The Wire - July 2017

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    An e-newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date on ArcFM™ solutions and GIS trends, issues, and ideas that are important to busy utility and telecom professionals.

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    Learn the Latest on ArcFM at GeoConX!

     

    We are proud to be a top-level Emerald  Sponsor of Esri’s GeoConX!


    Join us in Chicago September 5-8 where professionals from Esri’s Electric and Gas User Group and Telecommunications  User Group converge to network, collaborate and learn as a community!


    You’ll find us at booth #302, just  inside the entrance. Stop by to learn the latest on the ArcFM XI Series Solution, the next generation of ArcFM.  Book a meeting or demo ahead of time and you’ll also be entered for a chance to win an Apple Watch!


    We also invite you to attend our informative conference presentation sessions including, “A First Look at Implementing the Utility Network at Truckee Donner”, “Mobile GIS for Gas Operation at the Energy Coop”, and “Building Your ArcFM XI".

     

    Plus, join us for a Schneider Electric hosted evening cruise aboard the Mystic Blue from 7 to 9:30 PM on Wednesday, September 6. There will be a DJ, games, dinner and beverages provided aboard a private deck!


      Go  here to book a meeting or demo, get details on our presentation sessions, and RSVP for the evening cruise!


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    The Next Level of Utility-Scale Mobile with ArcFM Mobile 3.2

     

    We are excited to announce ArcFM Mobile v3.2 for Windows, which  takes mobile  GIS to a whole new level of simplicity and efficiency!
     
    At its core, ArcFM Mobile enables collaboration between the field and office – all  while supporting the scalability requirements for utilities of any size. From offline tracing to configurable searches, it provides more capabilities and near real-time, intuitive access to data in the field that helps increase  productivity and safety.


    The  all-new network tracing capabilities include:


    • Electric isolation tracing: Providing safety  and impact information, including upstream protective devices, tie points, and  downstream-affected customers
    • Gas isolation tracing: Delivering safety and impact information such as isolation valves and affected customers, with  options to ignore valves and place squeeze-offs
    • A one-click user experience: Simply tap an asset and isolation results will appear
    • Full offline support: Users can trace the network anytime and anywhere – with fast results
    • Minimal configuration: By leveraging your existing Feeder Manager implementation

     

    Plus, configurable searches with full offline support help users get the data they need:


    • Google-style searches: Minimal text entry in a single box to accelerate access to asset data
    • Quick and easy configuration: Just a few  clicks enables the searches relevant to each map, thus giving end-users only  the search tools they need for their job
    • Multiple search targets: A user's search text can be applied to multiple fields and multiple layers, allowing  consolidation of search tools

     

    For more details about these and other ArcFM Mobile enhancements, check out the Webinar  “What’s New in ArcFM 10.2.1d and ArcFM Mobile 3.2

     

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    Big Efficiencies Make for Happy Linemen and Admins at Vero Beach

     

    How many complaints do you hear from linemen or GIS admins about out-of-date maps or frustrating and slow map sharing processes?


    The City of Vero Beach in Florida was spending $4,000 per year on map book printing, along with $1,000 per year on individual map page updates. Nonetheless, too many maps were out of date or missing information, which slowed crew’s productivity and increased the time needed to prepare for storms.


    With ArcFM Mobile, field crews have fast and intuitive access to data - anywhere and anytime, online and offline.  Vero Beach implemented ArcFM Mobile in 2015 and went offline with it in 2016. Now, their linemen always have the latest GIS information on their iPad and at their fingertips. In offline mode, data access is reliable, fast and responsive because it is stored on the device instead of streamed.  Once a map is downloaded, ArcFM Mobile syncs incremental updates with the enterprise.


    With ArcFM Mobile, Vero Beach has  achieved…


    • 80 percent cut in storm preparation time
    • The near-elimination of paper maps
    • More productive and happy linemen and admins!

