Former NERC senior investigator endorses GeoDigital’s PCM program with WorkStudio software for FAC-003-3 compliance

Robert Novembri, former NERC Senior Investigator and utility vegetation management expert, has concluded that GeoDigital’s Precision Corridor Management (PCM) solution, a program that delivers highly accurate LiDAR and imagery data through easy-to-use software, supports compliance with the requirements set forth in NERC’s transmission vegetation management standard, FAC-003-3. Mr. Novembri performed an indepth review in which he evaluated the effectiveness of GeoDigital’s solution and concluded that this offering presents utilities with a complete solution for FAC-003-3 compliance.

Mr. Novembri stated, “GeoDigital’s offering uniquely combines program planning, objective analysis of potentially encroaching vegetation, mobile applications for inspections and internal audits, and the ability to rapidly produce the supporting documentation that NERC auditors need. The PCM Program is well-aligned with the needs of transmission utilities to comply with the requirements of FAC-003-3.”

FAC-003-3 introduces several key changes in how transmission vegetation management is regulated. First, it requires utilities to validate annually that no vegetation encroaches into the Minimum Vegetation Clearance Distance (MVCD) around transmission lines at maximum rated conditions. Because maximum rated conditions can rarely be observed in the field, prior to the GeoDigital solution, utilities had to create massive safety buffers adding additional expense.

GeoDigital’s PCM solution applies PLS-CADD models and proprietary algorithms to LiDAR data to precisely identify all potential vegetation encroachments at maximum rated conditions and allows clients to visualize the results in 3-D. This geospatial intelligence can be brought into the field to inspect the identified threats, and create appropriate work orders for vegetation clearance.

FAC-003-3 also presents a unique paradigm with respect to annual compliance. Whereas earlier regulations simply required that utilities have a documented Transmission Vegetation Management Program (TVMP), the new standard requires that utilities complete 100% of their planned inspection and maintenance work each year. GeoDigital’s WorkStudio suite provides program planning and reporting for all NERC applicable lines by collecting and analyzing field results versus planned.

Mr. Novembri goes on to state “Based on my review of GeoDigital’s PCM solution, when fully implemented, I believe it provides the capability to support utilities in objectively attaining compliance with FAC-003-3. The WorkStudio enterprise software platform is very robust and its WorkPlanner module supports requirements R1, R2, R3, R5, R6, and R7. Additionally, the data
that is collected in the field through VegWorks supports the applicable components of R1, R2, R4, R5, R6, and R7.”

Chuck Anderson, GeoDigital’s Senior Vice-President for the North American Utility Market, said, “Robert Novembri’s knowledge and experience have earned the respect and trust of the utility vegetation management industry. His expertise in how utilities can best comply with FAC-003-3 is unrivaled. GeoDigital is the only company in the industry providing a fully compliant solution for FAC-003-3 compliance. This endorsement demonstrates the strength of GeoDigital’s PCM
approach and our commitment to fully meeting the needs of the utility industry.”

About Robert Novembri
Robert Novembri is the Founder and President of Novembri Consulting, LLC and a former Senior Investigator for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Mr. Novembri has 44 years of utility experience and over 26 years of experience in the utility arboriculture field. Mr. Novembri formerly served as Partner and CEO at CN Utility Consulting, LLC and as the Director of Vegetation Management Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

About GeoDigital
GeoDigital International provides utilities and other distributed asset industries with innovative geospatial information management solutions. With one of the largest fleets of airborne/mobile LiDAR and digital imaging sensor systems in North America, we collect and process data under the most challenging project schedules and conditions. Our enterprise software products are then tailored to meet the specific business workflow needs of our customers, including the ability to support mobile workforces in real time. GeoDigital continuously improves our services to deliver timely, mission critical geospatial information systems that increase efficiency and reduce risk. Please visit us at www.geodigital.com.

XCEL Energy to implement GeoDigital for vegetation & pole management

GeoDigital today announced that Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) has chosen to implement its WorkStudio work management system for Vegetation Management and Pole Maintenance. Over 700 contractor personnel and company employees in eight states will use the system for day-to-day management of vegetation and wood pole maintenance.

