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

GIS 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

Creating “Container” Polygons for ArcFM Station Equipment

Creating “Container” Polygons for ArcFM Station Equipment

In most cases if a company has equipment located inside a “container” – like an electric or gas station - a polygon container already exists. This post discusses an approach when you don't.

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Estimating Data Migration Effort: Its not all about Record Counts

Estimating Data Migration Effort: Its not all about Record Counts

Record counts alone are usually not a good predictor of effort to migrate from one electronic source to another.

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Loading Fiber Optic Cable into ArcFM Fiber Manager

Loading Fiber Optic Cable into ArcFM Fiber Manager

The foundation of a ArcFM Fiber Manager implementation is the Fiber Manager "flexible data model."

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ArcFM Gas Trace Weight Inspector

ArcFM Gas Trace Weight Inspector

ArcFM uses trace weight fields to inform its tracing functions about attribute values used to decide whether to go or stop. Here we show a tool that interprets gas trace weights, similar to the ArcFM Electric Trace Weight Inspector.

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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

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Centerpoint Energy CAD Converter – Customer Quote

When CenterPoint Energy adopted Schneider Electric’s Designer Express for gas distribution construction design, replacing previously used CAD-based software tools,  they still needed to provide CAD drawing products to both external and internal customers.  The solution was the ArcGIS/ArcFM-based CAD Converter tools.  CenterPoint has built standard mapping configurations (or ‘profiles’) defining detailed mappings from dozens of feature classes to corresponding CAD entity types, layers and layer properties.  The standard configurations are used repeatedly by designers to generate CAD drawings that faithfully reproduce feature geometries, map symbology and annotation.  Particularly important for CenterPoint is that CAD Converter also exports both data view and layout view graphic elements.

CAD Converter is also considered an essential tool used daily by the CenterPoint Landbase group for importing detailed new plat information from developers. Just as with the export process, profiles can be established to map source CAD layers to target ArcGIS feature classes.

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CenterPoint Energy CADConverter – Project Summary