The Wire - August 2015

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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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    Missed the 2015 Esri User Conference? Catch up here!New partnership with ESC Engineering — ArcFM Service Offerings for Small Utilities!
    City of Vero Beach Goes MobileTips and tricks: template favorites
    Schneider Electric Receives Esri ArcGIS Online Specialty Partner DesignationUpcoming events...
    Congratulations to Nova Scotia Power — Esri’s 2015 SAG Award Winner


    In this issue...



    Missed the 2015 Esri User Conference? Catch up here!

    Once again, the Esri User Conference lived up to its reputation of terrific networking, insightful sessions and lots of lessons learned! The Schneider Electric ArcFM team met with engaged attendees and our sessions’ participants were eager to learn about the latest product advances!


    More than 250 customers and partners joined us for our annual Sunday evening reception and business update. The time was packed with updates about the latest on our ArcFM solutions and roadmaps of what lies ahead.

    Most notably, our latest release, ArcFM 10.2.1b, generated a lot of buzz about its powerful functionality and enhancements, including:

    • New patterns so ArcFM Feeder Manager 2 can work with your customizations
    • More restoration workflows in ArcFM Responder, along with dozens of updates as requested by users
    • Weather web services integrated into ArcFM Responder, giving dispatchers the world’s most accurate weather forecasting tool for better crew routing and safety
    • New capabilities in ArcFM Designer making it easier for designers to sort and group their materials while drafting
    • High resolution printing within the Microsoft® Silverlight® Web viewer
    • Improved mobility — new ArcFM Mobile apps include offline viewing and redlining

    Attendees also got a close look at our winter agenda, which will bring some very exciting new offerings and capabilities:

    • New HTML5 web viewer for utility and telcos — in partnership with Latitiude Geographics to provide utility specific web viewer
    • Responder thin client to view and manage your incidents, crews, and reports
    • New capabilities for smart network design
    • Designer HFC — exciting new solution for coax design
    • An all new ArcFM Data Management product based on the latest Esri technology
    • New network model that adds to the GIS network model and turns it into an engineering network model, providing a backbone for our advanced network management tools


    Be sure to check out the GIS Products space to view our concise and helpful set of best practices providing guidance and leadership to help you get the most from your ArcFM solution.




    A huge thank you to all of our customers and partners for your continued support and feedback! It was great connecting with so many of you in San Diego!



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    mobile_sidebar3.jpgCity of Vero Beach Goes Mobile

    Like many municipalities, the City of Vero Beach relied on outdated, costly and cumbersome paper maps and schematics. Learn how it leveraged ArcFM Mobile to unify processes, exchange information faster and improve operations!


    As a way to unify these disparate processes, allow for better exchange of information and support efficient operations, Vero Beach has implemented ArcFM Mobile on top of the ArcFM Solution for Electric Utilities that they have been using for 7 years.


    With this new mobile solution, they have extended the value of their existing Enterprise GIS investment adding  focused, intuitive tools that give field crews real-time access to geospatial data and work instruction in an easy to use digital interface so they know exactly what work to perform, where it’s located, and can easily communicate work status and results.


    Additionally, ArcFM Mobile has helped save money in a variety of ways, the most immediate of which was eliminating the need to print maps of the city’s entire system in advance of Hurricane season.


    “We used to print 200-some page booklets that mapped our entire system,” said Weber. “It cost close to $5,000 and was outdated the moment it was distributed.”


    Additionally, ArcFM Mobile has reduced costs by minimizing infrastructure needs, implementation timeframes and maintenance requirements for mobility. The new system was up and running within days thanks to Schneider Electric’s Client Services team that helped with easy configuration, a hosted deployment model and use of existing GIS and security systems.


    “It was a seamless implementation. Schneider Electric’s team is very knowledgeable and always available if you have questions. It’s been a great experience,” said Weber. “In the future, we’re looking to continue to make ourselves more efficient, to increase the safety of our line crews, and mostly reduce our response time to outages by building a cohesive database that will benefit everyone in the T&D department.”


    Want to learn more about how your business can benefit through increased mobility? Attend our upcoming webinar:


    Key Strategies for Building a Unified Approach to Mobility

    Thursday, August 27, 10 a.m. PT


    Discover how you can:

    • More quickly provision additional internal crews for damage assessment
    • Streamline how you import data into the GIS
    • Simplify maintenance and increase efficiency with only one system to maintain
    • Plus live Q&A!




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    arcgis_sidebar.jpgSchneider Electric Receives Esri ArcGIS Online Specialty Partner Designation

    We are excited to receive the “ArcGIS Online Specialty Partner Designation,” which recognizes our comprehensive understanding and ability to help customers achieve success with ArcGIS Online and the ArcGIS Platform!



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    nspower_sidebar.jpgCongratulations to Nova Scotia Power — Esri’s 2015 SAG Award Winner

    Schneider Electric extends a warm congratulations to our customer, Nova Scotia Power, the 2015 recipient of the Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award!


    In 2009, Nova Scotia Power embarked on a three-year GIS connectivity project that allowed them to develop an accurate digital representation of its expansive distribution network. They also converted existing datasets of their utility land base, customer locations and infrastructure and developed a centralized web-based portal to make this data available to all business units. The portal connects various applications, including Nova Scotia Power’s outage management system and customer databases.


    As a result, various departments have successfully implemented numerous ArcFM-based applications and services to facilitate sustainability, increased efficiency, improved system reliability, rapid outage response and improved regulatory reporting.


    Congratulations on an outstanding achievement!

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    esc_sidebar.jpgNew partnership with ESC Engineering – ArcFM Service Offerings for Small Utilities!

    As part of our new partnering model, ESC Engineering supports smaller utilities with the approach, attention and pricing structures designed specifically for this market segment. ESC also brings great depth and perspective to ArcFM solution development — their deep understanding of electrical engineering and the connections between GIS and core business issues help address some of the most challenging issues facing utilities.

    Through this partnership, ArcFM utility customers will benefit from:

    • Vast experience working with ArcFM and development of standardized and cost effective approaches for implementing ArcFM;
    • Leveraging electrical engineering expertise in developing the most effective GIS approach in support of the utility enterprise;
    • Working with a multitude of software platforms which integrate with systems such as CIS, EA, OMS, etc.
    • A personal, vested interest in the success of their clients and projects — ESC is an employee owned organization.


    We are excited about this new partnership and the benefit it will bring to small utilities.



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    icon_tools_yellow_white_80x78.pngTips and tricks: Template Favorites

    Include specific offsets in your Template Favorite in order to follow your company's mapping standards easily and seamlessly. For example, if you always sketch a relief valve on a service pipe exactly 8 feet from the distribution main, embed the 8 foot offset into the Template Favorite. This is much easier than manually measuring the offset, which could lead to error and inconsistency.


    When editing the Template Favorite, click on the Relief Valve and then click on its Offset tab.  There, specify the known offset, in this case 8 feet along the service pipe.



    Notice that the relief valve is still set to the first click point (1). With the offset turned on, the valve will not be placed directly on the 1st click but 8 feet away from it. And don't worry, the valve is indeed snapped to the pipe.






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    Upcoming GIS Events

    OSP Expo 2015

    September 2-3, 2015

    Denver, Colorado


    2015 Esri Electric and Gas GIS Conference (EGUG)

    October 5-8, 2015

    Providence, Rhode Island

    Booth # 408




    Cable-Tec Expo 2015

    October 13-16, 2015

    New Orleans, Louisiana


    Link 2016

    March 1-3, 2016

    Loveland, Colorado

    submit abstract for Link 2016  »

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    The Wire • August 2015 • Schneider Electric