In selecting WorkStudio, Xcel Energy sought a geospatial solution to help meet the following goals:

  • Replace their legacy Vegetation Management System with a system that emphasized budgeting, analytics, and geospatial modeling,
  • Improve the processes for transmission and distribution wood pole inspection, treatment, replacement, reinforcement and quality control,
  • Automate field force activities to improve dispatched and collected work with third-party Vegetation and Pole Inspection crews, as well as,
  • Automate the surrounding pre-planning, inspection, work completion and quality control activities,
  • Drive efficient work management and more effective risk management.

GeoDigital will supply Xcel Energy with its WorkStudio platform including WorkPlanner for budgeting and program cycle management, VegWorks for mobile vegetation assessments and audits, VegWorker for contractor production reporting, and InfoCenter for enterprise visibility into activity status and budget performance.

Jim Downie, Xcel Energy’s Director of Vegetation Management & Ancillary Programs, said, “GeoDigital has been a critical business partner of Xcel Energy for more than eight years. In that time we’ve jointly developed a variety of VM solutions to address imminent threat, danger tree/hazard tree identification, routine maintenance planning and wildfire protection mitigation, to name a few. This software implementation will bring all of this functionality together into one work management solution that will also enable us to manage a variety of other facility maintenance activities. Teamed up with front line representatives from our contractors we conducted a rigorous and detailed technical evaluation of the responses to our RFP. GeoDigital clearly demonstrated they could meet not only our current work management, analytical and field mobile needs, but would enable us to take that next major step in the evolution of our maintenance programs to improve reliability, better ensure compliance, reduce cost, improve worker safety and provide value to our customers.”

Scott Rogers, GeoDigital’s Senior Vice-President of Enterprise Solutions, said, “We look forward to working closely with the team at Xcel Energy. Our WorkStudio Best Practices for Vegetation
Management will help get users into production quickly, while the platform’s configurability and integration capabilities will allow Xcel Energy to support the full range of users and workflows needed on an enterprise software platform that can be readily adapted as Xcel Energy’s needs evolve.”

Chuck Anderson, GeoDigital’s Senior Vice-President for the North American Utility Market, said, “We have worked with Xcel Energy for many years on several cutting edge initiatives, such as laser mapping for NERC vegetation and engineering compliance, fire fuels modeling and tree health analysis due to the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Xcel Energy’s focus has always been to leverage technology, where appropriate, to improve service reliability of their network and reduce total system costs. We appreciate the trust Xcel Energy has once again placed in GeoDigital with this important initiative.

About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis. More information is available at www.xcelenergy.com.

About GeoDigital
GeoDigital International provides utilities and other distributed asset industries with innovative geospatial information management solutions. With one of the largest fleets of airborne/mobile LiDAR and digital imaging sensor systems in North America, we collect and process data under the most challenging project schedules and conditions. Our enterprise software products are then tailored to meet the specific business workflow needs of our customers, including the ability to support mobile workforces in real time. GeoDigital continuously improves our services to deliver timely, mission critical geospatial information systems that increase efficiency and reduce risk. Please visit us at www.geodigital.com.

Strategic Investors at GeoDigital

GeoDigital International Inc. (“GDI”), the leading provider of next‐generation 4D Geospatial imaging and business intelligence solutions, announced today that it has raised an undisclosed amount of new equity financing from leading international investors. The round was led by EnerTech Capital, a prominent North American venture capital investor focused on the energy and power industries, and Emerald Technology Ventures, one of the world’s largest clean technology investors. They were joined in the round by GDI’s current investors, including NGP Energy Technology Partners and North Sky Capital. GDI will use the capital to fund the company’s product extensions and continued expansion in the United States, Canada and international markets.

“This financing will enable GDI to extend the reach of our cloud-based business intelligence solutions to meet a wide range of client needs. GDI’s solutions increase the reliability of the information on which our clients make mission-critical decisions and help them realize significant cost savings,” stated Abe Morris, co-CEO of GeoDigital. “We are proud that all of our major existing investors as well as leading international investors Emerald and EnerTech participated in this financing. These investors all have a superb track record of growing businesses across North America and internationally.”

“To make critical business decisions and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, utility companies worldwide are turning to GeoDigital for geospatial imaging and mapping solutions to monitor and inspect their geographically dispersed assets with engineering precision. Our solutions enable our clients to achieve significant productivity improvements by managing subsequent field work, including through the use of webenabled mobile devices,” said GeoDigital Founder and Co-CEO, Alastair Jenkins. “In addition, our solutions are creating path-breaking innovations in mapping to support autonomous (self-driving) vehicles.”

