Utilities Leverage and Share Valuable CAD, GIS and Asset Information with Open, Industry-Specific Solutions
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov 16, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that the Las Vegas Valley Water District
(LVVWD), the largest water purveyor in Nevada, has successfully expanded its
enterprise software systems with Autodesk Topobase software. The LVVWD can now
apply precise, real-time spatial data in key business processes, such as
design, as-built documentation and maintenance work in the field to enable
them to make better decisions and help increase overall productivity and
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Regional growth has generated a soaring number of developer and
construction projects, challenging the LVVWD to keep its water network asset
data and documentation up-to-date. As the water provider for one of America's
fastest growing regions, the LVVWD must design, inspect and approve new
infrastructure to keep pace with new development in and around Las Vegas,
which has experienced six percent annual growth over the last decade. A key to
the LVVWD's success was to make greater use of its engineering design and GIS
data by improving its accuracy and accessibility to internal departments such
as customer service, operations and finance.
Autodesk Topobase software's open, flexible architecture allows the LVVWD
to quickly implement efficient GIS data management systems and maintain and
share highly accurate spatial information throughout its organization,
regardless of format. Before implementing Topobase, the LVVWD had to convert
data formats when moving and managing computer-aided design (CAD) asset and
spatial data across various software applications used by various work teams -
a process which was both time-intensive and error-prone. Synchronizing design
and GIS data was inefficient and not always maintained in real time. Now, a
wide range of users can employ a common spatial data source for their various
business processes, regardless of whether they have engineering or GIS
"Autodesk Topobase complements our existing enterprise systems, including
ESRI ArcSDE and allows linkages with Hansen asset management and PeopleSoft
with a single interface," said Jonathan Pickus, manager, AM/FM/GIS Division,
Las Vegas Valley Water District. "Within a five-month period, we were able to
incorporate the software into our system-start to finish."
The LVVWD was also able to use the Topobase flexible data model, workflows
and business rules to speed up common tasks, improve consistency and support
higher-quality data by minimizing scattered, redundant data creation and
maintenance processes. For example, when creating as-built documents, Topobase
display models visually confirm whether new lines are connected to the network
properly while employing business rules so that the database reflects the
appropriate connectivity. The long transaction capability in Topobase is also
used to highlight the areas of the network that are undergoing work, so that
two engineers do not work on the same part of the network at the same time.
"When customers such as the LVVWD need to perform maintenance on an
underground water line, it is important to know how many feet from the curb it
is, how many feet down, and what else is around it," says Chris Bradshaw, vice
president, Autodesk Infrastructure Solutions. "Topobase enables customers to
use the high precision information created during the engineering construction
phase of their projects to improve efficiency in the ongoing management of
their infrastructure assets."
Built on Autodesk Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise and Oracle
Spatial database software applications, Autodesk Topobase is currently
available in the United States and Europe in International English, German,
Italian and French. For additional information, please contact an Autodesk
sales representative, or visit: http://www.autodesk.com/topobase .
About Las Vegas Valley Water District
The Las Vegas Valley Water District is a not-for-profit agency that began
providing water to the Las Vegas Valley in 1954. It is the largest water
purveyor in Southern Nevada, serving more than 1 million people each day.
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