Esri Water Conference

More than 320 water professional leaders gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the third annual Esri® Water Conference. The event presented an excellent opportunity for sharing of ideas and strategies to better management of water systems. Key agenda topics included optimization of field operations, efficient data/asset collection and inventory, and planning related to climate change as highlighted below. In the plenary session, Jack Dangermond (Esri President) addressed goals regarding improving efficiencies, accomplishing projects, and facilitating science-based decision-making. Jack wanted the conference to inspire water professional leaders, and to provide greater collaboration opportunities.

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Plan and Manage, A Centralized Communication Tool

Plan and Manage, A Centralized Communication Tool

Your phone buzzes, and a text message tells you that you have assets in danger from a pending threat.  Embedded in the text message is a link to a map that shows you where the threat is and which of your assets are in danger. You and your team are able to act in advance of the pending threat to manage your assets, and update your supply change. But you took it to another level - you set up the notification to alert your employees, your customers, or your clients of the threat; you provide suggestions on how to protect their assets, family, or friends from the pending threat, and you did it all within one application.

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Mobile Management, Collector for ArcGIS, Part Two

Mobile Management, Collector for ArcGIS, Part Two

In my ‘Part One’ blog, we discussed an overview of the steps our team took when migrating from ArcPad to Esri® Collector for ArcGIS. Once migration was complete, there were still decisions that had to be made with how we would manage our data, how best to ensure accuracy and completeness of what we gathered, and how to tackle implementing new features.

 

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Power Perspective: Single-Source Asset Management (Part One)

Power Perspective: Single-Source Asset Management (Part One)

Reliable electricity is essential as the U.S. continues toward more sophisticated use of information technology, computerized controls, and sensitive electronics. The interconnection of major power plants plus generation facilities, hundreds of thousands of miles of high-voltage transmission lines, and local distribution networks all play a part in providing electricity essential to U.S. commercial, security, industrial, and residential users. 

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TDS Solutions Presented During Esri UC

GeoDecisions’ traffic data system (TDS) helps the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) process and verify 300 million new records per month. Built on the Esri® platform, TDS enables PennDOT’s Bureau of Planning and Research to better manage the download of traffic data from collection sites throughout Pennsylvania. The new automated system includes remote user access and cutting-edge GIS mapping, web service, database, and coding technologies.

Data Management Blueprint

A model of efficiency, TDS was redesigned, developed, and implemented by GeoDecisions to enhance transportation operations. For example, PennDOT’s new TDS features more centralized data management, automation of manual procedures, consolidation of duplicated functionality, and improved workflow management. 

Integrated TDS functionality combined with enhanced performance and usability also enable state departments of transportation to better comply with ongoing changes to the traffic data requested by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

“Built to FHWA standards, GeoDecisions’ redesign of our TDS provides us a method to seamlessly introduce new counting devices, more efficiently verify our raw traffic data, and speed up our process for creating yearly traffic volume maps,” said Andrea Bahoric, planning division manager with PennDOT.

Mobile Asset Management

GeoDecisions’ TDS redesign for PennDOT features five modules streamlined for better performance and usability. In particular, the system’s field operations module (FOM) is a mobile responsive application that provides an improved method for managing and maintaining information about operation repairs, maintenance, routine site reviews, quality control, and product inventories necessary to maintain and repair traffic counter sites.

“FOM enables PennDOT field technicians to use smartphones or tablets to perform site reviews and document issues,” said Greg Ulp, a director with GeoDecisions. “Convenience and efficiency are critical factors when enhancing technology and managing assets.”

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Greg Ulp will co-present TDS solutions with PennDOT’s Jeremy Freeland during the Esri User Conference at California’s San Diego Convention Center (SDDC) on Wednesday, June 29. Their presentation will occur in SDDC Room 27 B from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

During the same "Performance Monitoring for DOTs" track, Kevin Switala, GISP, and Ahmed El-Aassar, PhD, present innovative FHWA Traffic Noise Model User Interfaces.

Stay tuned for more App Suite solutions!