Chapel Mapping News


Utilities District of Western Indiana Chooses Chapel Mapping To Perform GPS Field Inventory Project

We are pleased to announce that Utilities District of Western Indiana (UDWI) has awarded Chapel Mapping the project to GPS field inventory all electrical facilities for the utility and load the collected data into their ESRI based GIS. UDWI is located in Bloomfield, IN and has been providing service to their Members for more than 75 years. The utility is the 4th largest electric co-op in Southern Indiana and serves Members in 11 different Counties.

UDWI recently migrated to an ESRI based GIS software program and wanted to realize the full benefits of the system so they decided to inventory their facilities and have the data loaded into the new GIS. The new GIS system includes software for Asset Management, Staking & Viewing and will interface directly with their Outage software. Obtaining the most accurate data possible to run these systems is a top priority for the utility as it will help provide better service and quicker response times to their Members.

During this project UDWI will be utilizing Chapel Mapping's innovative Project Management Toolset that allows for Next Day Data. Data provided to UDWI each day thru the Project Management Toolset will include primary, secondary and point features such as meters and underground cabinets. Digital images of each feature collected will be included as a deliverable and will allow UDWI personnel the ability to perform field checks right from their desk eliminating wasteful drive time. The digital images will also be incorporated into day-to-day operations at the utility and personnel will have direct access to the images from within the new GIS.

Socorro Electric Cooperative Awards Chapel Mapping GPS Field Inventory Project

We are pleased to announce that Socorro Electric Cooperative recently awarded Chapel Mapping the project to GPS field inventory all electrical facilities for the utility and load the data into their ESRI based GIS. The project is anticipated to last 12 months and Chapel Mapping personnel will inventory all meters, poles, equipment and distribution lines.

During this project Socorro Electric Cooperative personnel will utilize Chapel Mapping's new Project Management Toolset which has revolutionized how utilities can now interact with field collection efforts. Mr. Joseph Herrera, General Manager/CEO said "Part of the decision for going with Chapel Mapping was the Project Management Toolset. No other vendor we spoke with was able to provide access to collected data as quickly as Chapel Mapping. We will be able to utilize data the day after it is collected vs. waiting weeks or months for a deliverable thereby providing us an immediate return on our investment."

The data available each day to the utility will include primary, secondary and point features along with digital images of each point feature collected. The Toolset will also help ease Management concerns with progress vs. billing as anyone in the utility will be able to login at any time to see up to date data collection efforts.

United Rural Electric Membership Corporation Awards Chapel Mapping GPS Field Inventory Project

United Rural Electric Membership Corporation (UREMC), located in Markle, Indiana has awarded Chapel Mapping the GPS field inventory project to collect all electrical facilities and load the data into their existing in-house ESRI based GIS software package. UREMC has approximately 11,758 meters, 1,200 miles of overhead primary conductor and 256 miles of underground primary conductor located in 7 Northeast Indiana Counties.

UREMC serves several large commercial accounts within their service territory including General Motors Fort Wayne truck plant, Vera Bradley, General Mills, PHD Inc., Quadrant and others. UREMC is also the electric provider for the new 1.5 million square foot General Mills facility which will be the largest of its kind in the state of Indiana and is currently the largest in terms of square footage in the entire nation.

During this project UREMC will be able to utilize Chapel Mapping's new Project Management Toolset which includes the industry's first Cloud Viewing tool for field inventories. With this tool UREMC will have the ability to view on a daily basis data collected by the field personnel the day before. The Viewer, along with other tools included in Chapel Mapping's Project Management Toolset will allow UREMC the ability to realize an immediate return on investment by being able to utilize collected data the day after it is inventoried and will also help ease Management concerns with billing vs progress as they can login at any time to see overall project status.

Chapel Mapping Releases New Project Management Toolset For Field Inventories

Chapel Mapping is pleased to announce the release of our new Project Management Toolset which was specifically designed for electric utilities to utilize during a field inventory. Among the many features of this toolset is the first of a kind, industry leading Cloud Viewer. This new Viewer allows utilities the ability to not only monitor on a daily basis the progress of a field inventory but it also allows utilities the ability to utilize collected data before it is delivered in its final format. In other words, anything our field personnel collect today will be available for the utility tomorrow.

A recent quote from Ben Thomason, Director of Field Services at Central Georgia EMC reflects the power of this new Toolset. "We were actually utilizing Chapel Mapping's Map Viewer tool and accompanying digital images to create service orders for issues found in the field even before we received our first deliverable or invoice".