Scott Ungerer, Managing Director of EnerTech Capital, who will join the GDI Board of Directors, stated, “Our investment in GeoDigital was driven by the growing focus of utilities and other infrastructure owners on increasing operational efficiency and regulatory compliance as well as with the growing acceptance of geospatial mapping solutions to meet these challenges. GeoDigital is a market leader in providing these services and software solutions, and we expect GDI to help drive significant global growth. Our investment in GeoDigital also demonstrates our continued focus on investments in high-quality companies across Canada.”

Gina Domanig, Managing Partner for Emerald Technology Ventures, who will also join the GDI Board of Directors, stated, “We identified GeoDigital as possessing a unique technology that is capable of addressing multiple industry sectors. In the rapidly growing and evolving geospatial information market, offering Software and Information as a Service Solution positions GDI to serve the needs of leading utility and engineering companies.”

About GeoDigital International, Inc.
GeoDigital International, Inc. integrates the world’s most advanced imaging and data acquisition technologies to perform airborne and ground mapping services with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to deliver industry-leading business intelligence solutions for asset management and engineering. By providing access to geospatial information using proprietary software and web mapping technology in partnership with Google Earth and Google Maps Engine, GeoDigital offers utilities and engineering firms unrivaled access to their data
anywhere, anytime to enable work planning, execution, and reporting. GeoDigital and its predecessor companies have a 20-year history in airborne mapping for the utility industry, providing leading-edge solutions for mapping, inspection, line rating and engineering analysis to customers across around the world.
For more information, please visit: www.geodigital.com
Contact: Jim Smyth, jsmyth@geodigital.kappkoncepts.com, 289-674-0011

About EnerTech Capital
EnerTech Capital invests in companies that offer products or services that dramatically improve the profitability of producing or consuming energy. Founded in 1996, the firm has managed approximately $500 million and has delivered over 30 exits. EnerTech Capital is currently investing out of its fourth fund and has offices in Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.
For more information, please visit: www.enertechcapital.com
Contact: Wally Hunter, whunter@enertechcapital.com, 416-383-8563

About Emerald Technology Ventures
Emerald Technology Ventures is a globally recognized investor in the areas of energy, water and materials. Founded in 2000, Emerald has been a venture capital pioneer in these industrial sectors and invested in more than fifty companies to date. From offices in Zurich, Switzerland and Toronto, Canada, Emerald has managed three venture capital funds and two venture capital portfolio mandates totaling over USD 500 million. Fund investors include leading financial institutions, family offices and multinational corporations.
For more information, please visit: www.emerald-ventures.com
Contact: Gina Domanig, gina.domanig@emerald-ventures.com, +41 44 269 61 00

About NGP Energy Technology Partners
NGP Energy Technology Partners (“NGP ETP”) is a private equity firm that invests in companies that provide products and services to the oil and gas, power, environmental, energy efficiency and alternative energy sectors. Founded in 2005, NGP ETP manages approximately $500 million in committed capital and is led by professionals that have extensive experience investing across the energy industry. NGP ETP partners with experienced management teams executing on compelling strategic plans and works with them to drive significant value creation. NGP ETP is headquartered in Washington, DC and has an office in New Orleans, LA. NGP ETP is affiliated with NGP Energy Capital Management (“NGP ECM”). Founded in 1988, NGP ECM is a premier investment franchise in the natural resources industry, which together with its affiliates has managed approximately $13 billion in cumulative committed capital since inception. NGP ECM’s investment
platform includes Natural Gas Partners, NGP Global Agribusiness Partners, NGP Capital Resources Company (NASDAQ: NGPC), and NGP Energy Technology Partners.
For more information, please visit: www.ngpetp.com
Contact: Bruce Schulman, bschulman@ngpetp.com, 202-536-3928

About North Sky Capital
North Sky Capital is an independent registered investment advisor that was established in 2000 to provide tailored private investment solutions for its investors. To date, North Sky’s tight-knit team has built 14 innovative funds spanning the full spectrum of private equity and energy infrastructure. North Sky Capital manages over $850 million in committed capital and is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.
For more information, please visit: www.northskycapital.com
Contact: Rachael Welk, rwelk@northskycapital.com, 612-435-7150

GeoDigital and Google to Present Important Vegetation Management Webinar

Power transmission utility owners and operators face significant challenges when it comes to managing their utility corridors. GeoDigital and Google have been collaborating for the past six months to integrate their 3D mapping technologies in order to better serve the clearance and risk management needs of transmission corridors throughout North America.

