Tuesday, September 20, 2011

PA Consulting Group and Ubisense Transform Operations at a Major US Utility

PA Consulting Group announced that it is working with Ubisense to deliver a comprehensive operational support system for a US electric and gas utility serving more than one million customers.

The companies are working together to implement GE’s geospatial product suite to support electric and gas operations. The products, including GE Smallworld Core Spatial Technology, GE Smallworld Electric Office, GE Gas Distribution Office and PowerOn, will be rolled out incrementally over a 14-month period. The solutions are targeted to support more than 1,000 employees and external contractors and will enable the utility to improve safety, service and reliability across its 6,000 square-mile service area.

PA Consulting is serving as program manager for this extensive set of projects and will be responsible for ensuring that the projects are delivered on-time, within budget and fully achieve the utility’s objectives. Ubisense is serving as technical lead for the program and is responsible for product implementation, integration and training.

Ross Smith, PA Consulting’s Program Executive for this effort and co-author of GE’s Geospatial Network Inventory ROI Handbook commented, “Implementing a project of this size is a significant undertaking that requires careful oversight and change management. We will be replacing systems and processes that have been in use at the utility for decades. We understand how to manage change of this magnitude and will ensure a smooth transition to greater IT-enabled and streamlined operations.”

“We are already seeing the impact this solution will make on this utility’s operations. The solutions we are implementing are the best fit for this customer and our team has the right experience to ensure the customer fully benefits from this powerful technology,” said Dave Harris, Ubisense Vice President and General Manager and principal-in-charge for the project.

PA Consulting and Ubisense have successfully worked together to deliver a similar solution for a major cable operator. The companies form a strong team, bringing deep technical, sector and management expertise to their customers.

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