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

Jeopardy – the ArcGIS/ArcFM Edition

Jeopardy – the ArcGIS/ArcFM Edition

We've done a lot of serious case studies in the past year. This one's for a little fun. Enjoy!

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ArcGIS/ArcFM Dirty Feeder Detection

ArcGIS/ArcFM Dirty Feeder Detection

Feeder definitions are often extracted from an electric GIS database and loaded into other business-critical applications like OMS, DMS and system planning. Typically it’s impractical to export *all* feeders all the time. Detecting those that have changed - and thus "dirty" - becomes an important part of the process.

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Water Pressure System Tracing

Water Pressure System Tracing

The configurability of the ArcFM Solution many times lets us match functionality to our data model - and not have to adjust the data model to achieve needed functionality. This post provides an example for a water distribution system

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Utility GIS Data Modeling:  URD Opens

Utility GIS Data Modeling: URD Opens

The ArcGIS Electric Data Model provides data structures to define URD open points, but how you represent them in your Geodatabase depends on your company's requirements. This post describes some options.

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Client Stories

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

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

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Centerpoint Energy CAD Converter – Customer Quote