PCM – Precision Corridor Management provides simple, immediate access to 3D geospatial data anytime, anywhere.

It enables actionable intelligence through a simple interface consistent with the ease of use of Google Earth. It supports both vegetation management and engineering clearance and “as-built” studies from a common data set. To learn more about PCM and the ongoing collaboration please attend our webinar on November 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM PST entitled, “How GeoDigital Keeps Utility Corridors Safe With Google.”

You can register for this important event by visiting our website.

“The utility industry is under increasing pressure to do more with less,” commented GeoDigital’s President and CEO Alastair N. Jenkins. He continued, “The good news is that new technologies such as 3D LiDAR are making it possible for utilities to make highly informed decisions in a matter of days, from the office, after the data collection. Along with cost and time benefits, it lowers their overall risk. Add to this the power and familiarity of Google’s maps and we believe we have the most cost effective, accessible, enterprise scale solution for utility corridor management on the market.”

About GeoDigital International
GeoDigital International provides utilities and other distributed asset industries with industry leading, geospatial information management solutions. With one of the largest fleets of airborne/mobile LiDAR and digital imaging sensor systems in North America we collect and process data under the most challenging project schedules and conditions. Our custom designed, enterprise software products are then tailored to meet the specific business workflow needs of our customers, including the ability to support mobile workforces in real time. As these needs change GeoDigital continuously improves our services with the goal of delivering timely, mission critical geospatial information systems that increase efficiency and reduce risk. To better support our customers we have offices strategically located throughout Canada and the United States.

We also encourage you to visit our website, for the latest information.
Please contact us to discuss your particular needs.
Thank you.

GeoDigital International Inc. Ranks 12 in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50TM Program

GeoDigital International Inc. is named one of Canada’s fastest growing technology companies in the 15th annual Deloitte Technology Fast 50TM awards. The Fast 50 program recognizes the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Canada, based on the percentage of revenue growth over five years. GeoDigital International’s increase in revenues of 1077% percent from 2007 to 2011 resulted in a number 12 ranking.

“Canadian Fast 50 companies innovate, demonstrate entrepreneurship, create jobs, and invest in R&D,” said Richard Lee, National Leader, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Group, Deloitte.

“GeoDigital International is an example of a company that shows passion, determination and drive that are so important for growth in the Canadian technology sector.”

GeoDigital International’s CEO Alastair Jenkins commented, “The credit for this achievement goes to our team for their dedication and focus on meeting our customer’s needs”. He went on to say, “The Company’s 1077% percent revenue growth over the past 5 years has been achieved by addressing the needs of the energy and infrastructure industries for timely, actionable airborne geospatial information.

Our technology and software as a service offering has become the benchmark for electrical utilities in North America and the standard for service and quality that others aspire to achieve.”

Now in its 15th year, the Deloitte Technology Fast 50TM program recognizes leaders in the Canadian technology industry and tracks the successful growth of Canadian-grown global leaders. The program augments the broader Deloitte North American Technology Fast 500™ initiative, with winners automatically eligible for this elite ranking.

To qualify for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50TM ranking, companies must have been in business for at least five years, have revenues of at least $5 million, be headquartered in Canada, own proprietary technology, and conduct research and development activities in Canada. A panel of industry experts evaluate and judge companies based on four key criteria: competitive advantage; size, growth, and market attractiveness; management effectiveness and organization; and financial performance.

About the Deloitte Technology Fast 50TM – The Deloitte Technology Fast 50TM program is Canada’s pre-eminent technology awards program. Celebrating business growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, the program features four distinct categories including the Technology Fast 50TM Ranking, Companiesto-Watch Awards (early-stage Canadian tech companies in business less than five years, with the potential to be a future Deloitte Technology Fast 50TM candidate,) Leadership Awards (companies that demonstrate technological leadership in four industry subcategories: hardware/semiconductor, software, telecommunications and emerging technologies) and the Deloitte Technology Green 15TM Awards
(Canada’s leading Greentech companies that promote a more efficient use and re-use of the earth’s resources in industrial production and consumption.) Program sponsors include Deloitte, Gowlings,
Wellington Financial, TMX Group, HUB International HKMB, National Angel Capital Organization, CVCA, MaRS and IGLOO Software. For further information, visit www.fast50.ca.

