Jemena, Victoria Australia

Jemena gains valuable business intelligence by unifying and querying existing data sources in one single map-based view.

Business Challenge
Jemena is one of the five licensed electricity distribution networks in Victoria and a major transmitter and distributor of gas on the eastern seaboard. Jemena recognised that it had considerable business intelligence embedded in existing systems (including its Geographic Information System (GIS) and its SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system), which could be better leveraged if displayed spatially in a single view. However, Jemena also recognised that it needed some advice on how to proceed.

With a strong track record in deploying enterprise level solutions and services, Geomatic Technologies (GT) was engaged to undertake a consultancy to determine the requirements and scope of a proof of concept for a web-based mapping solution. From this consultancy it was determined that Jemena’s requirements could be met with a GT Loca View solution incorporating the IDV Solutions Visual Fusion technology.

Subsequently, GT was engaged to deliver a proof of concept solution using real business data to demonstrate the functionality and flexibility of an integrated spatial visualisation solution in quickly answering business questions identified during the consulting engagement.

Solution Overview
The proof of concept solution was created by taking an extract of spatial and a-spatial data from various Jemena systems and storing this data in a GT Loca hosted relational database. The GT Loca View solution was designed, configured and hosted by GT. The solution was also connected to external data feeds including high-resolution aerial imagery and live weather updates to support the full solution.

Moreover, the spatial visualisation solution built for Jemena was set-up to include user adjustable query parameters.

Through a series of time sliders, drop down menus and check boxes, users could quickly answer business questions such as ‘Where are all the substations built after 1990 that are overloaded by more than 150%?’ or ‘Where were all the outages caused by weather that lasted more than 30 minutes on the 12th of February 2012?’. Queries were generally left quite open, to allow users full flexibility to theme their user-interface depending on their specific requirements.

Outcomes
The spatial visualisation proof of concept at Jemena provided the following outcomes:

  • Jemena engineers could now identify previously unknown spatial patterns in data by visualising and querying this data in a spatial context.
  • Displaying data in a single view made it easier to determine the accuracy and completeness of data from source systems.
  • For the first time external data feeds could be viewed in combination with Jemena’s own data providing greater business insight.