GEOSPATIAL DATA SERVICES

The vast datasets managed by our customers are essential to carrying out critical business operations. We’re experts at data wellness, with a unique ability to examine, identify, and manage mission critical data. Our experienced GIS professionals specialize in understanding and identifying our customers’ data-centric needs. In all our GIS data projects, we protect, sustain and optimize the integrity of our customers’ geospatial information.

Data Maintenance

Whether you need short-term assistance with a work order backlog issue, or ongoing support for your overall data maintenance program, SSP-Wind Lake is your answer. Since our inception, we have posted nearly 200,000 gas and electric work orders in support of our customers’ GIS data maintenance needs. We’re very flexible in working with you to augment your internal data maintenance resources. We understand the concerns that your internal staff may have as you consider bringing in outside assistance. We will work with you to mitigate these concerns and build one cohesive resource team.

Data Extension, Enhancement and Integration

Organizations are becoming increasingly dependent on their GIS data and applications. Intensified requirements for data accuracy, inclusion of other data sets and exchange of data between systems are just some of the challenges that confront today’s GIS managers. SSP-Wind Lake can assist you with any of these data challenges. Whenever possible, we will automate the process, but in most cases, interactive support is required as well. We’re experts at both.

Data Migration

SSP-Wind Lake brings years of experience and in-depth technical knowledge with the industry’s leading systems including ESRI and ArcFM, GE, Intergraph, Autodesk and Bentley GIS Environments. Our team is experienced in all phases of data migration project design and execution to ensure a smooth and efficient transition between systems or system upgrades. We understand the data model issues and system-specific connectivity and relationship nuances that can make these projects much more challenging than a simple translation.

Data Quality Verification

Today’s advanced GIS applications demand a higher level of data integrity than ever before. Activities as diverse as network traces and efficient field locates can be substantially impacted by substandard data quality. GIS data quality verification is a specialty of SSP-Wind Lake. Whether its verification/acceptance of incoming data (e.g. from field collection, conflation, etc.), or a periodic review of internally-maintained data, SSP-Wind Lake will assure your achievement of quality results. The processes we employ are automated wherever possible and designed to achieve a high degree of quality confidence while tightly controlling verification costs.


Project Summary:
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.

Project Summary:
Data Services

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.

Project Summary:
Data Extension, Enhancement & Integration

WLS was called upon by a customer to rapidly assemble and deploy a staff of GIS Specialists to work with the customer at their site in the addition of Cathodic Protection (CP) related data to their GIS. Within a 10 day period, WLS had assembled and mobilized a six person team for the project. The team remained on-site for five weeks, after which time they returned to WLS’ offices and completed the first phase of the project over the next two months. WLS completed phase two of the project the following year. The work included the creation of relationships between gas mains and CP systems, the creation of CP polygons, the placement of test stations and associated test wires and the conversion of foreign utility pipe (fuel lines) to service sections.

Project Summary:
Data Enhancement & Integration

WLS completed a multi-year data reconciliation project for a major gas utility which involved the comparison of data and resolution of data anomalies between the customer’s GIS, historical main drawings / sketches and their enterprise SAP system. The customer’s GIS was made substantially more complete and accurate, resulting in the GIS being deemed the “system of record” for the customer’s gas main information. As part of the project, over 210,000 SAP records and almost 460,000 main sketches were reviewed and reconciled, with the results used to update the GIS.

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.