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Major Norwegian electric distribution companies stake on common NIS

Viken Energinett, the largest supplier of electric power and district heating in Norway, and Østnett have chosen their future network information system (NIS). After an extensive evaluation, the two companies selected the geographic NIS from Geodata AS, the Norwegian ESRI distributor. The system delivered by Geodata includes a number of applications from advanced planning tools to simple insight solutions. The solution is built on ESRI’s ArcGIS platform and includes ArcFM and Designer from Miner & Miner, NG SPATIAL schematics from Netgraph, and Geodata’s own applications for the Norwegian utility market. The system constitutes a complete NIS for the utilities’ electric network as well as their district heating network. Geographic NIS was initially developed in collaboration with the utilities of Lyse Energi, Bergenhalvoens Kommunale Kraftselskap AS, and Energiselskapet Asker og Bærum. The contract is significant since the solution will be executed in connection with energy delivery to nearly 800,000 customers in Oslo and several other major cities in Norway. The contract is worth more than $2.2 million and includes software, training, data conversion, and integration with other data systems