informatisation goes increasingly deeper, limited information sharing among existing information systems does notserve the requirement of business and customers. In this case, ENN Energy desperately needs a professional platform to act as the information centre and command centre, so as to facilitate better information sharing and management in the corporation.

JIAN Jie, Deputy Chief Engineer of ENN Energy, had cited an example to better illustrate the importance of a comprehensive dispatching system. He said,when there was a pipe burst in the gas pipeline, the information can be detected by the customer service support, the inspector or the SCADA monitoring system. Then the captured information will be reported to network management department and be well dealt with, thus fixing up the pipe burst. The information gap among GIS, SCADA and inspection system, when confronted with gas shortage or other severe emergencies, may cause serious and negative effect owing to miscommunication among these systems. Therefore, an enterprise-level dispatching system becomes essential for ENN Energy. It can break through the information sharing barrier among different departments and better utilize the shared information within the corporation.

Enterprise-level GIS Solution
In 2011, ENN Energy established its own national dispatching centre. It has simplified work procedure and integrated different and separate systems, so as to realize information sharing. It was discovered that all their businesses were location-based. ENN Energy decided to build a comprehensive operation and dispatching platform with GIS at its core.

Considering the situation of ENN Energy, Zondy Cyber consultants had put forward four steps of enterprise-level GIS application.They are network database creation; network data application; enterprise-level data integration with GIS as the core; and enterprise information integration on the basis of a comprehensive dispatching platform.

Four Steps of Enterprise-level GIS Application

Following the four-step strategy, ENN Energy started to build its operation and dispatching system. Zondy Cyber Group established MapGIS project team to conduct demand analysis with marketing consultancy. Based on ENN Energy data centre, the dispatching system integrates information from GIS, SCADA, inspection system and other business systems, and then unifies them into extensive applications. The dispatching platform has made great contribution to the effective enterprise management and unified internal information dispatching.

Interface of ENN Energy Integrated Operation and Dispatching System (1)

Interface of ENN ENERGY Integrated Operation and Dispatching System (2)

State-of-the-art Technology
MapGIS IGSS is a well-designed solution, based on GIS service sharing platform. It supports virtual, large-scale hardware infrastructure, efficient service sharing software platform that is cross-platform and highly scalable, facilitating its integration with enterprise systems such as ERP, CRM, OA, BI, etc. It creates massive geographic information data, service and resource management, and service system framework, providing multi-level application services and solutions according to the clusters concept.