OUR DIFFERENCE

KNOWLEDGE. EXPERIENCE. PARTNERING APPROACH.

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We stand out because of the quality of our people.
We have built our careers in the GIS and joint use management industry. The knowledge and experience of our team, paired with our partnering approach, enables us to deliver smart services and solutions specific to our customers’ individual needs.

We’re big enough to handle every need, yet small enough to care personally for every customer. It’s the magnitude of your success that drives our bottom line.

Knowledge

We know the ins and outs of GIS data and technology, and the business processes that depend upon them. We understand the critical importance of their interaction.

Our technicians are experts who strive to understand your systems and data better than you do.

As consultants, we are more than service providers; we're advisors and collaborators. We listen with focus and intensity; we recommend with knowledge and conviction.

Experience

We're well practiced. We've played important roles in dozens of projects in your industry. We gain through our customers knowledge and they gain through ours.

Our people have done this before — big projects and small, close to home and far away. We've been doing this for years, for our entire careers.

We know what works and what doesn't. Together, we'll help you do it right the first time.

Partnering Approach

We consider the external factors inherent in your business environment as we work with you to analyze and optimize your process, data and technology.

We're your partner. We work together to improve your systems and advance your capabilities in GIS, joint use, and more broadly - in information and asset management.

We look at the big picture to understand the business initiatives, objectives, and challenges of your organization.

We are customer centric.

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.