The Wire - December 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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    Link 2018: New Track, Registration Details and More!


    Link 2018 is THE event for learning how to prepare for the utility industry’s biggest changes  and trends, along with maximizing the value of your Schneider Electric solutions!


    New this year: A track dedicated to the Utility Network and the ArcFM Solution XI Series!


    This new track will inform you on what’s coming, help you prepare and plan,and highlight the new features and capabilities of the ArcFM Solution XI Series:

    • Using the Utility Network’s editing and validation
    • Maps and apps
    • Managing feeders and zones
    • And much more!

    Plus, Link 2018 will again feature the popular Training Track and Partner Track, along with lots of customer sessions to provide insight into leveraging the maximum value of ArcFM.  At the Marketplace, you’ll be able to learn about and test offerings and capabilities, as well as talk with our experts. And as always, there will be networking and social events so you can forge deeper connections with colleagues and partners.


    We’ll be releasing the full agenda soon. In the meantime, get more details  and get registered now for Link 2018!


      Link 2018
      Feb. 26-March  2, 2018
      Loveland, CO
      Learn more


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    What’s the Buzz around ArcFM XI?


    The Utility Network will transform not just your organization but the entire industry; not just workflows but your entire approach to GIS data. In our latest webinar, we lay out our step-by-step plan to help get you to the Utility Network and the ArcFM Solution XI Series at your pace, with the least amount of disruption and maximum value.


    There’s a lot of buzz in the industry right now, so we asked webinar attendees about their worries and excitement around making the move to the Utility Network and ArcFM Editor XI, a tool focused on commissioning and editing design for GIS editors.


    Here’s what we learned…


    What proposed capability in ArcFM Editor XI is most important to you? (in order of priority)


    1.   Editing improvements including visual editing
    2.   Data quality and validation tools
    3.   Network interrogation capabilities
    4.   ADMS integration
    5.   ArcFM advanced domain asset package
    6.   Phase management solution for electric


    What aspect of moving to the Utility Network and ArcFM Editor XI keeps you up at night? (in order of priority)


    1. Software changes
    2. Integrations
    3. Data work
    4. Customizations
    5. Other
    6. Configurations (auto updaters, etc)
    7. Hardware changes
      Here at Schneider Electric, we are committed to a realistic, transparent assessment of when to move to the Utility Network and how to get there with ArcFM XI.


    View the webinar to hear more about our detailed blueprint that will help guide your transition to the Utility Network.


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    3.jpgWebinar: Introducing ArcFM Web Workflow 5!


    We’re excited  to announce the release of ArcFM Web Workflow 5!


    Join us for an introductory look at the new client-side workflows in ArcFM Web. We’ll cover:

    • The essentials of configuration and system requirements
    • The new Workflow 5 Designer, design patterns and execution steps
    • And more!


    Register now for this first webinar in a new ArcFM Web Workflow 5 series!


      Introducing ArcFM Web Workflow 5
    Wednesday,  December 13

      11:00 a.m. MT
      Register here


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    4.jpgUtilities Cut Response Times with Responder


    Utilities rely on Responder to detect, locate and fix outages faster, and that’s exactly what Lincoln Electric experienced when it moved from siloed legacy systems to Responder.  Crews’ awareness of where the outages occur and how to best respond has improved so much that the average response time has been cut by 1-2 days.


    For Rochester Public Utilities, one of the biggest benefits of Responder has been the move from paper-based to electronic outage management. No more paper piling up or getting lost. Instead,all outage information is entered into the database once  and shared instantly across the utility for a more accurate, consistent and efficient response plan.


    For Vero Beach, Responder is helping them better manage their crews, knowing who is at what location and what they are working on.


    To hear more  from Lincoln Electric, Rochester Public Utilities and Vero Beach about how they’ve improved their daily work with Responder, view the video!


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    6.jpgBook a Demo with us at DistribuTECH!


    DistribuTECH 2018 showcases the latest technologies for utilities, and Schneider Electric will be there! We’ll be featuring EcoStruxure Grid and how it unites our products and equipment with edge control solutions, along with the apps, analytics and services that maximize the value of your data.


    We’ll also be featuring our latest solutions, including:

    • ADMS, DER, OMS and SCADA
    • Asset Performance Management for Generation
    • Asset Performance Management for T&D
    • Connected Distribution Equipment
    • Digital Customer Engagement
    • GIS Solutions (including ArcFM Solution XI Series)
    • Intelligent Metering
    • Microgrid solutions

    Please join us for our expert-led sessions, including:

    • Successfully Implementing Large ADMS-OMS-Mobile Projects
    • Conservation Voltage Reduction at Santee Copper
    • Back to the Future Microgrids: Technology, Business and Financial Challenges


    We love meeting with attendees, discussing how to take their utility into the future and demonstrating our latest solutions for success. But calendars fill up fast – book your demo with us today!


      Learn more!
      Book a demo!


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    7.pngTips and Tricks: Finding Features and Locations


    Before you can edit a feature, you need to find it. The most popular ArcFM tool for finding specific features is the ArcFM Locator, Attribute Query, but there are many more specialized ArcFM and ArcMap tools to help you locate the features and places you need. Let’s take a look at one of these.


    Find  to Search All Layers
    Sometimes you need to find a specific value that might belong to features from different  layers. For example, some utilities assign the same FacilityID value to all features (pole, transformer, switch, etc.) at a specific geographic location.


    1. To search across all (or all visible) layers, click the Find tool on the Tools toolbar.
    2. When the Find window opens, go to the Features tab and enter the value you are looking for in the Find field.
    3. Choose whether to search all layers or just the layers that are currently visible. Note that if all of layers use the same name for the attribute you want to search for (e.g. "FacilityID"), then you can speed up the search by limiting it to a specific field. Otherwise, you can run the search on all attributes.
    4. Check the "Find features that are similar..." to  make this a contains search.  The Features tab search does not support wildcards.

    After you click Find, a list of matches appears at the bottom of the window. Right-click any match to Zoom to it, Select it, etc.

    Need more tips about finding features and locations? Check out the latest Tips and Tricks!


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    The WireDecember 2017• Schneider Electric