Idaho Power Company, a leading investor-owned electric utility based in Boise, Idaho, with more than 400,000 residential and business customers, has completed its ArcGIS/ArcFM implementation. The utility is currently servicing a territory of 22,000 square miles with nearly 5,000 miles of transmission lines and 20,000 miles of distribution lines. Over the past eight months, Idaho Power with the assistance of POWER Engineers, Inc., the utility’s geographic information system (GIS) consultant, has completed the migration of their facility data from ArcInfo 7.2 into ESRI’s new object-oriented ArcGIS platform.
Previously, Idaho Power had utilized TELLUS, an ArcGIS-based software, which uses Oracle as its database. Idaho Power’s new open solution includes Oracle and ArcSDE as tools to organize and manage the migrated data set. The utility also wanted to be able to migrate some aspects of the TELLUS model. Thus, POWER recommended Miner & Miner’s ArcFM 8.1. Currently, approximately 20 Idaho Power employees are using ArcFM, and many others are using the Intranet capabilities of ArcIMS.
Throughout the implementation, POWER has been providing project management, geodatabase design and creation, data migration, custom interface programming, employee training, and system configuration services. POWER completed the development of the new data model and the migration of the utility’s facility data into ArcFM. Rollout is now underway. Idaho Power’s personnel are now saving time and money while obtaining more powerful and accurate information about their facilities and customers.
Idaho Power implemented a custom ArcIMS Web application, complete with custom data entry pages, to link every customer’s meter number to a transformer in the Oracle geodatabase. This application will be available to all Idaho Power support staff via their Intranet and will track all residential and business customers within Idaho Power’s service territory.