GE's Smallworld™ Electric Office is a software application suite that provides geospatial asset management for utilities to support electric network planning, design and analysis, maintenance and operations.
Support for simple configuration and minor extensions rather than expensive customizations
One enterprise-wide accurate view of the electric network eliminating asset data inconsistencies
Single solution providing the ability to document, plan, design, analyze, build and maintain the electric network
Reduce interface cost and complexity
Reduce installation, operation and upgrade costs (20-40% GIS Opex)
Reduce expensive and risky software customization (50-70% GIS Capex)
Electric Industry Coverage
Smallworld Electric Office is a suite of data models, applications and integrations to other key electric industry products. Smallworld Electric Office effectively lowers the cost of ownership for utilities by significantly reducing the need to customize or maintain a complex collection of applications and interfaces. Moreover, regularly scheduled product and related component releases are straight forward, reduced in complexity and designed to protect your configurations and extensions investments allowing companies to plan for and successfully incorporate upgrades in order to take advantage of future product enhancements.
Electric Office Overview
Standard Global Data Models
The Standard Global Data models supply a robust foundation for constructing and maintaining electric, transmission and distribution networks. These data models have been developed in conjunction with industry experts and provide a support base for the Smallworld Electric Office solution, providing the required network connectivity, asset attribution, lifecycle status, and symbol definitions. Anticipating the need for utilities to manage unique combinations of facilities, the Smallworld Electric Office data models can be extended according to documented procedures.
Generalized Approach: Modeling the generic properties of equipment and providing support for customers to quickly and easily extend the model to cover the specifics of their network.
Network Types: Object geometries are mapped by a network type, enabling visualization and connectivity management.
Objects in Multiple Contexts: Objects can be placed anywhere in the network, in different contexts. For example, equipment can be placed in the geographic world or in the internal world of an electric distribution substation.
Common Office Suite Components
At the core of every Smallworld Office Suite product is a common layer of productivity applications providing immediate benefits for users, with functionality including:
Configurable network tracing
Audit and event history tools
Enhanced mapping template tools
Data editing and CAD tools for mapping, designing, and network updates
Query, reporting, thematic mapping, printing and plotting tools
Following their organizational structure and business processes, utility companies need configurable tools to manage their internal approval processes for typical transmission and distribution operations such as repair, replacement, relocation or data updates. The built-in Workflow Manager allows Electric Office customers to configure and manage their internal workflow and approval processes, minimizing administrative burden and violation of internal workflow rules.
Smallworld Electric Office supports a wider range of data implementations, from generalized to extreme detail. The Standard Generalized Global data model is an all-new implementation encompassing regional legacy models and best practices. The Smallworld Electric Office data models support the business processes built around best-in-class systems and applications. Key data models concepts include:
Asset Specifications: Before, catalogs were used to control combinations of attribute values. This functionality was difficult to extend to manage manufacturer specifications.
Life Cycle Status Model: Electric Office allows defining a status for any equipment or facility. The status is a mandatory attribute for each asset and helps the application determine how the object is treated when the data is being displayed or used.
- Quality Management Tools
- Document links to objects through a multimedia viewer
- Enhanced map navigation and visibility tools
- Business rule manager to manage database triggers
- Batch update capability
- Annotation management tools
- Database extraction tools for importing and exporting network data
- Version management and conflict resolution tools
Electric Reporting Tools
Electric Office when used with GeoSpatial Analysis (GSA) provides reporting and visualization outputs that meet common customer requirements. Example of reports that can be created:
Regulatory Reporting: Generate electric distribution asset information required for the regulatory bodies or agencies.
Line Mileage or Distance Reports: Report on Distribution Line Mileage for electric distribution assets. The distribution line mileage report lists lengths of conductor by wire types, grouped by distribution line and optionally a polygon operating and defining the district and area. The report can be parameterized by distribution line and/or a combination of land boundaries.
Transformer Load Management reports: Electric Office also provides the underlying algorithms and sample reporting interfaces to supply Transformer Load Information to Office users.
