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Smallworld water office
Global commercial off-the-shelf water supply & drainage integrated solution
GE's Smallworld™ Water Office solution provides global data models and a suite of integrated applications that are fundamental to geospatial management of a full network. Smallworld Water Office forms part of GE’s integrated and customizable suite of Smallworld geospatial applications that supports utility companies with the operations, maintenance, and reporting tools for their Water Supply and Drainage network assets.
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Key Benefits

Shortens the design phase up to 80% reducing installation and administration costs

Minimizes expensive customization

Maximizes benefit of GIS data investment

Drives productivity and standardization

Increases efficiency and reduces reporting time

Supports processes from the office to the field

Integrates into other enterprise systems

Lowers total cost of ownership by minimizing integration

Simplifies Smallworld application upgrades

Complies with international industry standards

Provides a geospatial platform for Smart Grid strategies

New Business Support in Release 4.3

New Irrigation Data Model
Water management in the agricultural sector is very important in many countries due to its large share of total water use. Open irrigation is one of the most important aspects for efficient and sustainable agricultural production. Smallworld Water Office now includes Irrigation network documentation which allows significant savings in costs and is an effective way to control quality.
Asset Life Cycle Management
The utilities industry is asset intensive, so the cost of running and maintaining the network is significant. Smallworld Water Office now supports the concept of functional locations. This separation between role (installation) and device (asset) allows assets to be replaced (i.e., for maintenance purposes at the installation) without altering the network. You can track your installation sites and assets with full history.
Organizational & Terrain Management
Different kinds of organizational boundaries such as service and crew areas are managed by water companies and impact the network operations. Other land data like recreational information, land use and sensitive areas are important for public health, and security of these sites is of growing importance. All of this information has spatial characteristics that can now be stored and maintained in Water Office.
Time Series & Diagrams Enhancements
Water Office Time Series and Diagrams capabilities are now extended to manage not only analog data but also history of changes like pump running time that can drive more efficient asset management. Limiting shortfall and diagrams with relative time span (i.e., displaying the last 24 hours of data) will also help you to better understand the network behavior.
GeoPicture Enhancement
GeoPictures now support metadata such as date of shoot and GPS coordinates that can be stored in the Water Office database to drive automatic position, annotation and direction of the GeoPicture on the map. This is also used by the new GeoPicture mass import to automatically associate photos with the corresponding asset based on configurable rules such as proximity and naming conventions.
Enhanced Specification Management
New flags have been introduced to allow better management and filtering of specifications and to be fully aligned with Electric Office. The Specifications Selector has been re-designed to enhance usability by using a more appropriate horizontal layout, allowing automatic filtering and maintenance of specifications within the same dialog.
Pre-integration with Smallworld Enterprise Gateway
Oracle Spatial is playing a central role in the IT environment and is used to support business reporting in many utilities. Water Office provides an example of Smallworld Enterprise Gateway pre-configuration for data mapping and synchronization with Oracle Spatial enabling almost immediate productivity. Smallworld Enterprise Gateway license must be purchased separately.
Standard Upgrade Path for NRM Customers
Smallworld Network Resource Manager (NRM) is a utility product suite developed by GE and Mettenmeier that is being used by many utility customers, mainly in German speaking countries. Water Office is shipped with Core Upgrade Framework implementers to upgrade NRM-Water and NRW-Waste Water databases into Water Office at minimal cost.
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Smallworld Water Office is a suite of data models, applications, and integration products. Smallworld Water Office effectively lowers the cost of ownership for any utility by eliminating the need to develop, test, and maintain a complex collection of applications and interfaces. Moreover, regularly scheduled upgrades are straightforward, allowing companies to plan for and successfully incorporate upgrades in order to take advantage of future product enhancements.
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Water Office Overview
Standard Global Data Models
The Standard Global Data models supply a robust foundation for
constructing and maintaining water supply production, transmission
and distribution networks and treatment plants. These data models
have been developed in conjunction with industry experts and
provide a support base for the Smallworld Water Office
environment, 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 Water Office data models can be extended according to documented procedures.

Generic 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, fitting equipment can be placed in the geographic world or in the internal world of a pumping station.



