The Wire - July 2015

Version 26

    Welcome to The Wire

    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.

    Quick links

    Join us at the Esri User Conference in San DiegoTips and tricks: changing compatible units (CUs) in ArcFM Designer
    Adding advanced weather insight to ArcFM Responder OMS
    Upcoming events...
    Ensure greater mobile collaboration and workforce efficiency


    In this issue...


    Join us at the Esri User Conference in San Diego


    We’re proud to be an active participant in the Esri User Conference — it’s a great opportunity to meet key members from the Esri team, as well as our own. You’ll have a chance to learn tips and tricks from other Esri partners and users from all over the world, across a multitude of industries. Network with your peers and meet new friends. Share ideas and more.



    Visit our booth

    Stop by booth 2201 to see our latest offerings. If you would like to set up a meeting or a demo in advance for a chance to win a Microsoft Surface tablet, go to Esri UC 2015 or contact Kara Cutter.


    Get social

    Please join us for our annual business update and cocktail reception at the Esri User Conference in San Diego on Sunday, July 19 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.


    Come and see first-hand our strong commitment to the utility GIS space. You'll discover all of the great enhancements we've made to the ArcFM™ Solution suite of products (GIS Products). Our recent 10.2.1b release focuses on increased performance, enabling and improving work, and increased flexibility and mobility. Plus, we will be looking ahead and sharing our plans/solution roadmap for the future. R.S.V.P. today!


    And more...

    Check out the Esri UC 2015 space to see the times and details of our customer presentations and sponsored events on Tuesday, July 21.







    back to top »



    Adding advanced weather insight to ArcFM Responder OMS

    With an increase in extreme weather, aging assets, and growing demand, many utilities are seeking ways to help efficiently and reliably manage their distribution network outages. As the market becomes more competitive and regulations advance, outages are also becoming more costly. To help, we’re offering integrated weather intelligence, including real-time data, which can easily be paired with our Responder outage management solution.


    With this insight, you can:

    • Safely and strategically preposition crews
    • Quickly perform damage assessments
    • Restore service immediately after a storm passes
    • Identify infrastructure weaknesses and make improvements
    • Boost customer satisfaction by reducing outage times


    Our WeatherSentry® Web Services are REST map services, designed to OGC standard GIS platforms and compatible with common Esri tools and development environments. This ensures that your programmers have a standard way to quickly and easily bring in outside valuable, commercially-oriented weather data for your own use in your own applications and websites.



    Gain more insight into the impact of weather by visualizing weather events on top of your asset infrastructure.




    back to top »




    Ensure greater mobile collaboration and workforce efficiency


    Today, many of the biggest operational challenges utilities and communications companies face are magnified by the use of disparate field data systems. Using different applications for different tasks can slow service restoration, create efficiency issues for field crews and systems administrators alike, and even slow your technology upgrade path.


    From performing inspections to responding to customer calls to assessing storm damage, it is critical that your crews be able to quickly and reliably communicate with your office regarding details and events in the field. In addition, in order to ensure the success of various field-based tasks, each job requires the right tools. Yet, working with many disparate solutions can lead to its own set of problems.


    With a unified mobile solution, you can:

    • Save time during damage assessment and restoration
    • Reduce the likelihood of mistakes due to unfamiliar tools
    • Quickly and easily cross-train your crews
    • Enhance your response to a number of common problems


    Read our white paper: Ensuring Greater Efficiency and Collaboration Through a Unified Mobile Solution to learn more, including how you can streamline administration, boost productivity, and more.




    back to top »


    Tips and tricks: changing compatible units (CUs) in ArcFM Designer


    Mistakes happen, but if you made a correct sketch of a design component and happened to use the wrong CU, all is not lost. No need to delete your work and start over. Instead, use the “Change CU” shortcut to swap out the incorrect CU.


    Using the design tab, choose the CUs that you would like to replace. You can select more than one CU at a time by holding down the Ctrl key. Just right click on any of the highlighted CUs and then choose Change CU.




    The selected CU window will pre-filter your CU library by the subtype. Pre-filtering saves time; instead of searching through the thousands of CUs in your company’s library, you are directed to the dozen or so CUs that fit the appropriate subtype. After finding the desired CU, click on “Apply.” Just like that, you get to keep your existing sketch while bringing in the correct CUs.



    back to top »





    Upcoming events...

    Esri User Conference

    July 20-24, 2015

    Booth 2201

    San Diego Convention Center







    Mark your calendar...

    Link 2016
    March 1-3, 2016

    Embassy Conference Center

    Loveland, Colorado

    More details to come!

    back to top »


    Give us your feedback

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

    Don't miss an issue

    Sign up to ensure that you receive future issues of The Wiresubscribe today »


    The Wire • July 2015 • Schneider Electric