Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), a leading community-owned service provider has selected CGI Group Inc., (CGI) (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB;), a global leader in information technology (IT) and business process services, to deliver an integrated Outage Management Solution (OMS), geographic information system (GIS) and electronic staking application. As part of this agreement, CGI will assume responsibility of the project's implementation to allow SMECO to efficiently monitor and control distribution operations while providing a superior vehicle to manage its service restoration.
CGI has partnered with leading utility solution providers to ensure that SMECO obtains state-of-the-art and field proven solutions along with expert and varied resources to ensure a successful implementation. The integrated turnkey solution includes the system integration of CGI's PragmaLINE OMS, Miner & Miner's ESRI-based enterprise solution of ArcFM, Designer, Network Adapter and Conduit Manager and MESA Solutions' legacy GIS data migration and systems integration expertise.
"This is a major step forward for SMECO in providing the best customer service possible," said Kenneth Capps, Vice President of Engineering & Operations. "We realize accurate data is critical to the success of these systems and the CGI team brings this expertise as well as the vision of a complete real-time solution to yield important business and operational benefits for SMECO."
François Ouzilleau, CGI's Utility Solutions Vice President of Business Development & Consulting Services added: "We are pleased to welcome SMECO as a new client. Our goal is to work together with our partners to streamline SMECO's operations ultimately resulting in improved system reliability, controlled costs, and shortened duration of restoration efforts."
Jeff Meyers, President of Miner & Miner said: "The ArcFM Enterprise Solution allows SMECO to leverage industry-leading ESRI GIS functionality to bring significant business benefits to their organization."
"ESRI is very pleased to be part of the CGI team at SMECO," states Bill Meehan, ESRI Director of Utility Solutions. "The SMECO enterprise GIS deployment complements CGI's PragmaLINE outage management solution and is representative of the growing trend in rural electric cooperatives towards improved operational efficiency and customer service through the use of spatial technology."
Mark Varenhorst, Vice President of MESA Solutions highlighted: "This partnership enables us to join forces with industry leaders to take SMECO swiftly through the complex legacy GIS migration, integration, and validation processes."
SMECO's turnkey solution will also integrate to other operations applications, including a work management system (WMIS) from LogicaCMG to support design initiation, closing and job status updates, SynerGEE's application from Advantica to support engineering analysis of the GIS network and Severn Trent Systems CIS/OV for initial and incremental load of customer data.
SMECO is a member-owned electric cooperative serving more than 130,000 customers in four Southern Maryland counties. The Co-op has provided power to residential, commercial, and industrial customers for more than 60 years and remains one of the ten largest electric cooperatives in the nation.
Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in North America. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in India and Canada. CGI's annualized revenue run rate is currently CDN$3.8 billion (US$2.8 billion) and at March 31, 2004, CGI's order backlog was CDN$12.0 billion (US$9.1 billion). CGI's shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com/en/utilities.
About Miner & Miner
Miner & Miner (M&M) is a leader in the development and implementation of GIS software for utilities. Founded in 1946 as a full-service electrical engineering firm, M&M has been a business partner of ESRI since 1987. This partnership has enabled M&M to become the world's leading developer of ArcGIS applications for the utility industry.
Founded in 1969, ESRI is the world leader in the GIS software industry. ESRI offers innovative solutions that help users create, manage, analyze, and display information to make timely decisions and solve problems they encounter every day. ESRI's comprehensive product line ranges from desktop GIS to GIS for the enterprise.
About MESA Solutions
MESA Solutions provides geospatial network management consulting, systems integration, and products to the communications, utilities, transportation, and public sector markets. Headquartered in Huntsville, AL, MESA Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telcordia Technologies, an SAIC company.
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