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  • Useful Scripts for the Non-Programmer: Do AU’s Get In the Way of Your Mass Updates?

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    As consultants within the ESRI Electric, Gas, and Water utility space, we often work with clients using the Telvent ArcFM™ extension for ArcGIS. One of the foundational elements of ArcFM™ is the AutoUpdater (AU) which allows a customer to configure a module of custom code to fire as a triggered event on any GIS table event - onCreate, onUpdate, onDelete, onSplit, etc. AU’s are great - they capture the username of the last editor, the last update date, can automatically set additional fields based on spatial location or other attributes, or can do just about anything else you might imagine on a triggered event. However, we have consistently run into a request from clients that want to perform a mass update on a set of records within ArcGIS without the AU’s firing. Our initial response is usually that they can temporarily un-configure the AU within ArcCatalog but many users don’t like that option for a variety of reasons we won’t get into here. Our second recommendation is that they execute a few simple lines of VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code which will disable the AU’s within the current edit session within ArcMap. This request has come through often enough that we believe this script will prove to be useful to more users in the community.
  • SSP & GP&L Present to a Packed Room at Telvent Users Group Conference

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    SSP's Skye Perry and John Garrett of Garland Power & Light presented "Designer-Integrated Work Management for Small Utilities" and showcased the impressive functionality of SSP's newest project-ware, Workforce Management. The conference took place in Fort Collins, CO in March 2011. View the presentation slides here.
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  • Alliant Energy & IREA Choose SSP All Edits Report For Analyzing Versions

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    Both Alliant Energy (WI) and IREA (CO) chose SSP's All Edits Report & QA Tool to allow their users to analyze the edits to their Esri versions and Telvent Sessions/Designs. The SSP All Edits tool provides both a textual and graphical interface for viewing adds, updates, and deletes in any version within the GIS. Utilities with larger sets of users have found the tool to be very useful in managing their QA process.
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  • Sales and IT Professional Dean Perry Joins SSP Innovations

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    Experienced in sales and software development, Perry joins the company as Sales & Account Manager. He'll lead SSP's accounts and marketing efforts, providing leadership for all client and partner interactions. He can be reached at 720.229.0227 or our contact page.
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  • SSP Innovations Announces New-Hire Corey Blakeborough

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    A recent graduate from the University of Northern Colorado, Blakeborough earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration: Computer Information Systems and worked as lead web developer for UNC's Monfort College of Business. As SSP's newest Software Consultant, Corey will use his extensive software development skills to assist with the design and execution of several ongoing projects.
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  • Utility GIS Industry Veteran Chris Cushenbery Joins SSP Innovations

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    SSP is proud to announce the addition of Cushenbery, who brings over 15 years experience as a software professional in this field. Chris most recently worked for Enspiria Solutions and ESRI as a Project Engineer and an Enterprise Consultant, respectively. As a Principal Consultant at SSP, he'll lend expertise and technical leadership to existing and new systems integration projects.
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