Electric Update Tools – Enhanced UI
Electric Office provides a set of network update tools: rephase, reposition conductor and re-conductor. The GIS technician or engineer can use these tools to update assets in a logical manner and in accordance with electric connectivity rules to maintain network integrity and data integrity in a distribution circuit.
Electric Office also provides simplified UI’s for updating/adding and deleting of assets:
Clearly displays information about the assets and their phasing on an installation and supports the business operations for managing those assets.
Actions for creating/adding existing assets are configured on the dropdown menu for the installation.
Support Phase Operations: Phases can be changed through the phase tile or added to the asset.
Electric Query and Find Tools
Electric Office applications include new functionality for querying and finding information about objects. The Find tab allows the user to run preconfigured queries that are configured and made available by an administrator:
Markers are used to help identify where results are on the map.
For each result, an object tile displays a summary description of the object when collapsed and a detailed description when expanded.
“GOTO” action is now available for objects and entire circuits.
Optionally display the object in Google Maps™ as well.
Google Browser button: Provides the ability to open the current object in a browser with Google Maps.
Electric Office Visualization Tools - Circuit Management Functionality
Electric Office provides schematic and hierarchical views of the network, from any point on the network that is selected:
The schematic view can be launched from the Asset Viewer.
The schematic can be viewed with or without a map backdrop. As objects are selected, the map repositions itself and also launches the associated object editor.
Zoom into parts of the schematic.
Refine the view for just upstream connected devices.
Key Capabilities with other Smallworld Integrations
Smallworld Electric Office encompasses a complete solution including several layered products that are fully integrated:
Smallworld Design Manager
PowerOn Fusion (DMS) – Smallworld GIS Adapter
Smallworld Spatial Object Manager
Smallworld Business Integrator
Smallworld GeoSpatial Server
Smallworld Analysis and Optimization
Smallworld CYMDIST interface
Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis (GSA)
Smallworld Schematics Generator
Electric Office – Design Manager
Electric Office supports the pre-configuration of Design Manager to operate with minimum additional configurations.
Using workflow support and process control, it enforces standards, ensures accuracy and reliability.
Easy to use design layout tools with CAD-based precision placement features.
Robust analysis of alternative design scenarios.
Integrated solution using robust, scalable and secure services compliant with industry standard SOAs.
Fully Extensible Packages of widely used geospatial services including certified OGC WMS, WFS and WCS.
Design Layout Tool Examples: Templates that can be used to create more DLT’s.
Electric Office and PowerOn Restore
Electric Office and PowerOn Restore are pre-configured to operate with minimum additional configuration. This solution provides for:
The delivery of accurate electric network to OMS systems
Identifying changes in circuit data
Ensuring data quality and network model updates
Electric Office and ADMS
The Smallworld GIS adapter is a configurable standards based software application that provides utilities with an automated way of introducing the electric network to the DMS. Provides capability for:
Workflow driven as-built network udates, adds, and deletes – one way
Electric Office provides a pre-integrated solution for CYME, allowing for long term performance and network growth studies, capacitor placement and optimization of overall network performance.
Electric Office Web
Utilities have hundreds sometimes thousands of users that require access to critical network data. Providing a full desktop client to all those consumers of the data can be very expensive. Electric Office combined with SIAS provides a less expensive, robust query, view, print solution providing access to critical asset data across the enterprise.
Electric Office - Schematics
Electric utilities often require alternate or simplified views of the network to support other critical business processes for restoration, planning and design initiatives. Electric Office combined with Smallworld Schematics Generator provides this capability.
Electric Office - Call Before You Dig
Using GE’s Smallworld Desktop Viewer and Google Maps plugins, Call Before you Dig provides the ability to capture the location of excavation requests and manually evaluate those locations within the GIS.
Electric Office - Design Dashboard
Design Dashboard is a focused application for anyone in the organization who views and accesses Designs (e.g., network planners and design department managers) to assess the state of the planned network. Displays key analytics on projects and designs to support planning and monitoring of current status. Provides map visualization and other reporting capabilities.
