Texas, USA, 18 July 2006: GE Energy has supplied Sabesp – Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de Sâo Paulo (Sabesp) of Sao Paulo, Brazil with its Smallworld geospatial technology. This technology forms the core of the SIGNOS integrated water management system, improving water delivery to households and response time to service outages. Sabesp is the largest water and wastewater company in Latin America.
The new GIS application has allowed Sabesp to standardize network information graphically. The installation of the system has also permitted data integration and integrated analysis, which has led to broader access and more uniform data consistency for the entire company.
“Our Smallworld platform enables Sabesp to develop plans accordingly based on the available parcel data and allows them to locate leakages and higher pressures in the network rapidly,” said Dan Heintzelman, president of energy services for GE Energy.
“We expect that by implementing these programs we can realize a complete return on our investment in less than three years,” said Silvana Franco, GIS manager at Sabesp. The Sabesp implementation covers 34 cities and approximately 20 million people as well as a 28,000-kilometer water network, a 20,000-kilometer wastewater network in a 1,600 square kilometer urban area.
Edinfor, a Logica CMG company, implemented the project. Since the implementation of the SIGNOS system, a number of benefits have been realized. Calculation time and data analysis time have been decreased. Automated thematic maps, which can identify features like water pipelines, are also being generated, defined and executed monthly by system end-users. They also allow business results to be checked and compared periodically.
Recently, the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) presented Sabesp with an Excellence Award at its 2006 conference, recognizing the implementation of the SIGNOS geographic information system (GIS).