Water firm splashes out on GIS for improved analytics

Veolia Water UK has signed a deal with geographic information systems specialists ESRI for a web-based hub of geographic intelligence to improve analysis of its operations and compliance with regulations.

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Veolia Water UK has signed a deal with geographic information systems specialists ESRI for a web-based hub of geographic intelligence to improve analysis of its operations and compliance with regulations.

The water giant, which runs Three Valleys Water, Folkestone and Dover Water Services, and Tendring Hundred Water Services, said using GIS would also improve its asset management and customer service functions.

Veolia plans to use ESRI’s ArcGIS technolgy to support activities including emergency planning and water supply planning for new housing development schemes. It should also enable better identification of candidates for mains replacement and prioritisation.

Ted Volpe, Veolia Water UK’s IT operational asset systems manager, said: “The new corporate GIS system will help us to use a powerful browser solution for most users, better fit our field and design staff into the data maintenance process, meet critical business needs we couldn’t before, and build an open centralised database that we can readily integrate with our other corporate systems.”

The hub is planned to go live in the summer of 2008.

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