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SAP implementation project at NDPL wasnamed as "SAMANVAY".

As the name signifies, it means

implementation in NDPL was to assimilate key support processes such as Human Resources, Finance &
Controlling , Plant Maintenance ,Project system, procurement , Inventory managment,etc.
The project targets were defined & individual milestones were specified.The implementation of SAP at
NDPL started with clear mandate of Top Management "To adapt SAP Best Practices with least
developments". This became a key factor for such full fledged implementation in a short span of time,
which qualifies them to be one of the fastest implementation in the history of SAP.


In the nationwide implementation of IT-enabled power reforms in Indian distribution utilities, under the
prestigious R-APDRP project, Geographical Information System (GIS) has gained importance as an
effective tool for improving customer services, enhancing operational and energy efficiency and
optimizing costs.
Lot of emphasis is given by the state utilities on the leveraging GIS for creating an energy balance sheet
and take effective measures to plug the revenue leakages. The geo-referenced electrical network

overlaid on area base map is handy for the utility not only for managing assets and their maintenance,
but also being used for mapping the electrical consumers to its source of supply for energy audit
applications. Moreover, by integrating electrical GIS with network analysis application, various analytical
studies are possible for load flow analysis, short circuit analysis, efficiency calculations and load
NDPL has used GIS (Geographic Information System) to capture ground maps. After implementing GIS, it
became a communications platform for various operations of NDPL. GIS has enabled NDPLs employess
to know the details of each district, zone, grid station, and even of each consumer, at the click of a
button. For instance, if a consumer faces a power cut problem and brings it to the notice of the NDPL
authorities, they can trace it out sitting their desk. They can ascertain the power grid from which the
consumer is connected and can also determine the exact transformer from where he/she gets power.
This helps in resolving problems faster than ever before. Similarly, if a customer wants to increase the
power load for their residence, GIS helps NDPL employee to determine whether it can be done from the
same transformer or whether they need to get another line from a different transformer. Another
interesting feature enables NDPL to determine the shortest route to plant a new electrification network.
Also, if NDPL wants to expand their existing electricity network, they can determine the shortest route
between two end points through the system, without actually going out to the field, which was the case
earlier. This has improved the efficiency of NDPL and has also helped them to cater to the needs of the
consumers faster. These benefits helped NDPL to save a huge amount of money, a whopping 1.26 crore
in the very first year of GIS implementation.
IT Solution Using a combination of GIS maps and GE small world solution suite, they were able to get
extensive details about their distribution networks.

GIS also provides a detailed list of all NDPL consumers. Hence, if there is a scheduled power cut at a
specific location, they can get the data about affected consumers within that specified location and
inform them in advance. All NDPL users have access to it and it can serve 200 concurrent users. They
have used a software called GE SmallWorld and the data is stored in the GE small world application

GIS also acts as an input to other enterprise software such as SAP and SCADA. But the extensive use of
information makes it a unique project in itself. For people going to the field to lay a network or to check
faults in any of the transformers, the system provides invaluable help. They can download the GIS map
of the area to a PDA and carry it with them, hence making their life much simpler and work much faster.
One of the key challenges for them was data creation. With no prior knowledge and lack of availability
of a good consultant or agency, it was a challenge to gather such extensive data. The key benefits of this
project were faster service to consumers and faster and more cost-effective new network layouts.
Senior management can also monitor the development sitting right at their desks. All this has reduced
costs to a great extent, which indirectly benefits consumers too.
In the next phase, NDPL plans to integrate the GPS system in their recovery van so that they can monitor
it on the GIS map itself. This will help them provide faster and planned solutions to power failure
problems. They also plan to integrate other applications such as remote meter reading into a single
application, which will help them get more productive results.

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