Right Of Way

Mobile asset management

We’ve recently completed Phase 1 of a project with Pike Energy to build a mobile asset management tool.
Phase 1 saw us develop an app for the iPad that allows workers in the field to enter asset information related to the utility poles that they are responsible for. In the past, these workers collected the information on a paper form, and then, upon returning to their office, would enter the information into spreadsheets which lacked any integrated map view of field assets. Once this project is complete, field crew members will use iPads to directly record their observations and sync them to a centralized database we’re hosting for Pike. In addition to capturing details about the condition and attributes of assets, field workers will even have the ability to take and attach photographs to each pole’s record. Of course, all collected data will be map-based, so there will be strong support for an efficient QA process in which office personnel may easily navigate to particular project areas and features and review, correct, flag, or approve the data submitted from the field while viewing it in its spatial context.

Phase 2 of the the project is now well under way and expected to be complete within the month. In this phase we are configuring web-based data management tools that will allow project directors to see the information that the field workers are collecting as well as to define and assign project areas and related assets to individual members of the field team. This administrative application will allow managers to quickly develop map “packets” that the field workers will sync to their iPads based on their login credentials. Each “packet” contains a map of the area the worker will be operating in, as well as all of the assets they will be collecting information on. Storing project data locally allows field crews to access and edit data with or without WiFi connectivity.  Once the information has been collected, the “packets” are synced to the administrative application so that management can see, review, and share that information.

This tool will help Pike complete field assessment work with a new level of efficiency and accuracy and it is providing a valuable means to integrate and standardize asset data in support of both internal and customer needs.  We are pleased to be a partner in helping Pike realize these major operational improvements and new competitive advantages.

Right-Of-Way tracking with Performance Atlas

ECIlogoClient:  Electrical Contractors, Inc

ECI is a full service Engineering Design Firm specializing in the Power & Telecommunications Industry. They have offices in Montana, Arizona, Utah, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and more planned to open on the East Coast.

Goal: Provide efficient Right-Of-Way activity tracking capability leveraging the best of contemporary web technologies.

Services Provided: The Gartrell Group worked closely with company stakeholders to develop a detailed understanding of their Right-Of-Way workflows and desires for improvements and new capabilities. We then applied this information to adapt a Performance Atlas® deployment suited to their defined needs.

Pulling from the wide-variety of components available to our Performance Atlas®, we were able to provide ECI with a comprehensive solution that gives users access to different projects and the associated data, such as landowner contacts, tasks, financial information, public comments and the ability to toggle between a map-centric and journal view.

Key Technologies:  GIS Hosting, Performance Atlas (Software-as-a-Service)

Right of Way Performance Atlas for ECI

We just started a new Performance Atlas™ project for Electrical Consultants, Inc.  The project involves extending our core Atlas product to include some customized right of entry / right of way data management capabilities.  ECI will be using their Atlas to manage work on large transmission and pipeline projects.  So far, the ECI crew has been refreshingly sassy, wry, and creative in their approach to working through the design and specification of the new data management tools we’ll be building.  I think this may lead to some new ideas for how a map may feature not only in visualizing and analyzing data but also how  useful it can be for entering and managing it.  More as we go…