Smallworld™ Analysis and Optimization
Commercially off-the shelf Power Flow Analysis solution for electric distribution utilities
The Analysis and Optimization application is pre-integrated with Smallworld Electric Office and invokes engineering and analysis calculations iteratively until a least-cost, best-engineered solution is derived.
"Design it Right in my GIS the first time"
Up to 10% savings in drafting and GIS update costs - due to the ability to design within the same system that holds the as-built network data. One solution versus multiple standalone applications.
Up to 20% reduction in planning time - through accurate and complete documentation of the asset network.
Helps designers of all skill levels adhere to utilities-defined engineering standards and guidelines.
Integration with design tools such as Smallworld Design Manager provides up to 15% productivity improvement in design - through more efficient, automated design validation and standards enforcement.
Optimization recommendations can result in 1-2% construction savings by choosing the right-sized devices and avoiding overbuilding the network.
Provides the information necessary to optimize the network completely within the design process.
Analysis & Optimization Overview
In the engineering phase of the asset management lifecycle, designers are being challenged to meet increasing demand for new services while reducing design and construction costs and improving reliability of the as-built facilities. As a result, network analysis and optimization tools are critical for utilities to achieve the required least-cost, best engineered design solution. Unfortunately, network analysis tools are generally expensive, complex, standalone applications that are not well integrated into the design environment.
With Smallworld A&O, state of the art power system analysis algorithms are imbedded as "engines" in Smallworld Core Spatial Technology (CST), providing analysis and optimization tools to any organization managing electric networks in the Smallworld application. Smallworld A&O is particularly well suited to support the plan/design/build phase of the asset management lifecycle, providing users with the benefits of advanced analysis algorithms without having to be experts in the field.
With Smallworld A&O, analysis results and optimization recommendations can be seamlessly integrated with the design workflow, providing easy access to designers of any skill level. Sample integrations are available for Smallworld Design Manager and Smallworld Electric Office products, providing a completely integrated system for design analysis and optimization. For example, optimization recommendations can automatically update or replace proposed devices in the GIS, allowing analyses to be rerun immediately while ensuring that engineering standards are met. Optimization results can also be integrated with the secondary design approval process so that only designs that meet the optimization criteria will be considered for approval.
Smallworld GIS Adapter
Lower cost of ownership with up to 30% reduction in integration costs among the GIS, DMS and OMS.
One enterprise-wide accurate view of the electric network, eliminating asset data inconsistencies and providing up to 50% reduction in data synchronization errors among the nominal GIS, operational DMS and OMS systems.
Current and accurate view of the network providing up to 10% reduction in customer outage time.
Adherence to IEC CIM Data Exchange Standards.
Smallworld Electric Office with the GIS Adapter provides an automated ability to introduce the network to outage management and maintenance systems using industry standard business workflows and IEC CIM v15 data standards. It ensures data accuracy across the construction and operations businesses, provides consistency in results and effective business process, provides functionality to a broader working group, and increases customer satisfaction scores through reductions in outage area & time to restoration and notification of planned outages.
Smallworld Electric Office and Smallworld Electric GIS’s hold the accurate up-to-date as-built information to operate, plan, build and maintain the assets on an electric network that are necessary to support and provide reliable electric service.
Key Product Features and Functions
Provides workflow-driven reliable data synchronization and accuracy between nominal and operation systems.
Provides an IEC CIM v15 standards-based configurable and easily extendable integration between GE systems.
Provides configurability to any Smallworld data model.
Provides configurable integration from Smallworld Electric GIS models to other Non-GE OMS and DMS applications.
Provides network submission tracking.
Provides administration tools and user interfaces.
Supports configurations for any IEC CIM model and profile.
Supports configurable output format, with out of the box output to RDF XML and GML.
Provides configurable output of distribution (MV) only or distribution/secondary (MV/LV) networks.