Smallworld Water Office is capable of supporting a wider range
of data implementations, from generalized to extreme detail.
The Standard Global data model is an all-new implementation
encompassing regional legacy models and best practices. The
Smallworld Water Office data models support the business
processes built around best-in-class systems and serve to
provide a data migration path that minimizes change management.
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: Water Office allows defining a status for any equipment or facility. The status is a mandatory attribute for each asset and helps the application to determine how the object is to be treated when the data is being displayed or used.

 
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 & CAD tools for mapping, designing, & network updates

Query, reporting, thematic mapping, printing and plotting tools

Quality Manager

Document links to all 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

 
Enterprise Application Integration
Smallworld Water Office encompasses in a complete solution several layered products that are fully integrated:

Smallworld Design Manager

Smallworld Design Layout Tools

Smallworld Internet Application Server

Smallworld GeoSpatial Server

Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis

Smallworld Spatial Object Manager

Water Office supports configurations for 3rd party products, allowing customers to easily extend their solution to include key industry applications.
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Data Management
Besides the asset data, the spatial database contains a large number of other spatial data sources that have to be maintained and have to be up to date. Water Office includes:

Small and large-scale topographic data. This data is used for geo-referencing the network and also gives information about the surface characteristics of the build-up area. This can be of importance for network design and maintenance.

Height information, important for design and network calculations.

Soil information, important for design, maintenance and the calculated life span of network elements (replace strategy).

Zip codes, addresses, political boundaries, etc. for geo-locating, searching and referencing.

Supply zones and basin areas.

Aerial photographs, TINs, etc. for spatial context.

 

Network Planning
Enable the planning and design of new networks or renovation of existing segments. The planning of networks is done in projects, supported by a workflow management system. Another essential aspect of planning and design is version management.

For each design, different alternatives and scenarios have to be evaluated and compared. For each alternative plan, a cost calculation, based on material use and effort, is needed. Costs depend on the used materials, the surface of the build-up areas, the existing infrastructure and the soil of the underground.

Workflow Management
Following their organizational structure and business processes, utility companies need tools to manage their internal approval processes for typical transmission and distribution operations such as repair, replace, relocate or data updates.

The built-in Workflow Manager allows Water Office customers to manage their internal workflow and approval processes, minimizing administrative burden and violation of internal workflow rules.

 

Key Business Process Support
Water and drainage utilities need to support key business processes throughout all phases of the entire network asset life cycle. These processes include the planning, designing and building of new networks or network changes, as well as commissioning, operating, monitoring, maintaining and refurbishing.

Water Office and its tightly integrated Smallworld applications support critical business processes and improve operational efficiency while keeping integration cost to a minimum.

Efficiency Driven by Data Quality
The level of data quality drives the efficiency of customer business applications to a high degree. The integrity of geospatial objects, their connectivity or other key business rules must be met to ensure a high data quality and hence, provide the basis for optimal results from applications accessing the database.

Water Office improves data quality and consistency through its Quality Manager configurable framework for on-demand and schedulable tools for checking object integrity, connectivity and other pertinent business rules before an alternative is permitted to post.

 

Data Provision
Water companies provide 3rd parties with spatial information. Water Office can help you with:

Fire department: information about hydrants.

Municipalities: spatial information of the networks.

Other utility companies: exchange of network data or topographic data.

Spatial data have to be provided in standard, non-proprietary exchange formats. Water Office is supporting:

GML and WMS, OGC standards.

Common CAD and GIS formats: DWG, DGN, DXF, SHP, etc.

Terrain Management
Different kinds of terrains are managed by water companies. Examples are water gain areas, filtration areas, production sites, and office sites. These terrains have spatial characteristics. Information about these terrains are stored in Water office. Since these areas are important for public health, security of these sites is of growing importance. Some of these terrains are open for recreation. Recreational information can also be stored and maintained in Water Office.

Evaluate spatial data using contour Map
Evaluate by interpolation any spatial data distribution and generate ISO lines with labels and thematics.

 


Map your assets with OGC Compliance Share your data using web services and display your assets on top of background data coming from other providers.

 


Efficiency is driven by data quality.

