JEA Implements Next Generation web-GIS with POWER Engineers and Orion Technology

HAILEY, IDAHO, USA and RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO, CANADA - MARCH 13, 2006 - POWER Engineers, Inc. and Orion Technology Inc. announced today that they have recently completed their first collaborative project, implementing a next generation web-GIS for JEA in Jacksonville, Florida. This multi-million dollar project brought the two companies together, with POWER providing the implementation and support for Orion's out-of-the-box web-GIS solution OnPoint™.

JEA is the eighth largest community-owned electric utility in America, providing electricity, water and sewer services to more than 877,000 accounts in northeast Florida. The JEA electric system currently serves more than 390,000 customers in Jacksonville and parts of three adjacent counties. JEA's water system serves more than 279,000 water customers and 208,000 sewer customers, or more than 80 percent of all water and sewer utility customers in their service area.

JEA's water and sewer network had been mapped on an ESRI platform since 2001, and JEA had recently converted their electric and landbase data to ESRI format as well. With hundreds of customer care consultants working daily to maintain customer satisfaction, and hundreds of other employees dedicated to keeping the business running smoothly, JEA identified a need to serve centrally linked and controlled GIS data to the masses. JEA's lead contractor, POWER Engineers, identified Orion Technology and their OnPoint™ web-GIS solution to provide this service.

POWER Engineers is recognized internationally for providing innovative, state-of-the-art consulting solutions in a number of markets including power transmission and distribution. POWER also offers custom GIS solutions for the utilities, local government and telecommunications markets. They chose Orion's out-of-the-box OnPoint™ web-GIS product for its ease of use and configuration. JEA is using their web-GIS solution company-wide to increase customer satisfaction by reducing response time.

"We are really excited to be a part of the team for the JEA project." stated Faizal Hasham, Director of Sales and Marketing for Orion Technology. "POWER Engineers' expertise and technical skills combined with the functionality and scalability of OnPoint™ has provided the basis for the success of this project."

Response to Web-GIS
"We started with a custom solution and found that OnPoint™ did most if not all of what we were looking for with an out-of-the-box software. We have been thoroughly impressed with Orion's support staff and the software speaks for itself." said John Terry, POWER's Project Manager.

About POWER Engineers

Founded in 1976, POWER Engineers is a global engineering consulting firm specializing in energy, facilities and communications projects. POWER is employee-owned with offices throughout the United States and abroad. With two recently opened offices in Houston, Texas and Anaheim, California, POWER now boasts 14 domestic offices as well as offices in Chile, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

To find out more about POWER Engineers, visit

About Orion Technology Inc.

Orion Technology, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, is a technology consulting and services integration company, specializing in web-GIS. Orion's focus is on helping organizations incorporate spatial technology into all facets of their businesses. Orion's wealth of knowledge in the GIS domain and top-notch GIS software-development expertise has been showcased with its award-winning flagship product OnPoint™. OnPoint™ is enjoying growing support in the GIS community, both domestically and internationally, as a standard for providing geographic data through intuitive Internet and Intranet web-based user interfaces. OnPoint™ provides out-of-the-box implementation capabilities, powerful administration tools for customizing and managing the web portal, and unparalleled data-integration features. Orion's easy-to-use Web-GIS products and custom application development services have helped Orion achieve phenomenal success in securing and delivering projects for reputable clients worldwide - from small organizations to entire countries.

To find out more about Orion and its products, visit

Contact Information:

Nickie Duff
GIS Project Technical Coordinator
POWER Engineers
+1 (208) 685-6313
Email Contact

Marla Maniacco
Communications Coordinator
Orion Technology Inc.
+1 (905) 508-6900
Email Contact

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