TECHNOLOGY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
GIS is an extremely powerful tool that can bring benefits to many areas within your organization. “Out-of-the-box,” however, a GIS is seldom optimized to meet your organization’s specific needs. This is where SSP-Wind Lake can help. Our team of experienced GIS analysts / developers will work with you to customize your GIS environment to achieve the maximum return on your substantial investment in this technology.
Geospatial Data Models
Whether you’re upgrading a system, changing to a different platform, or just want to improve your ability to meet your organization’s needs, a sound data model is a must. Our experience as data modelers and system integrators, as well as end users of geospatial data, uniquely qualifies us to design data models that position you for success. We have extensive experience with standard models and frequently work with customers to evaluate them, identifying areas that may need enhancement.
GIS systems rarely meet an organization’s needs “out of the box.” Although it may be possible to perform all necessary tasks without any customization, it is rarely the most efficient way. With extensive experience developing solutions for GIS environments, our developers know how to create tools that meet your specific needs without becoming a maintenance problem. Our track record of developing flexible and reliable tools that have been in production for years demonstrates that “custom” is not something to avoid in your GIS environment if you have the right partner.
If your needs go beyond developing tools for your GIS and you’re looking for more sophisticated software, we can help. SSP-Wind Lake has developed numerous applications that are used to automate entire processes and solve business problems. Typical characteristics of our solutions include high performance, robust configurability, user-friendly and intuitive interfaces, and long-term reusability. We pride ourselves on delivering highly reliable solutions the first time, which our customers continue to use without support for many years.
Our expertise extends beyond GIS. The most significant benefits of investing in your GIS are often realized when it is integrated with other enterprise systems. Whether it’s OMS, AMI, Work Management, Mobile Workforce Management, or virtually any other system that can benefit from integration, our consultants and developers can design and develop an interface. Our experience with these operational systems is the key to providing seamless integration for our customers.
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.
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.
Data Modeling and Tool Development
WLS has worked with several of our customers over the years to customize and enhance their Electric Distribution, AC Network, Electric Transmission and Gas Distribution data models. In collaboration with our customers, we have produced customized model designs which incorporated the customer’s current and future business practices for tracking and managing their system assets. In addition to data modeling, WLS has designed and developed custom user tools to improve efficiency and ensure data quality. Many of these tools have been used for years and have gone through several system upgrades.
Data Migration Development
WLS was contracted by a major GIS software vendor to assist with the development of data migration software for a major telecommunications company. WLS developers were instrumental in the design and development of a solution capable of migrating large quantities of data to a very complex data model. Some key features of the migration software included configurable settings for attribute and table transformations, sophisticated connectivity processing specific to the telecommunications industry, migration of thousands of detail drawings with complex relationships to geographic features, and load-balancing migration processes on multiple servers from a centralized user interface.