Gateway Mapping recently helped Bountiful Power in Bountiful, Utah, transition to using an advanced Smart Network System. Bountiful power has a terrific staff who have worked hard to manage their utility effectively. They realized that even with all their outstanding efforts, they needed a better system with more capabilities to handle their challenges. The utility mapping was found in a set of comprehensive CAD drawings. Additional utility information could be found in disconnected spreadsheets and other programs. While very beneficial, this way of managing their data and information posed a host of problems they wanted to solve. They also had a variety of questions they couldn’t answer. Examples of some of their needs included:
- Is our transformer list comprehensive? Which ones are missing? Which ones need to be replaced? Which ones are demonstrating problems? What network issues are we experiencing?
- What is the status of our poles? Which ones need to be retired? What services are connected to each pole?
- How can we manage network outages better? How can we minimize affected households?
- What areas of our network are showing the most problems?
- Which assets need replaced? How many assets need replaced? Which assets are underperforming?
These are just some of the questions they wanted to answer. They needed a better solution. GMI helped the agency transition their CAD maps, spreadsheet data, and lists to GIS. Their new GIS setup includes full network connectivity for use in the new advanced GIS Utility Network. They are now in a position to answer their questions, in a timely manner, and can now be proactive in the management of their system.
- Enhanced management of outages
- Use of live networking to manage rerouting of power
- Deeper understanding of their network and how it is operating not just through an occasional modeling effort but through a day-to-day view
- A comprehensive, data-oriented view of the network
- Advanced analysis of the network which provides the opportunity to plan for network design and improvements
- Ability to plan for future stability and improvements of their utility network
- Available information where they need it in the field or office
- Information is available when they need it
- Improved infrastructure replacement plan for aging poles, services, and many other features