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Enterprise GIS Transforms PUD; Project Includes Workforce, Asset and Web Solutions

Enterprise GIS for Douglas County PUD

Washington PUD Increases Efficiency Across Departments with Modern, Enterprise GIS

Status: Completed


Enterprise GIS for Douglas County PUDThe NeedWashington PUD needed modern enterprise GIS, work management system, and related systems as well as integrations and customizations to propel the 80-year-old organization into era of enterprise-wide efficiency.


The background: Douglas County PUD provides power to north central Washington state. The not-for-profit PUD generates power from the Wells Dam with a peak capacity of 840 megawatts. The PUD also owns and operates a high-speed fiber-optic broadband Internet network that allows rural customers to connect to broadband. 

PUD Seeks Greater Efficiencies than Legacy GIS and Work Management System Provided

Douglas County PUD had an outdated legacy GIS and work management system for its electric and telecommunications networks.  The PUD wanted to adopt industry-leading GIS to reap greater application capabilities along with a highly configurable work management solution. They sought an array of systems modernizations — including deploying Esri ArcGIS, SSP Workforce Management, and a variety of related systems and integrations — to bring efficiencies to every aspect of their organization. 

Why SSP for Enterprise Systems Overhaul?

SSP responded to Douglas County’s RFP and, after demonstrating solutions on site, won the bid. 

SSP’s deep domain knowledge of ArcGIS and ArcFM™ provided a strong foundation for the GIS deployment as well as best practices in integrating and customizing related systems. 

In addition, SSP offered a GIS-integrated, utility-specific and highly configurable workforce management solution, WFM

Results of the Overhaul 

Douglas County PUD is now fully set up on with the ArcGIS suite as well as SSP Workforce Management

The full list of systems and projects deployed, integrated and enabled includes: 

Deployments: 
  • Esri ArcGIS SDE + Desktop
  • ArcFM™ for Electric 
  • ArcFM™ for Water 
  • Fiber Manager™ (telecom) 
  • SSP Workforce Management
  • SSP Transformer Manager (cyclical asset management)
  • Designer™ (graphic work design) 
  • ArcFM™ Viewer for ArcGIS Engine (mobile/field GIS) 
Full Migrations: 
  • GIS Data
  • Work Order Data
  • Compatible Units Data
Customizations: 
  • Photo Manager (GIS viewer for photos, diagrams)
  • Pole Manager (links to advanced pole attributes)
  • Unitization (plant accounting within work management)
  • Custom Reports
Integrations: 
  • GIS-CIS (NorthStar) 
  • GIS-GL (Synergi Electric (SynerGEE Electric)) 
  • GIS-Pole Test/GPS 
  • WFM-CIS (NorthStar) 
  • WFM-AMMPS (homegrown material management) 

Departments throughout the PUD are using the new systems, including customer service, engineering, field operations, finance, billing and others. The PUD has reduced data entry, increased data quality, accelerated daily workflows, and added efficiencies and new tools to each department. 

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