Improved customer experience

Electricity Network Capacity Mapping

Critical planning decisions

Western Power is a Western Australian State Government owned corporation with the purpose of connecting people with electricity in a safe, reliable and affordable manner. Western Power builds, maintains and operates the electricity network in the South-West corner of Western Australia. The Western Power Network forms the vast majority of the South West Interconnected Network (SWIN), which together with all of the electricity generators comprises the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).

On a daily basis, many commercial organisations from industries such as property development, engineering, building and construction require information on Western Power’s network to make critical planning decisions around existing and future electricity infrastructure. 

Improved customer experience through accurate live data

Western Power's main challenge was providing its customers with accurate information for feasibility studies and cost estimates within the short time frames required by various stakeholders. The way in which these businesses previously accessed and managed key information was through a laborious and time consuming paper-based submission process. Land developers needed better access to information that provides an understanding of the power requirements for a particular area, and to identify new capacity constraints for potential developments.

NGIS worked with Western Power to develop the Network Capacity Mapping Tool (NCMT) - a geospatial map viewer built on Google Maps. NCMT was developed in collaboration with the Department of Planning and the Western Australian Planning Commission. It provides access to Western Power’s electricity network planning information, including a 20 year outlook of the annual forecast remaining capacity available at Western Power zone substations. This enables the customer to view Western Power’s current and proposed electrical network and understand how this may affect their development plans and investment options. 

Network Capacity Mapping Tool has established new benchmark for interagency cooperation.

Avril Thomson, Associate at Cossill & Webley Consulting Engineers

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