Hance Utility Services and The Sidwell Company Team to Provide Services to East Central Energy

March 05, 2008 -- St. Charles, IL – The Sidwell Company was selected by Hance Utility Services, Inc. of Buffalo, Minnesota to assist in providing technical services to East Central Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative serving over 57,000 homes, farms and businesses in east central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. In recent years, ECE went through multiple software upgrades and conversions, which affected the integrity of their mapping, outage management system, and property records. Recognizing the need to have the highest quality data available at all times, ECE selected Hance Utility Services to conduct an asset inventory to include the tagging and collection of precise map coordinates for each pole and/or pad-mounted device, each member’s meter location coordinates, and underground distribution line coordinates.

Using ESRI®’s ArcPad® and ArcPad® Application Builder, Sidwell’s technical staff developed custom GPS applications for Hance technicians to use on their MobileMapper™ CE units from Magellan®, along with customized forms, to collect field data. Hance technicians uploaded the field data nightly to a Sidwell-configured enterprise ESRI geodatabase for warehousing the data. Using tools written by their technical staff, Sidwell provided management of all GPS-collected data—including the generation of line and point features to represent different utility lines and overhead assemblies.

Additional services provided by Sidwell’s professional staff included training on GPS/ArcPad field collection and installation and training on use of ESRI’s ArcReader™, in addition to the publishing of GPS data in an ArcIMS map service to allow both Hance and ECE to view the progress of data collection via ArcReader.

Utilizing new mobile mapping capability, ECE can now track their assets geographically and readily facilitate the ongoing construction, maintenance, and repair of their system, thereby improving the accuracy of outage management. Members of the cooperative will benefit from improved services and potential cost savings.

# # #

Sidwell is an authorized dealer of Magellan GPS equipment. For more information about the Magellan product line, or Sidwell’s professional GIS, aerial photography, photogrammetric services or custom application development capabilities, contact the company at 877.SIDWELL (877.743-9355), or visit their website at www.sidwellco.com

ESRI, ArcPad, ArcPad Application Builder, and ArcReader are licensed trademarks of ESRI. For more information about GIS industry leader ESRI, contact the company at 800.GIS.XPRT (800.447.9778) or visit them on the web at www.esri.com.


Rating:


Review Article Be the first to review this article
Trimble

Harris

Jobs
GIS Software Developer for UDC at Englewood, CO
GIS Software Developer for SoCalGas at Los Angeles, CA
GIS Analyst for G2 Partners LLC at San Ramon, CA
Vice President, Transportation Services for Associated General Contractors of New York State at Albany, NY
Architectural Designer for Champion Home Builders at Troy, MI
Upcoming Events
GEO WEEK 2017 at Washington DC - Oct 23 - 27, 2017
GIS-PRO 2017 at Jacksonville FL - Oct 23 - 26, 2017
Commercial UAV EXPO Americas at The Westgate Resort Las Vegas NV - Oct 24 - 26, 2017
6th International Colloquium on Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of GNSS / Galileo at Technical University of Valencia Valencia Spain - Oct 25 - 27, 2017
Teledyne Optech
Teledyne:
CADalog.com - Countless CAD add-ons, plug-ins and more.



Internet Business Systems © 2017 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise