Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Industy News

Joint Use 101

EUCI’s Joint Use 101 – April 10-11, 2017 – Chicago, IL

WLS will attend EUCI’s Joint Use 101.  The course will provide attendees with the experience, tools, and education that will help them learn how to efficiently monitor their joint use assets and activities. The course will include the history of joint use, how it has changed through the years, and will answer the 5 W’s of joint use. The instructor for the course is Larry Thompson, COO, President, Utiliserv Solutions, Inc.  Mr. Thompson has over four decades of experience in the electric energy industry.  He is the present owner of UtiliServ Solutions Inc., located in Hudson Ohio, which specializes in data collection, pole data analysis, double wood, distribution surveys, utility pole consulting for the electric, telephone, and broadband industries.

By drawing from personal experience, Mr. Thompson will answer important questions regarding joint use, including:

  • How does joint use affect a utility?
  • What rights do attaching companies have today?
  • How does the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) apply to the utilities and attaching companies?
  • Who controls a joint use pole?
  • Challenges for third party companies
  • What is the difference between joint use and joint ownership?
  • What is a violation?
  • What is a cost causer?
  • Why does the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) get involved with joint use?
  • What is the difference between the Public Utility Commission (PUC) and the FCC?

For more information, visit EUCI’s JU 101 course web page at

Routing Software Integration

WLS assisted one of its customers with their automated routing application, enabling them to maximize the benefits of their solution. The customer chose RouteSmart Technologies’ software to generate routes for their meter reading and inspection activities. WLS designed and developed an add-on to enhance the resulting route data and export the routes to Excel or PDF format. The resulting output contains additional navigation aids, such as turn arrows and parking locations, interpreted from the RouteSmart data. The customer replaced their time-consuming manual procedures with the integrated tool that provides their users with the information they need.

Work Management Integration

WLS recently developed an interface to streamline the work order posting process for a customer. Instead of recreating facility features in the GIS based on the as-built sketch, the customer simply keys in the work order number and the interface automatically retrieves the information from their work management system. The configurable interface creates all the necessary features and populates the appropriate attributes. Users only need to digitize the location of the features, dramatically reducing data entry time and improving the quality of the GIS database.

Data Quality Verification

Verification/acceptance program for a customer who had contracted with a third party for a field inventory. There were three major components to this project:
  1. Statistical visual verification and scoring of adherence to the customer’s mapping standards and practices. This was completed by WLS.
  2. Automated verification of adherence to the customer’s data format and content, connectivity and feature relationship requirements. This was completed by WLS.
  3. Statistical field verification and scoring of data collected during the inventory. The sampling plan and scoring methodology were developed by WLS. Actual field verification was completed by the customer.

Data Extension, Enhancement & Integration

Examples of some of the data services WLS has provided to our customers over the years include: establishing feature connectivity, reconciling SAP and GIS asset data, assigning phasing to electrical features, periodically back feeding data from the customers OMS to GIS, incorporating cathodic protection data into the customer’s gas model and linking work order images to their associated features.

GIS Data Maintenance

WLS has been providing ongoing work order posting services for one of its customers since 2005, with support over the last several years averaging between 5,000 and 10,000 orders per year. Recently, that customer requested that we provide a dramatic, but short- term increase in our capacity for them. We ramped-up significantly and were able to complete over 20,000 repair orders within a five-month period.

Data Quality Verification

WLS recently assisted a customer from beginning to end through a major conflation project, with services that included RFP development, vendor selection support, specification development, acceptance process implementation, QA software development and implementation, visual data QA with statistical sampling and scoring, overall project management support and on-site staffing to assist in the go-live cutover.