If you would like to know more about the tools contained in our new Project Management Toolset and how they will help you save time and realize a return on your investment the day after an inventory begins feel free to give us a call at 814-706-4674.

Central Georgia EMC Awards Chapel Mapping GPS Field Inventory Project

Central Georgia EMC (CGEMC) has awarded Chapel Mapping a GPS field inventory project to collect all of their electrical facilities. CGEMC has approximately 50,000 meters and over 5,268 miles of distribution lines located in 14 Central Georgia counties.

CGEMC chose Chapel Mapping because of the Power d.e.s.c. inventory process that allows for accurate and on time project deliveries. This process delivers the most accurate data possible backed up by a series of digital images that prove the accuracy of the data collected. The digital images will also be utilized by CGEMC staff on a daily basis to help save time and money by reducing "windshield time" for employees to various parts of the system.

CGEMC will also be utilizing Chapel Mapping's new Cloud Software during this project. With this software CGEMC will have the ability to view, on a daily basis, data collected by the field personnel the day before. The Cloud data will have connected primary and secondary linear features down to the meter and includes all digital images taken of each point.

4-County EPA User Showcase

We recently held a User Showcase at 4 County EPA and would like to take a moment to thank eveyone that partcipated in the event. We would especially like to thank the personnel at 4 County for hosting the User Showcase and for all their time and effort that went into making the event sucessful.

Project Completions

Chapel Mapping announces the completion of a full scale GPS inventory project with Flint Energies

Chapel Mapping has completed a full GPS field inventory of Flint Energies power distribution system. The GPS field inventory was completed over 21 months and the resulting data was delivered within the contract specification for timeframe, cost and functionality. Chapel Mapping was also contracted by Flint Energies to inventory electrical facilities inside Fort Benning as Flint Energies is responsible for maintaining that system as well.

The data provided for Flint Energies includes a series of pictures of each point that was inventoried during the project. The pictures have now become a norm throughout the utility and are relied on daily. The pictures have also helped to save time and money thus far by eliminating unnecessary trips to the field. The pictures have also been utilized to help solve joint use disputes and litigation issues.

Flint Energies, located in Central Georgia, has more than 80,000 meters, 6,200 miles of distribution lines and serves customers in 16 counties.

Northwestern Electric Cooperative receives completed Power D.E.S.C. Catalog

Chapel Mapping has announced the completion of a full scale GPS Inventory project with Northwestern Electric Cooperative in Woodward, Oklahoma. Chapel Mapping has used the new Power d.e.s.c. cataloging system to conduct a complete GPS field inventory of Northwestern's power distribution system. The resulting catalog has now been delivered into Northwestern's ESRI(TM) based FuturaGIS(TM) system. Chapel Mapping collected over 100,000 locations on Northwestern's distribution system, which now maintains approximately 4,886 miles of line with 11,140 consumers.

Chapel Mapping announces the completion of a full scale GPS Inventory project with Choctaw Electric Cooperative

Choctaw Electric Cooperative is headquartered in Hugo, Oklahoma, with branch offices in Idabel and Antlers, OK. Chapel Mapping has conducted a complete GPS field inventory of Choctaw's power distribution system, and provided a variety of related GIS and Staking software to the utility. Chapel Mapping collected over 100,000 locations on Choctaw's distribution system, which now maintains approximately 3,692 miles of line spanning Choctaw, Pushmataha, and McCurtain counties and has over 16,748 meters on-line. The system inventory was completed over 20 months and the resulting system was delivered within the contract specification for timeframe, cost, and functionality. The project was driven by a core desire to implement a staking system that could keep the GIS system up to date on an ongoing basis. The state-of-the-art Staking system offered by Chapel Mapping has been successfully implemented and work orders have been flowing through to the GIS system in near real time since early in the project. This project has given Choctaw the tools to respond to outages faster, and has helped to advance their future system growth and customer service efforts.

Power d.e.s.c Premium Inventory Service Is Released.

Chapel Mapping has announced the release of their premium inventory service, Power d.e.s.c. (Digital Electric System Cataloging). Utilities are taking advantage of this service, which goes far beyond standard field inventory. Power d.e.s.c. greatly increases the value of the existing GIS investment by integrating a specific series of detailed digital images with a simple app. Data collection is more than just a GPS point. Collecting a detailed inventory with a built-in method to assure quality before and after delivery is critical. The Power d.e.s.c. cataloging system will identify the assets in the field, verify the data with extensive in-house QC processing, and certify the deliverable with pictures to prove all cataloged inventory items. This system utilizes an assembly line process that delivers extremely accurate asset data. Digital Electric System Cataloging is changing the way utilities think about data collection.

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