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epcor power edti
EPCOR's power distribution business distributes power to customers within its distribution franchise service territory comprising the City of Edmonton. EPCOR’s power transmission business owns and operates high voltage substations and high voltage transmission lines and cables that are primarily situated within the City of Edmonton and form part of the Alberta provincial power grid.EPCOR Power (EDTI)
epcor gis background
Started in 1979

Complete initial conversion in 1985

Accurate base map controlled by the Government

GIS files shared between the utilities and city departments (GeoEdmonton partners)

EPCOR Power (EDTI) maintained their GIS data using MicroStation GeoGraphics with Oracle Spatial as the datastore

GeoEdmonton received the 2004 GITA Innovation award

EPCOR GIS Background
support for geospatial data
GeoEdmonton files (1800 tiled MicroStation files per utiltity

Consultants drawings (AutoCAD and MicroStation)

Trimble GPS data

GeoEdmonton MicroStation tile production

Raster format (GeoTiff, MrSid, etc)

Support for GeoSpatial data
business goals
The new GIS solution provides a single source of data and a consolidated record system enabling more timely and accurate updating of EDTI’s mapping and drawing records for all areas within EDTI.

The solution will provide the initial foundation for the SmartGrid program initiatives.

Work packages are issued more timely and in a consistent standard across the BU.

Users have greater visibility on existing and proposed projects.

The as-built recording timelines are greatly reduced.

Provide accounting functions for asset retirement tracking.

Business users are able to use the new solution to create and update engineering designs.

The new solution is more efficient than the current technology and manual processes.

Business goals
customer land services and engineering services
Automate capital project design, project estimation and material requirements.

Automated issuance and approval of work orders.

Automate the Job Hazard Assessment (JHA) design drawing document process.

Customer & Land Services and Engineering Services:
system planning
Integration of GIS and SynerGEE to create models showing current flows populated by system data.

Provide planners an opportunity to analyze and optimize system flows to reduce line losses, optimize equipment loading and prevent damage from overloading.

System Planning
field operations including underground and aerial
Provide the ability to query for asset attributes

Identify facility locations

Gathering utility information on rights of way, circuits, lines and owners.

Provide ability to “red-line” in the field.

Provide electrical circuit tracing capabilities in a mobile tool.

Automate the update of circuit prints.

Provide precursor for an Outage Management System which will identify outage locations and automatically helps develop system restoration plans.

Field Operations including underground and aerial
asset management including inspection
Increased effectiveness of planning EDTI’s capital improvement.

Ability to perform life cycle maintenance, monitoring and repair of assets on an operational basis.

Provide improved inspection processes.

Provide visibility of maintenance and repair work requirements.

Asset Management including Inspection
The project has been structured in two phases:

The first phase encompasses detailed requirements analysis and detailed plans for implementation, data preparation and data conversion.

The vendors were required to provide a firm fixed price bid for the first phase of the project along with an estimate for the second phase.

At the end of phase one, the vendor was expected to confirm a fixed price for the second phase.

EPCOR reserved the right to go to market for the second phase.

The second phase covered the full scope of the project implementation.

expected future state
The project goal was to establish a connected GIS consisting of a connected electrical model, an integrated suite of GIS and engineering tools and an industry standard data model with a comprehensive asset schema.

In particular, immediately following deployment of the connected GIS, EDTI expects to select and deploy an Outage Management System (OMS) and Distribution Management System (DMS).

In addition, EDTI is currently planning the deployment of other Smart Grid initiatives such as Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

These projects require a foundation of a connected GIS.

Expected Future State
rfp process
With IT and business input, a comprehensive RFP document was created by the EPCOR Supply Chain Management department. The document contained detailed sections for the following areas:


Current State As-Is Context

Current System Overview

Current GIS Deficiencies

Data Preparation and Data Conversion Requirements

Expected Future State at Project Completion

High Level Business Requirements

Functional Requirements

Non-Functional Requirements

Vendor and Operational Support Questionnaire

RFP Process
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Response Template – Requirements

Software Product Description Template

Future Requirements Evaluation

GIS Database Questionnaire

Response Template – Pricing (CDN$)

EPCOR Technology Architecture Standards

Response Template – Hardware Costing (CDN$)

EPCOR Password Standards

EPCOR Security Event Standards

RFP Process
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This RFP document was forwarded to 6 potential GIS vendors. A response template with detailed instructions and expectations was provided to the candidates. Some of the vendors had questions and to provide a consistent approach all questions and answers were handled by the same person in the EPCOR supply chain department.

The EPCOR IT department reviewed all the RFP responses and recommended to the EDTI company to invite 3 vendors for on-site demonstrations. The other 3 vendors were notified by Supply Chain that they were not successful.

RFP Process
on site demonstration
All three vendors were provided with the full EPCOR EDTI dataset on a memory stick upon signing a non-disclosure agreement.

The vendor was limited to the number of people they could bring to the onsite demonstration and at least 5 people involved with the project had to attend. EPCOR provided the vendor with a Power Point template.

The on-site demonstration consisted of a one day demonstration for the business unit users using the vendor’s software and EPCOR’s data and a half day meeting with the EPCOR project team.

On-site demonstration
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Four circuits were identified for the vendor to prepare and use with their proposed software solution.

A demonstration script was provided to the vendor weeks prior to the demonstration. This detailed script created a level playing field and made it easier for the business users to rank the vendors.

To prevent the creation of a canned demonstration the vendors were advised that minor changes would be made to the script on the day of the demo.

The successful vendor was selected based on the ranking by the business users.

On-site demonstration


epcor lessons learned
Limit the amount of advertising vendors can include in the RFP response.

Have an in-person meeting with all vendors prior to the on-site demonstration.

Allow more time for vendors to prepare their on-site demonstrations. Some took short cuts.

Provide EPCOR server and client hardware for the on-site demonstration and have EPCOR personnel watch the installation of the software.

EPCOR Lessons learned
suggestions for vendors
Use utility industry expert for demonstrators. The EPCOR business users were asking field type questions.

Stick to the demo script if one is provided.

State you limitation prior to demonstration.

Bring more experts and less sales people.

Avoid making negative comments about your competitors.

Don’t ask the client about the competition.

Have somebody proof read your RFP response. In one of the responses the answers to the questions were one row lower. (cut & paste errors)

Don’t bad mouth a particular customer’s technical requirement.

Suggestions for vendors
Creating a structured RFP process was the fairest and the most efficient way to select the GIS vendor for the new GIS for EPCOR EDTI.Conclusion