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  • Three of the Best New Updates to Fiber Manager™

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    Happy New Year! Now that I'm off the work management soapbox, I thought I'd tackle something altogether different: common tips and tricks in recent(ish) releases to make Telvent's Fiber Manager™ even easier to work with.
  • Tagging Underground Electrical Lines in ArcFM™/Designer™

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    Electric utility companies may be required to provide a solution for tagging their underground electric lines for safety and regulation purposes. The solution would be required to meet several requirements, but a few have been noted for this article. Utilizing ArcGIS 10 / ArcFM™ 10.0.3 / Designer™ 10.0.3, a solution that meets these requirements can be developed and would be applied to the following scenarios: Designer Workflow, Session Workflow, and Splitting Workflow.
  • Southern Company Hires SSP to Provide Custom BRP Improvement

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    SSP has been hired by Southern Company to provide a number of key improvements to their existing batch reconcile & post process. The project will include a custom implementation of SSP's All Edits Reporting & QA Tool to capture all the edits that have occurred in a session/design, plus several pieces of additional functionality. SSP began work in January.
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  • Performance Analysis of Your GIS Editors

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    This is another topic that has garnered a lot of interest from various utilities that currently use either Telvent ArcFM™ or Telvent Designer™. The goal has long been to capture some objective key performance indicators (KPI’s) on the work performed by your editors within the GIS that would allow management to gauge how well they are performing in general and to show trends over time. If you are using ArcFM™ Session Manager or Designer™ Workflow Manager you are already familiar with working in a "Session" or a "Design". Sessions and Designs allow users to perform edits within an Esri versioned geodatabase without having to know about how versioning works behind the scenes. They instead focus the user on the business requirements behind the work that has to occur within the geodatabase. Our tool tracks their performance!
  • Useful Scripts for the Non-Programmer: Where is My Field AU Configured?

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    This month’s VBA script is very similar to last month’s, except that it searches specifically for field autoupdaters. It will break down the configuration and let you know every combination of feature class, field, subtype, and event type that a specific autoupdater is configured for. This script has a distinct purpose compared to last month’s, but many aspects remain functionally the same. Enter the exact name of the field AU you want to find, and you’ll get a list of areas where the field AU is configured...
  • Industry Veteran Dennise Ramirez Joins SSP Team

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    Ramirez, most recently with Enspiria Solutions/Black & Veatch Corporation, joins SSP in a full-time Principal Consultant role. She brings decades of utility GIS project management experience to the company's ongoing and future projects, with a strong background in Esri and Telvent-related implementations and custom software design solving utility-wide business problems. Ramirez will serve as a key addition to the talented leadership pool SSP provides its clients.
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  • Work Management Concepts... Part 4: Make it Easily Accessible

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    This is the fourth and final submission in a short series of articles describing some of the crucial changes for success that SSP has uncovered in development of our custom work management system, Workforce Management. All of the functionality described in the series was derived from real requirements and brainstorming sessions with actual utilities, and all is currently available in the WFM software. This final concept is pretty simple, and it is this: because a work management system (WMS) is probably the farthest-reaching software in a utility,we want one that can be accessed with ease.
  • Debunking the Myth about Applying Data Model or Schema Changes to a Versioned Geodatabase

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    A question we are often asked is: what data model or schema changes are allowed on a versioned geodatabase, if any? The answer may surprise a few of you, as there are a lot more modifications allowed than you might think. In ArcGIS, data model changes can be separated into two categories: minor - such as adding or deleting fields and major - such as removing a feature class from a geometric network.
    Categories: Chris Cushenbery, GIS
  • Useful Scripts for the Non-Programmer: Where is My AU Configured?

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    ArcFM™ Autoupdaters are incredibly useful and widely used. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep track of them. There are many different potential reasons behind a need to find out where a specific AU is configured. Today, we’re going to hand over an ArcCatalog VBA script that allows you to see the feature classes, subtypes, and events that any AU is assigned to. Simply run the script while selecting an open connection in ArcCatalog, input the display name of the AU in question, and you’ll be given a list of every location where that AU is configured...
  • Upgrading to 10: The Esri & Telvent Story

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    When any major release of Esri ArcGIS comes out we typically advise our clients to hold off on upgrading until both Esri and Telvent have released at least one service pack to their initial release. At version 10 there were so many major architectural changes to the Esri foundation that this waiting period was extended by many utilities, and we believe that this was a solid choice. However, we have now seen the release of Esri ArcGIS 10 Service Pack 3 and Telvent ArcFM™ 10.0.3. And we would absolutely recommend that you make the jump and start taking advantage of version 10! We’ve begun to upgrade our clients, and this article will outline some of the major technical challenges to undertaking this endeavor.
  • Work Management Concepts... Part 3: Validate Data Wherever Possible

