FortisBC needed a more efficient way to assess the current wildfire threat to its gas and electric assets, including its customers so that their Operations Managers could take immediate action.

The GIS team created an FME workflow that integrates active wildfire data (obtained from the provincial government BC Wildfire Branch via DataBC) into their GE Smallworld environment. The FME Server runs automatically every two hours to match the frequency that the source dataset is updated. The output is made available on the server for Operations Managers and Emergency Responders to access via VPN as drawings, reports, plots, Excel files, and KMZ files.

The system makes this integrated view of wildfires and assets available for better decision making, while saving time gathering data for both the first responders and the GIS team.

FortisBC is the largest natural gas utility and second largest electrical utility in the province of British Columbia, Canada. FortisBC has 1,000,000 gas customers and 170,000 electric customers.

“Using FME Server, the system runs nicely. We don’t need to babysit it.” -- Piet Nooij, FortisBC