US: Esri and Safe Software have come together to develop and openly share a Common Information Model (CIM) template for data exchange. The template supposedly demonstrates one approach to translating network data from an Esri ArcGIS database into CIM XML format. The XML can then be shared with other enterprise systems.
According to Bill Meehan, Director of utility solutions, Esri, the power behind a CIM is to provide a common language to share messaging among an electric utility’s information systems. A CIM is based on the International Electrotechnical Technical Commission (IEC) family of standards, IEC 61970. The Esri-Safe Software model also promotes faster decision making internally when data can be moved quickly from GIS technology—the system of record for network data at many utilities—to destination enterprise systems, such as DMS, AMI, SCADA, OMS, and WMS.