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Geneva's Electric Division to get $90K geographic information system upgrade

GENEVA – Aldermen unanimously recommended approval of a $90,000 geographic information system that will integrate the city’s electric division’s current mapping system into a single product.

Acting as the Committee of the Whole, aldermen voted Nov. 27 to award the project to Milsoft Utility Solutions of Abilene, Texas, the lowest of three bidders, records show.

The City Council will take final action.

The project fulfills a portion of the city’s strategic plan to fund and install technology necessary to insure quality operations and upgrades, records show.

Currently, the city’s electric division uses printed paper maps for its daily operations, planning and outage restoration, according to a memo from Superintendent of Electrical Services Hal Wright.

The map books are updated every six months, Wright’s memo stated.

Staff is seeking more than what the current mapping system can provide in the areas of engineering analysis, work and outage management, mobile solutions, system planning and real time operations, Wright’s memo stated.

The electric division budgeted for a three-year implementation of the new geographic information system, Wright’s memo stated.

The new geographic information system would integrate with the city’s other information systems. These include the electric utility’s supervisory control and data acquisition system; mapping and spatial data analytics technology; and the finance division’s customer information system, Wright’s memo stated.

Future capabilities for an outage management system and energy analysis were also included in the city’s specifications for Milsoft, documents show.

The city’s electric division has approximately 11,000 meters and nine distribution substations with 35 feeders that transfer power to distribution transformers, according to information the city provided to bidders.

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