Utility-centric GIS Applications

Working at the intersection of utility networks & GIS Applications.

We work at the intersection of utility networks and geographic information systems. Our focus is to provide customers with a solid foundation for supporting utility GIS applications. Elements of this GIS foundation include a data model designed to meet your business needs and processes to load and maintain the Geodatabase that is built for you based on that model. BSL experience in utility GIS data modeling, migration and maintenance can help ensure the success of your GIS implementation project.

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GIS Services

ArcFM/ArcGIS Data Migration

We are experts at migrating and validating data from existing mapping systems into an ArcFM Geodatabases, and our rates are some of the best in the industry!

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Data Enhancement

Data sources within a utility organization, both GIS and non-GIS data sources, are built in many ways and grow along many paths. We will seamlessly incorporate them into your GIS.

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Implementation Tasks

We specialize in Data Modeling, Data Migration Design, and Quality Assurance for GIS projects, which are critical tasks to insure a successful and accurate GIS implementation.

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GIS Tools

The Blair Services CAD Converter allows you to define a precise and complete mapping of ArcMAP features and graphic elements to AutoCAD (DXF or DWG file compatible).

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GIS Case Studies

Prepping CAD Data for an ArcFM Migration

Prepping CAD Data for an ArcFM Migration

Migrating AutoCAD or Microstation data into ArcFM has been done many times, and can be straightforward. But usually the best results come with thoughtful preparation.

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ArcFM Cathodic Protection — Bond Junctions

ArcFM Cathodic Protection — Bond Junctions

In most cases you would expect an ArcFM CP trace include all connected CP features. This entry describes a case where you may not.

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Automating (parts of) ArcFM UFM Migration

Automating (parts of) ArcFM UFM Migration

The ArcFM UFM tools are a great way to manage underground facilities components. This post describes how some parts of a migration can be automated.

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Setting Defaults in ArcFM Data Migration… or Not

Setting Defaults in ArcFM Data Migration… or Not

There are pros and cons to setting default values on migration into ArcFM. Just make a conscious decision about your approach.

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Client Stories

Before the Designer Express rollout, we were using CAD Converter to export and import Landbase layers to perform Landbase work within AutoCAD software. Currently CAD Converter is used by our Gas Designers and Landbase group.  CAD Converter is “essential” to our Landbase editors.  Cynthia Salas, Centerpoint Energy

Client Story

Centerpoint Energy CAD Converter – Customer Quote

In early 2013 Midcontinent Communications selected the Schneider Electric (SE) Fiber Manager to replace a legacy GIS application for managing their fiber optic network assets that extend over much of north central United States.  Particularly important to Midcontinent was the ability for Fiber Manager to support Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) and to easily report all circuits present on all strands and all wavelengths for a given fiber cable.

SE provided implementation and training and Blair Services was contracted for data migration.  Working closely with the teams from SE and Midcontinent, Blair Services helped decipher the largely undocumented source data structures and align it to Fiber Manager requirements.  The result was a full migration of source database features into Fiber Manager with leased circuits tracing as expected within the original project scope and budget.

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Midcontinent Communications – Project Summary