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UtiliCorp United Selects Smallworld Design Manager As Its Design Automation Platform

Software to Support the Planning, Design, and Build Process for 25,000 Facility Design jobs per Year Denver, CO (January 3, 2002) - GE Network Solutions, a leading supplier of network solutions to the electric, gas, and water utilities, announced today that its Smallworld Design Manager software has been selected by UtiliCorp United (UtiliCorp) to help the company manage and standardize its facility design process at more that 70 field offices.

GE Network Solutions, a business unit within GE Power Systems, was recently created from the integration of three GE companies – GE Smallworld, GE Harris, and sofion – to provide customers with comprehensive, enterprise-wide network design, operations and management solutions.

Dave O’Brien, Utilities & Public Systems Leader at GE Network Solutions, says, “GE Smallworld and UtiliCorp have been strategic partners for several years now. UtiliCorp’s key input into our on-going product requirements has resulted in many product line enhancements that have benefited all of our customers. We are extremely pleased that they have chosen to extend their implementation with Design Manager. UtiliCorp’s experience integrating design tools with GIS and work management ahs generated many key enhancements to the latest release of Design Manager. UtiliCorp’s detailed review and subsequent purchase of Design Manager is a testament to the superior design and functionality offered by our applications.”

The Design Manager product will provide complete support for the constructions planning, design, and build functions at UtiliCorp. The product is built upon GE Network Solutions’ proven AM/FM/GIS database management technology, already in use at UtiliCorp.

Carol Keeney, Applications Manger for Energy Delivery Applications at UtiliCorp, said, “Our experience with GE Smallworld as a strategic partner has enabled UtiliCorp to move to Design Manger. Our existing design platform kept us form achieving our full potential of automation benefits. Design Manger will enable UtiliCorps’s U.S. utility to achieve full automation benefits by deploying a more fully functional design tool. We are excited about teaming with GE Network Solutions on this effort.

GE Network Solutions North American Utilities & Public Systems (UPS) Services will assist UtiliCorp with its Design Manger implementation and roll out. The services group will work with UtiliCorp to integrate Design Manager with UtiliCorp’s work management system. Design Manager will be rolled out to more that 200 UtiliCorp drafters and designers at the utility who plan and manage approximately 25,000 design jobs each year. UtiliCorp will use a phased approach for rolling Design Manager out to 71 remote offices, beginning with a pilot implementation with a select set of key users.

UtiliCorp United (NYSE:UCU) is an international, growth-oriented energy and services company based in Kansas City, Missouri. The company serves about 4 million customers across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. For 1999, it was ranked the second-largest wholesale marketer of electiricity in the U.S. and the third-largest marketer of natural gas. On the fortune 500 list, UtiliCorp ranked 60th based on 2000 sales. The company is also included in Fortune’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies as the fourth most admired utility.