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April 27th, 2009
Australia Energy Company Jemena Focuses on Safety for Infrastructure Management

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Australian energy infrastructure management company Jemena takes its name from an aboriginal word meaning “to hear, to listen, and to think,” and the company uses geographic information system (GIS) technology to do just that for safety management. Using ArcGIS software from ESRI, Jemena can view its assets relative to utility line crossings, land-use zoning, and rights-of-way, as well as critical or sensitive infrastructure such as airports, schools, or hospitals.

Jemena’s assets include the Eastern Gas Pipeline, the Queensland Gas Pipeline, and the transmission pipelines serving the Greater Sydney region. With transmission and distribution operations, Jemena supplies gas to over 1.6 million customers in Melbourne and Sydney. The company also supplies electricity to approximately 285,000 homes and businesses in the northwestern area of Greater Melbourne.

“GIS is the tool we use for safety management studies,” said Chris Hamilton, GIS manager, Jemena. “With ESRI’s ArcMap, we are able to pan along the pipeline to view current and historic threats and monitor changing conditions along the right-of-way. If we discover, for example, a large irrigation ditch crossing the pipeline, we are able to make the best decision to avoid risk to our assets from third-party interference.”

ArcMap is one of the core applications delivered with all licensing levels of ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop. With ArcGIS Desktop, users can perform advanced spatial analysis, model operational processes, and visualize results on professional maps.

“ESRI’s GIS technology provides data integration capabilities, modeling and analysis tools, and a geographic environment for reporting,” said Rob Brook, ESRI’s pipeline and gas industry manager. “Jemena is a powerful example of how pipeline operators are using GIS to maintain complex datasets, build comprehensive risk models, and use the results to ensure public safety.”

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