Established in 1917, the City of Mesa Electric Utility provides electricity to nearly 16,000 electric customers within a five and a half square-mile area located in the heart of the City of Mesa. The City of Mesa Utilities also provides water, wastewater, and gas utility services to the greater Mesa area, which has a population of approximately 400,000.
From the beginning, the project was approached as a cooperative effort between Miner & Miner, ESRI, Mesa Electric Division, and the Mesa Information Services Division. The collaborative approach allowed the City to contribute a significant portion of the labor for the migration effort as well as learn how the database is constructed and managed. In addition, they were able to benefit from having the opportunity to train personnel while working closely with ESRI and M&M staff. The team members helped to guide the process, plan and specify the migration, and provide final configuration and delivery of the new database.
Implementation for the project began in July and was completed in just over two and half months including the data migration. The City now has three editors using the system to perform data cleanup part time and will soon be adding a fourth. Mesa expects company-wide roll out by the first of the year. The data cleanup effort will improve the accuracy and consistency of the system data. The tools in ArcEditor and ArcFM, especially Feeder Manager, enable the City to quickly identify and correct data issues such as disconnected sections, loops, and double-feeds.
The City is now working to establish a strategy for turning over data maintenance responsibilities to the Electric Utility Division. The plan will include establishing day-to-day data maintenance procedures, including integrating ArcFM Session Manager into the process and defining the roles and privileges for editing and viewing the data. Roberta Bledsoe, Information Technology Services Leader, states, “The ISD hopes to create an implementation model that can be used throughout the other utilities at the City for similar repository efforts.”
Says Jeff Gould, Director of the City of Mesa's Electric Division, “Both ESRI and Miner & Miner brought considerable value to our conversion process. I am a strong believer in team approaches, and with quality organizations like ESRI and Miner & Miner, it is a true winning solution. Our thanks to the team, who took a nontraditional approach to supporting their customers. We look forward to a continuing relationship.”
About Miner & Miner
Miner & Miner (M&M) is a world leader in the development and implementation of GIS software for utilities. M&M's ArcFM Solution and extended services assist electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities in increasing productivity, lowering costs, and improving services by allowing them to effectively manage spatial information. Founded in 1946 as a full-service electrical engineering firm, M&M has been a business partner of ESRI since 1987. This partnership has enabled M&M to become the world's leading developer of ArcGIS applications for the utility industry. M&M services include implementation and customization of software to fit the needs of individual utilities. For more information, please visit www.miner.com.
For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the leading developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. In addition to its headquarters in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,400 business partners. ESRI's goal is to provide users with comprehensive tools to help them quickly and efficiently manage and use geographic information to make a real difference in the world around them. ESRI can be found on the Web at www.esri.com.
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