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    Wind Lake Solutions (WLS) is pleased to announce FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) will implement WLS’ SPANS™ (Spatially-enabled Permitting and Notification System) within its Pennsylvania Electric Company, Metropolitan Edison and Jersey Central Power & Light electric utility subsidiary service areas ..
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    Wind Lake Solutions is pleased to announce and welcome Kenton Graber as the company’s Vice President - Customer Solutions. Kenton will be responsible for sales leadership, creation of new customer and partner relationships, contribution in consultative support of projects and initiatives, and strategic support of corporate direction ..
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    Wind Lake Solutions is very excited to unveil the results of the first phase of its overall corporate rebranding initiative. As part of this effort, Wind Lake has a new corporate logo, a new SPANS logo and a completely redesigned and updated website. Wind Lake’s overall rebranding initiative was undertaken with an emphasis on reconfirming our ongoing commitment to providing outstanding customer service ..
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    Wind Lake Solutions is 10 years old! Wind Lake was founded in January, 2004 by a group of career geospatial professionals that shared a common vision of blending outstanding technical expertise with personalized attention for each of their customers. The owners of Wind Lake are all actively involved in the day to day operations of the business and have built the business over the last ten years on the foundation of this shared vision ..
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    Wind Lake Solutions is very pleased to announce that there are now more than 110,000 joint use proposals currently being managed in SPANS by our subscriber companies. In total, these proposals contain almost 370,000 poles with joint use activity occurring on them. There are now almost 2,000 active SPANS users, working for 225 different organizations throughout the SPANS service territory ..


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    WLS will attend and serve as a media partner at 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 ..
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    Wind Lake Solutions was pleased to sponsor the 2016 Esri GeoConX Conference in Phoenix Arizona. Esri's Electric and Gas User Group (EGUG) and Telecommunications User Group (TelUG) came together at GeoConX to hear the latest on product updates, share their experiences, and meet industry leading experts and partners ..
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    Wind Lake Solutions attended the Spring 2015 Heartland Joint Use Meeting in Akron, Ohio. The Heartland Group is made up of joint use partners from electric utilities, telecommunications companies and select service providers that meet twice a year to find solutions to common joint use problems. Wind Lake is proud to be a long-time attendee at these productive meetings ..
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    The 2014 ESRI Electric and Gas GIS Conference was held in Memphis, TN from October 26th – 29th. Wind Lake was a Gold Sponsor and unveiled our new logo and booth design at this conference. Utility professionals from around the world gathered in Memphis for the 24th annual ESRI Electric and Gas GIS Conference ..
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    Wind Lake Solutions will be attending Schneider Electric's GIS Annual Conference in Loveland, CO from March 3rd - 5th, 2015. Wind Lake is a business partner of Schneider Electric and will be a Gold Sponsor for the conference. We hope to see you there ..

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.