11/13/2002 - Trimble announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Tripod Data Systems (TDS) of Corvallis, Ore., has been awarded a contract from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to supply a Pole Asset Management System (PAM) for mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications. The contract is valued at $760,000.
Using TDS-customized PAM software, PG&E has developed a sophisticated database of its distribution power poles. Using this information, PG&E has undertaken a test and treat program, which allows workers to test the condition of every pole and then track the applications of chemicals which prevent decay from fungus and insects.
"PAM allows PG&E to effectively map and record data regarding the location, condition, and treatment of our poles and other structural assets," said Jim Campbell, PG&E programmer/analyst. "This may not seem like such a big undertaking, but when you realize that we monitor more than 2 million different poles over more than two-thirds of California, you can see that the program that TDS has developed gives us a tremendous advantage."
The PAM system was originally developed for PG&E by PenMetrics, which is now part of TDS. The new contract was awarded to redevelop PAM from a 16-bit application to Microsoft Windows 2000 standard, which requires a 32-bit application for optimal performance using Microsoft .NET technology. The original PAM consisted of three parts: PAM Desktop, PAM Fieldnotes Manager and PAM FDU (Field Units). The new PAM will be streamlined into two main components, PAM Fieldnotes Manager and PAM Fieldnotes, and will include Global Positioning System (GPS) and Bar Code Scanning capabilities.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. There are 18,400 employees who carry out Pacific Gas and Electric Company's primary business-the transmission and delivery of energy. The company provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 13 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California.
About Tripod Data Systems
Tripod Data Systems, Inc. (TDS) produces surveying and mapping software for platforms including programmable calculators, advanced rugged handheld field computers and complete office software applications. TDS software integrates with a wide range of measurement tools including optical instruments, global positioning system (GPS) receivers and laser rangefinders. TDS was founded in 1987. The company's headquarters is in Corvallis, Ore. TDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble. TDS can be reached by telephone at 503-827-3845 or by email at email@example.com.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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