Autodesk has announced the success of an extensive pilot scheme to share vital infrastructure information and spatial data throughout Thames Water. Autodesk, with partners Oracle, Crowder and Ordnance Survey, have introduced significant efficiencies for Thames Water by unlocking spatial information held in proprietary GIS, making the data pervasive throughout the enterprise. The partnership enables Thames Water to create, manage and share vital information about water infrastructure across departments, so the utility can save costs and fund other service enhancements. Thames Water, based in London, serves customers in 20 countries, as part of the RWE Group, a global provider of energy, gas, water and recycling products and services.
Previously, the utility maintained aging departmental systems and various proprietary technologies that were costly to maintain and run. To share information inside the organization, data had to be copied, translated and loaded to various file formats and databases, a time-consuming manual process that risked data entry errors. Thames Water tasked its main IT partners including Autodesk with developing a solution that would streamline the use of geospatial data among departments.