3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 18, 2015 2:56 PM by Jason Hickerson

    Multiple Meter Service Panels

    Jason Hickerson

      How is everyone else out there handling multiple meter service panels (4+ meters) in thier data. Right now when we encounter these panels we connect each service point to a busbar which then connects to the secondary service feeding the building (attached image). We are starting to collect GPS coordinates through an AMI project which may be used to update service locations, and were interested to know what others did when they came across these types of panels.

       

      Basically we are trying to find a good way to maintain the graphical display of each service point while somehow integrating the AMI GPS coordinates. Things we have considered are representations, or taking the AMI GPS coordinates and populating a seperate field in the service point feature class.

       

      Jason

      GIS Specialist

      Chugach Electric

        • Re: Multiple Meter Service Panels
          Josh Pritt

          The way I've seen several of our customers model this is by creating a subtype of their ServicePoint feature class as "meter bank" or "multi meter" or "MUD".  Then this service point will have more than one METER object record related to it with the Service Point - Meter relationship class.  So the GIS coordinates are only tracked down to the actual bank/panel itself.  This makes it follow the same bank/unit modeling of transformers and capacitors, etc.  If you are modeling the meter as individual point features instead of child object records of the service point feature then that brings up the problem seen in the image you attached. 

          If anyone else models this in this way feel free to correct me or add your comments here.

            • Re: Multiple Meter Service Panels

              My preference has always been to have multi-meter service panels operate using the bank/unit model, but this does pose it's own set of challenges.  The largest challenges for customers implement this approach typically revolve around wanting to maintain spatial information about the unit records (which can be accomplished by using fields on the related records) or those who wish to see information about individual meters on the map (i.e. critical customers, safety issues, etc) but this can be mitigated with a label or annotation to convey this information (which typically requires an integration or autoupdater to maintain).

            • Re: Multiple Meter Service Panels
              Jason Hickerson

              Thank you for the ideas, it gives me some more to think about.

               

              Jason