GE and Mettenmeier agree on new cooperation for measuring house connections

GE Digital, manufacturer of the successful Smallworld GIS and Mettenmeier, provider of solutions for the energy and water industry, have agreed on a new partnership. After the innovative augmented reality app NAVA for the measurement of house connections has already found its way into the service portfolios of various GIS providers in Germany in the past, the two companies have now reached an agreement to also offer the solution worldwide via the sales channels of the industry leader with immediate effect.

As a result, NAVA will be included on GE Digital’s official price list, allowing all GE Digital partners internationally to offer the app to their customers. Part of this agreement is also the NAVA interface to GE Smallworld GIS. This ensures digital data processing in real time. In concrete terms, this means that just a few seconds after the house connection has been measured using a smartphone, the digital sketch, including all order-related data and components, is transferred directly and digitally to the GIS without any media discontinuity. In this way, GE Digital relies on the latest technologies, such as augmented reality, 3D, image documentation, automation, digitization, and at the same time opens the way towards the “glass sidewalk”. In this respect, NAVA proves to be an excellent and consistent portfolio addition for the management of a hitherto manual house connection process including an interface to the “Smallworld NRM” specialist shells used in Germany, but also to other comparable data models. After NAVA has already been successfully presented at the GE conference in Paris, the first joint appearance will now follow at the Intergeo trade fair.

With the NAVA app, network operators document the course of the pipeline with their smartphone at the open trench. (Source: Mettenmeier)

Due to its functional maturity via iOS and Android platforms and the GIS connection, NAVA gives the measurement of house connections a significant boost: Intuitive, digital throughout and without any media breaks. The data is recorded using augmented reality via smartphone with compliant precision in accordance with recognized industry standards, enabling any installer to measure the house connection directly after the pipe or cable has been laid, take photos, and close the trench again promptly. This is a great advantage for the homeowner and the network operator because the measurement is already available in full digital form and ensures fast and correct documentation in the GIS. Another plus point of the solution: The app allows the documentation of multi-section house connections including line display in one process. This results in a noticeably shortened process chain while simultaneously reducing the error rate in the context of missing or illegible measurement data and the resulting queries.

As a GE Digital partner, Mettenmeier GmbH has been developing applications for Smallworld GIS for over 30 years. As a member of German industry associations VDE/FNN, DVGW, DWA, and the Smallworld User Group, the software company focuses on the exchange of experience with users and recognized experts.

NAVA-Schnittstelle Smallworld GIS

The NAVA interface transfers the digital house connection sketch with all components, 3D measured values and photo documentation to the GIS. (Source: Mettenmeier)

About GE Digital

GE Digital is a leading industrial software company and is the manufacturer of Smallworld technology. GE Digital’s goal is to use software to simplify, better manage, analyze and optimize their business processes. The energy division of GE Digital provides solutions for renewable energy, power, utilities, and energy financial services worldwide. Together with its customers, GE Digital supplies one-third of the world’s electricity and is focused on the path to reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy.

About Mettenmeier

Mettenmeier is a software company headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, and currently employs approximately 200 skilled professionals. As a provider of IT solutions and consulting services, Mettenmeier is one of the top addresses in the energy and water industry. The focus is on the areas of GIS and network data, asset and work management as well as the design and support of service processes.