About GeoDigital International
GeoDigital International provides utilities and other distributed asset industries with industry leading, geospatial information management solutions. With one of the largest fleets of airborne/mobile LiDAR and digital imaging sensor systems in North America we collect and process data under the most challenging project schedules and conditions. Our custom designed, enterprise software products are then tailored to meet the specific business workflow needs of our customers, including the ability to support mobile workforces in real time. As these needs change GeoDigital continuously improves our services with the goal of delivering timely, mission critical geospatial information systems that increase efficiency and reduce risk. To better support our customers we have offices strategically located throughout Canada and the United States. GeoDigital currently employs over 250 people.

GeoDigital Acquires Powel, Inc.

Leading LiDAR and data acquisition firm purchases U.S. assets of Powel AS to fortify market leading position in utility vegetation management

Norway’s Powel AS today sold the assets of its U.S. subsidiary Powel, Inc., to digital mapping, imaging and data acquisition services firm GeoDigital International Inc. The deal strengthens GeoDigital’s position as a leading provider of distributed infrastructure management solutions and expands its leading position in the fast growing utility vegetation management and Transmission Line Re-rating marketplace.

GeoDigital, with offices across the U.S. and Canada, has acquired the mobile work management product line of Powel, Inc., including the WorkStudio® application suite for managing utility field design, vegetation maintenance, outage recovery and mapping. All current Powel, Inc., employees, software assets, customers and facilities will form a new software and analytics division GeoDigital Solutions, Inc. The division will be responsible for software development and the integration of complementary technologies into turnkey enterprise solutions for utilities and other asset intensive industries including rail, oil and gas, transportation, and telecommunications.

“WorkStudio, with its market leading stakeout field design and vegetation management capabilities, represents the unifying system technology that our customers have been asking for,” said GeoDigital president and CEO Alastair N. Jenkins, in explaining the rationale for the acquisition. “This acquisition brings us an unrivalled capability and portfolio to cost-effectively transform data collected from our leading edge services into actionable, money saving solutions for our customers. WorkStudio has been designed from the ground up for distributed linear asset environments and utility design and vegetation management functions, but we also see immense opportunity in other industries with heavy asset management and right-of-way maintenance needs.”

GeoDigital integrates the world’s most advanced imaging and data acquisition technologies to perform airborne and ground mapping services with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for applications that include vegetation management and line rating & clearance analysis. Powel’s applications, such as its leading StakeOut® field design and VegWorks® vegetation maintenance tools, are able to quickly format spatial data collected by the GeoDigital systems into highly
detailed asset inventories for field maintenance planning, execution and regulatory compliance reporting.

The combined organization will employ about 250 people across Canada and the U.S. GeoDigital Solutions will maintain all current facilities, including the St. Paul, Minn., headquarters of Powel. All existing sales and support structures will remain and GeoDigital Solutions will support all existing Powel, Inc., products, customers and long term support commitments.

“This combination is an optimal fit from technical and strategic standpoints,” said Powel, Inc., CEO, Scott Rogers, who will join the executive staff of GeoDigital International as senior vice president and head of the GeoDigital Solutions software and analytics division. “The combination provides customers an unmatched maintenance value by giving them greater situational awareness of their assets to increase reliability while minimizing risk. Current and
future customers will be excited by the possibilities.”

About Powel, Inc.
Powel, Inc., (www.powelinc.com) headquartered in St. Paul, MN, delivers software solutions that realize our mission of “Helping Utilities Work Smarter.” Powel WorkStudio is a Mobile Work Management platform with office-based analysis that helps utilities work smarter through the entire asset lifecycle, from design to construction to service, including right-of-way clearance, maintenance and storm assessment. WorkStudio incorporates Powel’s industry leading
StakeOut field design application.

About GeoDigital International Inc.
GeoDigital International Inc. and its predecessor companies have a 20-year history in airborne mapping for the utility industry, providing leading-edge solutions for mapping, vegetation inspection and line rating and clearance analysis services to customers across around the world. With offices located throughout Canada and the United States, GeoDigital has mapped more than 480,000 km (nearly 300,000 miles) and more than 1,800,000 structures worldwide
making GeoDigital the leader for corridor mapping in North America. For more information please visit www.geodigital.com