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    This is the third in a short series of articles describing some of the crucial changes for success that SSP has uncovered in development of our custom work management system, Workforce Management. All of the functionality described in the series was derived from real requirements and brainstorming sessions with actual utilities, and all is currently available in the WFM software.
  • Implementing Telvent’s ArcFM™ Silverlight 2.1.2:

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    For those who may not be aware, Telvent provides a sample rich internet application (RIA) client named ArcFM™ Silverlight 2.1.2. It is built on Esri’s ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight version 2.1 and is compatible with ArcGIS Server 10 SP2/ArcFM™ Server 10.0.2. You can give it a try here. Having recently implemented ArcFM™ Silverlight 2.1.2 for a customer I thought it might be useful to list a few of my findings in case you may be running into the same challenges:
  • SSP Innovations Wins v10 Upgrade Contract with CoServ

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    CoServ, a 130,000-member-owned electric cooperative based in Corinth, TX has selected SSP to perform GIS upgrades to version 10 of the Esri and Telvent software. Through its committed business partnership with GIS-industry leaders Swova, SSP will upgrade ArcFM™, Designer™, Responder™, Geodatabase Manager™, ArcFM™ Replication and ArcFM Viewer™, as well as perform customizations and systems integration to WMS, CIS, SCADA and IVR systems. SSP also performed CoServ's previous upgrade to version 9.3.1.
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  • Telvent Extended Feeder Manager... USA Style

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    My current series of articles (which isn’t really a series at all) is focused on topics I’ve been asked about by more than 10 utilities. I figured this signifies there being enough interest to dive into a topic and to document our experiences at SSP Innovations. This month I wanted to write about Telvent’s Extended Feeder Manager (EFM), what it is, what it does, and how it can be used in some cool ways at US-based electric utilities...
    Categories: GIS, Skye Perry
  • Useful Scripts for the Non-Programmer: Getting Attributes from Selected Features

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    Obtaining a useful report from ArcMap can be a long and complicated process that needs a script in order to be executed properly. Using the script from this article, simple reports can easily made from any set of features that you select! This is another VBA module that will take a list of features that you currently have selected and export a semicolon-delimited list of the following attributes of each feature...
  • SSP Presents Two Papers to Large Audiences at 2011 EGUG Conference

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    At this year's Esri Electric and Gas User Conference, SSP's own Skye Perry and John Garrett of Garland Power & Light (TX) presented "GIS-Integrated Work Management for Small Utilities," which showcases the functionality of the company's popular new software, Workforce Management. Perry also teamed with Arnisa Davis and Steve Veltman from Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) to discuss "Maximizing GIS Performance in Your Sleep" which covers functionality found in SSP's Nightly Batch Suite. Both talks were highly attended at the conference, which was held in October in Columbia, SC.
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  • Work Management Concepts...Part 2: Integrate to Everything

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    This is the second in a short series of articles describing some of the crucial changes for success that SSP has uncovered in development of our custom work management system, Workforce Management. All of the functionality described in the series was derived from real requirements and brainstorming sessions with actual utilities, and all is currently available in the WFM software.
  • Maximizing GIS Performance in Your Sleep! - Part 3

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    To continue the Maximizing GIS Performance series, this month’s installment will explain the remaining common optimization tasks in more detail: - ArcSDE Add/Delete Table Statistics & Reporting - Oracle/SQL Server Indexing & Statistics - Session Aging Report - Permissions Report - System Interface Management - ArcGIS Domain Sorting/Synchronization The purpose, frequency, and benefits will be described to better understand the role each task plays in the system maintenance and performance optimization process.
  • Useful Scripts for the Non-Programmer: Retrieving an Existing IWorkspace

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    When writing code or running scripts for ArcGIS products, you’re likely to need to define an IWorkspace. An IWorkspace can be created from scratch or manually loaded, but the most useful task is to take the workspace from the environment you are already working in. When you obtain an existing workspace, you’re getting information about your current environment. This includes all of the feature classes, object classes, and datasets in your geodatabase...
  • Principal Consultant Jeff Mertz Joins SSP Innovations

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    SSP has added another talented principal consultant to the SSP team, Jeff Mertz. Mertz has worked alongside many of the SSP staff members at previous companies dating back to Convergent Group. Most recently he has worked with AutoDesk and HP designing and implementing custom software solutions. Mertz brings extensive utility, GIS, and consulting experience to the team and will also lead up SSP's direction into new technologies.
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