The utility GIS provides a digital platform and tool for ECG to plan, manage and efficiently operate its network to meet global utility management standards. The new systems will improve customer experience through enhanced power supply reliability, better supply quality and reduced service response times. Other benefits include rapid response to unplanned outages, breakdowns and maintenance checks. The system will also inform future strategic planning and expansion of ECG electricity distribution.
In attendance at the inauguration were board members of ECG, representatives from MiDA, MCC’s resident country director, staff of ECG, constructors and consultants.
“ECG previously relied on stand-alone computerized system to locate and identify its assets and customers in the field therefore this new approach will help manage its asset and better manage its business processes” Board Chair of ECG Mr. Keli Gadzekpo.
SMEC provided Programme Management Services such as migration of data into an Oracle Spatial Database, the capture of underground assets, training, and the field validation of infrastructure assets including power lines, substations, underground cables, transformers, switches and customer service wires.
The team played an important role to facilitate improved workflow and execution of activities, at a time when strict Covid regulations prohibited on site visitations and inspections in Accra which was a contract requirement. Working closely with the client, SMEC to develop a solution bespoke to their need.
The new system collects and analyses data in real time, providing reliable geospatial and location information with unique geographic coordinates of various assets (including meters, poles, transmission lines and distribution transformers). Mapping out all these assets enables swift and remote decision making, reducing cost and time spent visiting site.
ECG Asset on ground
Client: Millennium Development Authority (MiDA)
Funding: Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
In October 2023, Johan Basson (Function Manager, Urban Development) received an Honorary Fellowship from the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA).
The SMEC Foundation has supported a range of projects, guided by on-the-ground support and the professional expertise of SMEC staff. The dedication and local engagement within many of our regions sets the SMEC Foundation apart from other donor organisations. Your passion for making a difference has propelled us forward, enabling us to impact lives, uplift communities, and create positive change.
In a strong display of commitment to environmental sustainability, around 50 SMEC employees recently laced up their running shoes to participate in the “Takbo Para Sa Kalikasan” (Earth Run) 2023 held on 26 November at Liwasang Ulalim, CCP Complex, Pasay City. The event featured three run categories – 5K, 10K, and 25K – and was organised by the Green Media Events Company.
To bolster environmental stewardship, SMEC joined forces recently with the Center for Nature Conservation and Development (CCD) for a successful tree planting initiative in Vietnam. The activity, held at Me Linh Station for Biodiversity, located around 50km north of Hanoi, marked a significant step in SMEC’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability.