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The Power Commission of the City of Saint John chooses GIS by ESRI

The Power Commission of the City of Saint John (Saint John Energy), Saint John, New Brunswick (NB), has selected ESRI’s ArcGIS software as their enterprise geographic information system (GIS), and ESRI Canada to implement and support the GIS. The GIS is a part of Saint John Energy’s overall Integrated Enterprise Application which also includes: Management Information System (MIS) and a Customer Information System (CIS).

Saint John Energy is a municipal electric utility that has been serving the City since 1922. The focus of the utility has been the efficient delivery of electricity to local consumers. As a non-generating utility, its primary responsibility is the distribution of electricity and customer service for approximately 35,000 customers.

The Saint John Energy Commission chose ESRI’s ArcGIS platform consisting of ArcInfo, ArcSDE, and ArcView. They also selected Miner & Miner’s Enterprise ArcFM, Designer, and DistOps. Saint John Energy is faced with issues such as restructuring and the imminent introduction of natural gas to the New Brunswick marketplace. Increased competition means more focus on customer retention, finding new sources of revenue, and maintaining competitive rates for the customer.

ArcSDE and the geo-database provide a centralized mechanism for managing geographic information in a relational database management system (RDBMS). ArcSDE enables multi-user access and editing of the enterprise GIS database. It also provides tools for managing versions of the data for “what-if” scenario modelling, and tracking historical changes to the database over time.

This contract will fulfill Saint John Energy’s goal of establishing a corporate GIS software platform. ESRI Canada will also support Saint John Energy with the installation and implementation of the ArcGIS suite of tools.