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

Migrating the “Unusual” into ArcGIS/ArcFM

Migrating the “Unusual” into ArcGIS/ArcFM

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.

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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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Client Stories

Midcontinent Communications was able to work closely with Blair Services to perform a complex data migration in a relatively short time frame.  Blair Services’ ability to be flexible with the project timeline, provide a high level of expertise, and deliver quality migrated data, enabled this conversion project to be successful.  I would highly recommend the use of Blair Services to any company looking to perform this type of data migration.  Derek Reickmann, Project Manager, Midcontinent Communications

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Midcontinent Communications – 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