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  • Fixing Your Data Sources With Python

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    During a recent customer upgrade from ESRI 9.3 to 10SP3, we uncovered a last minute "gotcha" regarding over 1,000 map files floating around several share drives. Since the new production environment was now using a brand new Sql Server installation, with a different server name, all of the data sources that were attached to the map files would now be invalid. We identified three scenarios to handle this situation...
    Categories: GIS, Jeff Mertz, Python, Scripts
  • Implementing ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.2: Developing a Configurable Solution

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    Based on our results described in Implementing ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.2 articles we came to the conclusion that the only way to achieve a configurable ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.2 solution was to redevelop the configuration code missing from the Visual Studio 2010 ArcFM™ Silverlight templates. This month’s article provides a high-level overview of the steps we took and if we were successful.
  • Show Me the Edits!

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    I’m sure at some point you have wished to see edits of versions that were posted some time ago, but you cannot because they no longer exist in your system and would require you to restore a backup of your database, refer to a snap shot (usually pdf format) of the version right before it was posted or hope that nobody else made edits in that area, and use SDE.Default to analyze it. We have come up with a solution which involves the All Edits Report tool. If you have been reading our articles you will probably think "Here they go again with the All Edits Report tool," but if this is your first time, you should feel special as not only do you get to learn about our tool, but also see the enhancements we have incorporated.
  • Designer™ CU Filter Tags & WMS Auto-Tagging

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    Last month Dean Perry covered the new Telvent Designer™ CU Filter tool that was released at version 10.0.3. The new tool allows the user to search for compatible units (CU’s) by using any part of the CU name and to configure various types of filters to quickly reduce the number of CU’s that are being searched against. This is very cool functionality which makes locating specific CU’s in Designer™ much, much faster. In this article we want to focus on the new Tag Filters, how they are configured and how we might automate them from an external work management system (WMS) like SSP’s Workforce Manager.
  • ArcFM™ and Python

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    Last month, we presented you with a way to migrate scripts from VBA to Python as a means of reflecting the push away from Visual Basic in ArcGIS. The goal of the article was to continue to encourage scripting despite this change, and to be able to provide you with useful scripts in this new environment. To that end, we will be modifying our initial scripts and translating them to Python so that you will be able to utilize them regardless of the version of ArcGIS you happen to be running.
  • Recapping the New CU Management Tools in Designer™ 10.0.3

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    At this year's TUG conference and in related documentation, we learned that the 10.0.3 releases of ArcFM™ and Designer™ include many changes. We thought it'd be helpful to review some key functionality revisions, specifically for the management of Compatible Units (CU's) within Designer™. Complete Overhaul of CU Library, CU Referencing, and CU Filters...
  • Implementing ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.2: Upgrading a 2.1.2 Web Application to 2.2

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    In last month’s article Implementing ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.2: Uncovering the Differences from 2.1.2 we discovered a major difference in that ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.2 did not include the configuration code that takes advantage of the page.config file. To remedy this issue we identified three options: Implement the solution on version 2.1.2, Bite the bullet and redevelop the missing configuration code in version 2.2, or Follow the instructions listed on Telvent’s Resource Center to upgrade a 2.1.2 custom web application to version 2.2. We chose the last option to upgrade a 2.1.2 custom web application to ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.2 and this article lists our findings.
  • SSP Presents on Upgrades to Standing Room Only Crowd at TUG

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    SSP's Skye Perry performed a presentation entitled "Upgrading to Arc 10: Avoid the Pitfalls, Reap the Benefits" to a crowd of over 100 GIS personnel at the 2012 Telvent Utility Group conference in Fort Collins, CO. The session covered in-depth technical detail on upgrading an entire GIS to the 10.x environment, including specific tips on upgrading the database, the product software, and the customizations. It included a bevy of advice from the upgrades the SSP team has performed. You can view the slides from the presentation here. Perry also wrote an article on the topic for SSP's acclaimed Energy Advisor e-Zine in December of last year; it can be viewed here.
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  • EWEB Selects SSP for ArcGIS Server Silverlight Customizations

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    The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) has selected SSP to perform a number of ArcGIS Server Silverlight customizations. These customizations will be performed within the context of EWEB's ArcFM Server™ implementation and will focus on making the tool more usable and integrating it to other EWEB intranet applications. Work with EWEB will begin in April. The Eugene Water & Electric Board is Oregon's largest customer-owned utility and provides electricity and water to more than 86,000 homes, businesses, schools and other customers in Eugene, Oregon.
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  • Implementing ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.2: Uncovering the Differences from 2.1.2

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    After recently implementing a custom web application on ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.1.2 we were excited to perform similar custom work using the latest 2.2 release. For those new to the ArcFM™ Server world Telvent provides a rich Internet application (RIA) client named ArcFM™ for Silverlight 2.2. It is built on Esri’s ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight version 2.2 and is compatible with ArcGIS Server 10 SP3/ArcFM™ Server 10.0.3.
  • How to Make the Most of Your Week at TUG 2012

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    Many of you, like us at SSP, are planning to attend this year's Telvent User Group conference later this month in Fort Collins, CO. But how will you spend your time there? Here are a few tips to get the most out of your time at TUG:
    Categories: Dean Perry, GIS
  • Useful Scripts for the Non-Programmer: Changing ArcFM™ Feature Settings En Masse

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    You may have noticed that the last few code examples we've provided have all been very similar in nature. The code I initially used to traverse through the ArcFM™ top level configuration tree has proved very useful, and continues to be productive with various tweaks.
  • Tagging Underground Electrical Lines in ArcFM™/Designer™ - Part 2

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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. In the previous installment of Tagging Underground Electrical Lines in ArcFM™/Designer™ a solution utilizing ArcGIS 10, ArcFM™ 10.0.3, and Designer 10.0.3 was reviewed that met the following tagging requirements via Designer™ and Session Workflows: Generate a unique tag number for underground electric lines, Assign a tag number to installed underground electric lines after design approval, Append the phase to the tag number to identify the underground electric line, Retain the tag number when replacing an underground electric line...
  • Is Your Electric Data Ready for Prime Time Usage?

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    This month I wanted to turn my attention back to another Telvent Feeder Manager topic that has generated a lot of interest over the last few years. More and more electric utilities are building integrations and/or interfaces to outage management systems (OMS), distribution planning systems (DPS), and engineering analysis systems (EA). The expansion of these system touch points has placed an ever-increasing importance on the integrity of your electric data within the GIS. A simple connectivity issue or incorrect attribute in the GIS can have ramifications far beyond the mistake itself because those GIS data properties affect the modeled flow of electricity, the extents of the individual circuits, and even the energized phases.
  • 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.
    Categories: News
  • 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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