SOURCE: Knovel


December 14, 2009 08:30 ET

Major U.S. Utility Taps Knovel's Trusted Technical Information

Knovel Helps Engineers to Solve Complex Problems Faster; Increases Efficiency of Technical Decisions

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 14, 2009) - Knovel, an online resource that helps engineers find reliable technical information faster, today announced that Southern Company, an Atlanta-based energy company serving the Southeast, has selected Knovel and Knovel Math for fast access to validated engineering content and interactive tools that increase productivity.

Southern Company's Engineering and Construction Services organization has a strong core of internal expertise -- including engineering, procurement and construction capabilities -- that is unique among integrated utilities. The organization has extensive engineering expertise in designing, building and managing large, complex projects, and it provides reliable, dependable and highly competitive business-driven technical solutions.

"Innovation, speed and quality are fundamental elements of the expertise our engineers bring to every project, so we continually look for the best resources available to increase efficiency and maintain a competitive advantage in terms of cost and productivity," said Carl Toner, project manager, Engineering and Construction Services, Southern Company. "Knovel's content is directly related to our business, so our engineers can quickly find relevant information and make efficient technology decisions. Furthermore, the interactive tables are valuable because we can incorporate them directly into reports. This is otherwise a tedious, manual process."

Knovel is the only solution specifically focused on the engineering community, offering an unmatched depth and breadth of validated engineering content aggregated from the most trusted sources. The value of Knovel's content is extended by optimized search and data analysis tools, enabling engineers to not only easily find relevant data but also analyze, document and incorporate it into their everyday work.

Because structural calculations are important aspects of their work, Southern Company has developed expertise utilizing Mathcad® for solving mathematical equations. Southern Company enhanced their Knovel subscription by including Knovel Math, a new product that delivers engineering reference content directly into the Mathcad work environment. Southern Company's engineers can enter custom values into the worksheets to calculate solutions without investing the hours normally required to generate the equations themselves.

"As a utility that maintains a high-caliber internal engineering team, Southern Company has projects and needs that closely match many of the other top engineering firms that rely heavily upon Knovel," said Chris Forbes, Knovel president and CEO. "We offer extensive resources that design and construction engineers depend upon for the design and maintenance stages of their projects. We are pleased that Southern Company has recognized the value of Knovel, and its engineers are quickly adopting it."

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Knovel is an online resource that helps engineers find reliable technical information faster. Knovel's reliable content, optimized search and interactive tools, help engineers solve problems faster by providing answers engineers can trust, in turn helping organizations increase the productivity of their engineering staff. Knovel has thousands of users worldwide. Customers include 70 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than 300 leading universities. Founded in 2000, Knovel is a private company headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit or call (866) 303-3336.

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