     

    To learn more about the City of Vero Beach’s experience and about the new tracking tools, you can view  the original presentation given at Link 2017.

     

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    In the News: What to Consider when Preparing for the Utility Network

     

    To prepare for the transition to the Utility Network, your organization will need to  address several questions regarding your current operations and systems. In a  recent article, our own Matt Crooks outlines key considerations when preparing  for the Utility Network, including integrations, the user experience, personalized  processes and more!


    Go here to read Matt’s full article in Directions Magazine.

     

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    Get a Head Start Testing ArcGIS Pro with ArcFM Data!

     

    We know many of you are  thinking about the change management that will be required when migrating from ArcGIS Desktop and the Geometric Network to ArcGIS Pro and the Utility Network.  Some of you even want to start preparing now, and are asking whether it’s  possible to test ArcGIS Pro with the ArcFM Data.

     

    The good news: Yes it is!


    In this blog  post, Juul Dijkstra discusses multiple methods that will help you get a  head start on testing ArcGIS  Pro along with other recommendations, such as testing the Utility Network Beta.  Plus, if you are ready to test with the Utility Network in ArcGIS Pro, we are launching our ArcFM Editor XI Alpha program to collect your feedback. More information will be posted on the Alpha program soon!


    Read the full  article

     

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    Get More from ArcFM Web with Workflows

     

    Creating workflows puts the data you need at your fingertips, but are you doing it in the most efficient way?


    In this recorded webinar, we take a closer look at how to construct a workflow using ArcFM Web and Workflow Designer. We discuss a simple query task, zooming, selecting, the ArcFM Web Electric Tracing activities, and more.


    For instance, Workflow Designer’s intuitive drag-and-drop layout allows you to drop activities into your palette and string them together to create a workflow. Each activity includes several different properties, but you can speed up the query by ignoring the fields that are irrelevant to your query and only asking for those you need. This reduces the amount of data being pulled from the database and gives you faster, better performance.


    Ready to learn how to use workflows more efficiently? View  the full, recorded webinar!

     

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    Tips and Tricks: Fundamental Editing Tools

     

    Sometimes  the most essential, daily-use tools and procedures aren’t taught to new employees, even at utilities and telecoms that have been using ArcFM for years.  In this month’s Tips  and Tricks, we’ll make sure you are sketching with the best tools and processes that ArcFM has to offer.
     
    For  example, any new installation of ArcMap software defaults to the mini Editor toolbar instead of the Classic Editor toolbar. The Classic Editor toolbar offers more functionality, but the differences go even deeper: The  underlying feature creation process differs between the two toolbars; the mini toolbar uses "Esri feature templates" (not to be confused with ArcFM  Feature Templates, which do not alter the underlying feature creation process).

    Although useful in other industries, Esri feature templates do not benefit ArcFM users and slightly slow performance.


    Classic  Editor Toolbar
      Toolbars - Editor old school

    Default  Editor Toolbar
      Toolbars - Editor new style - While sketching


    Don't just add buttons to the mini Editor toolbar to imitate the Classic Editor toolbar or you'll still be using Esri feature templates under the surface!  Instead, make the toolbar switch to gain the performance benefits. After changing the toolbar, the next time you open ArcMap you will need to display the Editor toolbar again (Customize menu > Toolbars > Editor). Now the  Classic Editor toolbar should appear, and you will get the best available feature creation software performance.


    Click  here to  get more details on switching toolbars and for more tips on fundamental editing tools!

     

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    Upcoming Events

     

    GeoConx
      September 5-8, 2017
      Chicago, Illinois


    European Utility Week
      October 3-5, 2017
      Amsterdam


    Link 2018
      February 26 – March 1, 2018
      Loveland, Colorado


    The  Call for Papers for Link 2018 is open now through October 1! Submit  here.

     

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    Please let us know how we can make this newsletter more helpful. Email your comments to Chris Friede.

     

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    The WireFebruary 2017• Schneider Electric