GE Smallworld

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GE's comprehensive suite of integrated tools enable customers to lower the cost of ownership, simplify critical network infrastructures and deliver the flexibility required to meet dynamic network requirements.

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GE Smallworld review by <span>Mahesh P.</span>
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What do you like best?

I like Small world, Because it enables to realize process efficiencies in many areas of the plan, design, build, operate and maintain life-cycle for your network assets.it is support for structures and all dimensions of a network.I like the stability and speed compared to other platforms like ArcGis.

What do you dislike?

Smallworld is harder to learn when compare to other platforms, it is cost expensive to support, and having more tools, its difficulty to find for customization. It could be improved is the ease with which it can be integrated to different tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Smallworld can provide a number of data models and functionality sets that may meet your needs without customization.it might be the best on the market. They do need to improve the graphics.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I involved in a Electrical project to use Smallworld, Its a good experience with this software.

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GE Smallworld review by Consultant in Utilities
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What do you like best?

Smallworld can handle large amounts of data much better than what I have seem competing software do. It provides a stable working environment where users can easily edit data. From a large utility perspective, I'm not sure if there is another product that can match this in terms of stability and ease of use.

What do you dislike?

This tool has a proprietary database that does make it difficult to share data with other software. White space management is also an issue. Most tools around now offer robust white space management tools in terms of dynamic annotation or labeling while Smallworld does not. I'm certain something can be customized to do this but I feel this should be an item that comes out of the box ready to go.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend contacting other companies utilizing Smallworld to see what other complimentary software they use. While it can do almost anything quite often it's not cost effective to have it do so. Most companies that I am aware of have some type of other additional software to effectively solve their business problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using this product to manage our asset location has been extremely helpful. In combination with our asset management software we're able to track down the location of our assets and build viable inspection programs around them. It also often serves as the building blocks for some of our major business cases; we're able to capture the right data, build a plan, and derive the ultimate value that will result.

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GE Smallworld review by User in Utilities
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GIS Smallworld is an effective GIS Asset Management Repository Database used at my company.

What do you like best?

We have been using this tool as a design and asset repository database for our Distribution system for many years. I work in the Transmission Engineering and now Asset Management department in which GIS SmallWorld has not been actively used as a design tool or asset repository and I find it embarrassing that we have such detailed information on all of our Distribution assets including when each individual structure was installed and last replaced but cannot come near to as accurate of information for the Transmission system which is only a fraction of its size compared to the Distribution. We have spent the last 5 years trying to update this asset data on the Transmission side and are still struggling to report information as accurately as we can on the Distribution side of the company.

What do you dislike?

Even after we completed our latest upgrade to GIS Smallworld i think that the program lacks sufficient design capabilities to be used as a full design tool for Sub-T and Transmission projects. For most Distribution projects it suffices since it is more of a planning tool and capable of ordering material and documenting the work for the asset repository purposes however I don't think it provides sufficient capabilities to be a design tool for the higher voltages which require plan & profile drawings as well as other more detailed design information which is a large influece why it was never used on this side of the business because it required duplication and additional design work to properly record in GIS Smallworld.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As previously stated i think this is a great asset repository database but not capable of being a detailed design tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a company we have realized the benefit this offers as an asset repository database and even though it requires additional effort to properly record project details into the system the benefits of accurately recording this data outweighs the extra cost and effort to document it within this system and others. The hope is that this system can be updated to the point that we can start to eliminate some of the other places where asset data is recorded but don't ever expect this to become the primary design tool for Transmission. Being able to accurately report asset details to regulatory agencies is essential.

GE Smallworld review by <span>Graham G.</span>
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GE Smallworld - GIS ripe for customization

What do you like best?

Ease of customization - you can add/modify functionality while the GIS is running, no restarting required in most situations. Slight modifications or completely new functionality can be coded and debugged quickly.

Module Code organization - all code is organized into modules that can be individually added to any GIS session.

Object Oriented code - everything is an object that can be passed as a function argument, even other functions.

DB restructure testing - using a long-transaction alternative you can test new DB table definitions against the entire DB without disturbing other users/developers.

You rarely have to fight code dependencies so developers spend their time developing logic not fighting incompatible libraries.

What do you dislike?

Setting up a new environment can be tricky, especially if a server farm is used.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Since the core GE Smallworld software can literally do anything your key question is what do you want? GE Smallworld can provide a number of datamodels and functionality sets that may meet your needs without customization - review them before deciding to develop a completely custom implementation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have written code to do GIS data conflation, custom data extractions, support business processes and enable complex report generation.

GE Smallworld review by <span>Mark K.</span>
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Transmission Asset Managers review

What do you like best?

It is a GIS system that is windows based. The support seems to be pretty good.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the non proportional icons. It looks like a childs coloring book.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate the competition. GE might be the best on the market. They do need to improve the graphics.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Smallworld as a design tool for distribution and gas relocations. In ddition Smallworld is tied to our asset repository. The benefit is, it is a graphical tool that also has an asset management component. The tool s not a standalone design software package.

GE Smallworld review by User in Civil Engineering
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What do you like best?

Smallworld has many positives for the GIS Utilities market. The top things that set it apart are:

Internral Worlds - This allows tracing and connectivity to exist inside building details and operate as if it was in the "normal" GIS. ESRI can NOT do this. This is valuable for Switch Enclosures, Building routing like vertical details, splice enclosures.

Manifolds - This is the Smallworld topology engine that is used for tracing. Once thing esri users know is rebuilding a Geographic network. This is never needed in Smallword as it is internally handled.

Versioning - Since Smallworld is Object Oriented there is no need for all the versioning overhead in other GIS systems. ESRI uses Add and Delete tables that have to get processed all the time to correctly display the data.

Multiple Geomertries - In Smallworld you can have a Substation for example shown as a point and a polygon. ESRI can not do this.

What do you dislike?

There is a perception that the development language is a problem. It was a non-standard proprietary system, but that is changing to Java.

It is more difficult to customize, more the reason to stay OOTB.

I really did not dislike the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Determine the try business needs and what level of customization you are really going to do.

If the key items I pointed out like, Internal Worlds, better versioning, better network topology and multiple geometery representation then this is the solution.

The customization issue is not really an issue if you are not going to do too much or have a quality staff.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was involved in a project to use Smallworld as a Hybrid Coax-Fiber network inventory tool. At the time and it is depending on the needs still the best tool on the market for LARGE fiber optic cable management tools.

This allowed the information to be stored on an enterprise level and not in individual pockets.

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