Longitudinal Profile gives a longitudinal view of a selected wastewater (or sewer) network section.
Operations Maintenance & Reporting
Call Before You Dig (CBYD)
People that intend to dig have to inform utility companies about their activities. The utility company will provide them with information about their network infrastructure. This process of information requesting and providing is managed by Water Office.

You can use Water Office Call Before You Dig (CBYD) to process calls as they come through from individual excavators and from centralized call organizations. Using CBYD, large percentages of calls can be handled automatically, without compromising them with the possibility of interference by involved parties.

Based on configured business rules, calls that are related to exceptional circumstances (for example, the potential for accidental pipeline damage) are detected and routed to the right people within your organizations, to allow them to intervene.


Network Protection
Iron network elements are in most cases protected with cathodic protection with measurements registered and maintained in the asset database.

Outage Management
Network outages are registered by a customer support desk. The settlement of outages is an important and critical process.

To deal with outages, spatial information of the network is usually essential. Maps of the network (paper or digital) are used by the crews in the field. Field systems containing spatial network data are very useful for the settlement of outages.

Water Outage Analysis provides functionality to analyze and manage supply outages on a water distribution network. This could be scheduled maintenance of a pipeline or unplanned outages such as repairs required to fix a leak.

Network Modeling and Optimization
Based on network calculations (flow, speed, consumptions, etc.) new networks can be modeled and optimized.

Network calculations provide network engineers with simulation models of the water network. These calculations make use of network characteristics of the network stored in Water Office.


Network Protection

Outage Management
Measurement and Time Series
The water levels and quality are constantly measured and alarmed when there are concerns. This measurement data can be spatially registered, analyzed and visualized within Water Office.

Drainage Inspection Management
The companies that are responsible for the maintenance of drainage and sewer networks perform a high volume of camera inspections. These serve mainly two purposes:

Registration of the underground infrastructure for existing drainage networks for which no as-built plans exist.

Regular inspection of the network condition to monitor degradation of the network over time and to support intelligent decision making for network renewal.

The sheer volume of video and inspection data generated can make it difficult to retain a good overview of the data and to optimize their use. Water Office can help you keep that overview.

Inspection, Control and Measurement
On a regular basis, the network is inspected and verified (control). Hydrants and valves are inspected and drained-off. The planning of these inspections and drains are supported by Water Office.

Thematic Data Provision
To support decision processes, information is needed. Water Office can provide thematic maps and spatial analysis. Maps and spatial analysis give information about the location, distribution, spatial patterns, cohesion and spatial relations between objects and phenomena. Spatial information gives special insight and extra dimension, sometimes necessary in decisions. Besides maps, Water Office can provide reports, lists and overviews of assets.


Measurement and Time Series
Water Office Analysis Framework is a generic interface to perform any kind of predefined analyses:

Provide users the capability to perform daily analyses & reporting to support better decision making

Easy to use and intended for non-experts

Clear feedback about analysis results

Rendering results in the map view or reporting/plotting

Allow changing analysis parameters on the fly

Extended IPA to facilitate new analyses development

Smallworld 5: Architected for the Future
Geospatial data forms the foundation of critical business processes. Smallworld 5 extends the reach of geospatial data across the organization and its user communities through solutions enabling users to utilize and work with data anytime, anywhere. Smallworld has provided focused solutions to utilities and telecommunication operators for 25 years, continuously delivering new benefits and cost savings while scaling to support the needs of the world’s largest organizations.

 

GE’s continued adoption of the latest technology standards enables further cost savings through:
  • Straightforward system integration through open standard technologies
  • Faster, smarter decisions supported across the enterprise through modern web and mobile technologies
  • Increased user productivity through technology focused on a modern user experience
  • Opening the Smallworld technology stack to Java development creates the potential to reduce IT costs by up to 15%
  • Straightforward and easy upgrades

 

What is changing with the release of Smallworld 5?
  • A technology refresh for all applications based on Smallworld Core Spatial Technology
  • Adoption of Java Virtual machine & improvements to the Smallworld user interface
  • Preserves investments by GE, partners and customers in Magik developments while providing new platform capable of leveraging the Java development ecosystem

Driving Utility and Telecom Operator process efficiency across the enterprise through access to geospatial and asset data anytime, anywhere.