This summer, NISC’s Engineering and Operations team celebrated a milestone when the 250th Outage Management System (OMS) was implemented at Kootenai Electric Cooperative in Idaho.
We are halfway through the implementation and final preparations are underway for the ABS Go Live on July 27th. Employees are continuing to test the application and validate data. The dollars are balanced and conversion programming to correct the remaining static data is being performed. Integration between iVUE® and third party applications has been tested and ready to become operational this week.
How long have you allowed your GIS to just skate by doing what you asked for and not really pushing the limits and meeting its true potential? This time of year many of us are having those same conversations with our kids as we get ready for another year of school. Some of those conversations are ones around reaching for the stars or focusing on your strengths. Your GIS data is no different. Now is the time to really evaluate the potential your GIS has once it realizes it has no limits. Here are a few tips to help prepare you for your “Talk…” Take a deep look at your data and really think about what information you have at your fingertips. Is it functional for your crews in the field to take with them and optimize the way they work? Put on your creative thinking cap and think about the possibilities—do you explore putting information like voltage data into the map? Are there other pieces of information that visualizing the location would assist in solving work challenges you face each day? Remember, think about what is your true business problem you are trying to solve and can your GIS data have the potential to get you there? But be cautious and to not overcomplicate your data. Have a solid base map without additional layers that clutter the map and slow the performance. Most importantly, ensure your data is accurate and if not take measures to get it there. Just remember that just like in parenting you are not alone. NISC is here to help support you in your “talk.” For more information on assisting your GIS in meeting its potential contact our NISC GIS [...]
Since NISC and its parent companies NCDC or CADP were formed nearly 50 years ago, the CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has never visited a campus of the technology cooperative. That changed Friday, July 17, when NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson visited NISC’s Lake Saint Louis, Mo., location for a day of technology talks and a discussion about the utility industry.