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Digital Energy Smallworld Core

Our innovative network software solutions are primarily based on Smallworld™ Core Spatial Technology. This revolutionary, object-oriented, database-driven product provides a powerful, consistent architecture at the heart of many applications, such as those used for planning electric, gas and water distribution systems, designing telecommunications networks and evaluating strategic market opportunities. The software integrates with other products that require spatial information, including systems for customer relationship management, market analysis, network and work management.

Key Benefits

Market proven portfolio of products that support the full life-cycle for network assets from strategic planning, design and build to operations support

Architecture is built with open technology standards and supports scaling to the largest customers’ needs

Deployment options using industry leading technology platform solutions

Business Process Modules

Smallworld Core provides a comprehensive portfolio of solutions that support the critical processes within the plan, design, build, operate and maintain lifecycle of network asset intensive industries.

Strategic Planning

Spatial information helps planners understand where new networks should be targeted, where additional investment is required to meet forecasted demand for capacity, and where business justification for investments in network upgrades is needed. Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis allows users to access customer and market demographic data, network infrastructure footprint, service areas and finance data to create possible strategies for proposed network investment plans.

Network Planning

At district level, planners need to understand the detail of the underground and overhead network assets and their relationship with new construction, other operated networks and public works to plan maintenance and network extensions. Smallworld Core Spatial Technology can model and represent the network in different spatial views, representing geographic, underground networks and assets within buildings, together with annotations of the existing and planned network in a single environment.

Network Design

Spatial information from a number of sources needs to be combined with the current network in a design environment where designers can lay out a number of solutions to a new service or maintenance work request. Smallworld Design Manager provides a geospatial-based design environment to manage the proposed network changes. Cost information for the proposed network changes can be used as part of the design approval within the spatial environment and this information shared with Enterprise Asset Management systems using Smallworld Business Integrator.

Network Build

To support construction crews building a network, accurate engineering maps of the planned assets need to be provided as part of the job packs issued to work crews. Post construction, as-built information returned to the organization needs to be stored to accurately document the network as it has been constructed. Smallworld Core Spatial Technology’s quality management tools combined with manual or electronic updates submitted to the network inventory facilitate an up-to-date and consistent source of network data.

Network Service

To support the go live switching of the network build, the planned view of the network model needs to be passed to other operational systems as a connected network model with geographic and schematic views. Additionally, some self-service applications need to be delivered from the enterprise through the Internet to contractors and customers as web applications.

Smallworld Core Architecture

The Smallworld Solution

Smallworld Core Spatial Technology is the foundation product, providing key capabilities for business solutions. Its geospatial data management capabilities are designed for deployment throughout distributed organizations, reaching all users who need to access and maintain the network asset inventory. Its database is highly scalable to handle very large networks while also modeling the detailed connectivity necessary for its advanced applications.

Smallworld Core Spatial Technology is designed around industry technology standards, allowing it to directly access enterprise data from Oracle® and other sources. For building complementary industry applications, it provides an integrated data modeling and application development environment.

Smallworld Design Manager accelerates the engineering planning and design process, with comprehensive workflow support and process control, design tools, and cost estimation, tuned for the needs of very large network operators.

Smallworld Schematics Generator provides automatic generation and maintenance of schematic representations of the network to support a range of operational and planning business processes.

Smallworld Enterprise Gateway allows access to all network asset data throughout the organization. It synchronizes the data held in the Smallworld database with an enterprise Oracle® database to leverage the value of the Smallworld data for other business processes.

Smallworld GeoSpatial Server provides access to geospatial data and functions as web-services to support service oriented integration with operational systems such as a Distribution Management System and provides OGC® certified services. It reduces costs to create and maintain integrated enterprise IT solutions and provides the flexibility to respond to evolving business and regulatory requirements.

Smallworld Business Integrator allows integration with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems, including a certified integration with SAP®. It allows the synchronization of common network asset data and seamless business processes based on Smallworld and EAM applications.

Smallworld Web Solutions provide easy access to network data and applications for anybody in the enterprise through the web to support business processes without specific GIS expertise.

Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis is the spatial business intelligence application, which leverages geospatial and all other data sources for operational and strategic asset management processes. It allows a wide range of users to generate visualization-based analysis on combined enterprise and spatial data to meet a range of business needs, including meeting regulatory reporting requirements, monitoring key performance indicators and optimizing network investment strategies using network data.

Technology Standards
Smallworld Core Spatial Technology platform is based on common IT and geospatial standards and can be easily integrated with other business applications that require spatial information, including solutions for customer relationship management, operations management, market analysis, and work management. It is the foundation that underpins GE’s leading-edge industry-focused Smallworld application suites for utilities and telecommunications.

Key Functionality

  • Powerful and highly scalable spatial database engineered to model complex networks
  • Version managed long transaction database, allowing many hundreds of concurrent users write access
  • Object oriented modeling and development tools for fast and cost effective decisions
  • Built in quality assurance and conflict management tools to ensure data quality
Technology Support
Operating systems

Windows Desktop and Server Editions in 64-bit and 32-bit
HP-UX on Integrity Itanium, IBM AIX on RS/6000, Sun Solaris on SPARC, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 on Intel processors.


Java 1.6 and 7 runtime environment

Open systems

Oracle 10g and 11g databases including Oracle Spatial®
LDAP authentication using Microsoft Windows Active Directory and OpenLDAP

IBM PureSystems

Smallworld Database Server on IBM™ PureSystems

The Smallworld Core platform is the foundation that underpins GE’s leading-edge industry-focused Smallworld application suites for utilities and telecommunications and a critical component of it is the Smallworld Database Server. This technology supports highly scalable geospatial and version managed database capabilities that are used by the industry solutions.

With GE’s Smallworld Database Server enabled on IBM PureFlex systems, new instances of the server can be created rapidly in a fully configured mode. Without having to spend many hours of technical resources to install and to configure the solution, customers can use valuable IT resources to focus on improving and growing their core business.

Learn more about IBM PureSystems at: PureSystems

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.

Smallworld Design Manager

Smallworld Design Manager is a scalable engineering workflow management solution that features design layout automation, integration with work management systems, partial design completion, and the ability to preview the future network.
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Smallworld Schematics Generator

The Smallworld Schematics Generator product transforms complex geographic networks into compact, simplified schematics to support clear decision making.
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Smallworld Enterprise Gateway

Smallworld Enterprise Gateway provides an advanced, comprehensive, high-performance, robust and easy to operate solution to make the quality of the Smallworld version managed data available on the Oracle® database technology.
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Smallworld GeoSpatial Server

Smallworld GeoSpatial Server is the enabling platform for service-based integration in the SOA enterprise and for building powerful web applications accessing Smallworld database behavior.
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Smallworld Business Integrator

Smallworld Business Integrator (SBI) allows integration with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems, including a certified integration with SAP. SBI enables the synchronization of common network asset data and seamless business processes based on Smallworld and EAM applications.
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Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis

Smallworld GeoSpatial Analysis allows users to perform powerful spatial business intelligence analysis in an intuitive package that allows them to discover and visualize information sources, bringing them together to perform modeling and share the results with colleagues.
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Smallworld Web Solutions

GE provides, with its experienced partners, a range of simple, easy–to-use business applications for customers to deploy, working in tandem with their engineering applications powered by Smallworld. Each application is a solution to address a specific business problem and is designed to solve that problem in an optimal way, to ensure benefits are rapidly obtained.
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Smallworld and Google Maps

The combined GE and Google solution will enhance the utilities’ existing network visualization capabilities and allow them to receive incremental efficiency and productivity gains in the field.
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