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!
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.
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.
Migrating data from well-known technologies such as AutoCAD, Microstation or Smallworld has established processes and infrastructure. This post addresses aspects and strategies to be applied when the migration source is not so well-known.
We've done a lot of serious case studies in the past year. This one's for a little fun. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.