When large storms, or worse, are brewing, a utility typically gets into gear to prepare for the worst. Crews are put on standby, equipment is readied and contractors notified. Then after the worst if over, everyone kicks in to gear to assess the damage and start repair work. In extreme cases, even out of state utility crews are being contracted to help out.
What happens next is that crews need to know what to repair (as ‘was’), replace and instruct contractors to do the same. The new ‘as is’ situation needs to be recorded, including equipment ID’s, materials used, and all this needs to be reported (back to) the back office systems.
Until now, mistakes are easily made because the ‘as was’ data is not available in the field, and the ‘as is’ is full of errors due by the rush to bring customers back online. Additionally, temporary contractors unfamiliar with the processes and procedures add to the situation, since they had to be scrambled to help out.
Long story short: it is vital that in such cases, field crews have access to all the data they need using an easy intuitive application with a learning curve that is a mere minutes instead of days and that allows as built data to be sent to the back office with zero errors because QA processes are embedded in to the field system before potentially faulty, hastily recorded data is propagated all around the back office.
Atlas allows a utility to perform damage assessment, show ‘as was’, record ‘as is’, assign contractors, work offline when needed and send QA’d data to the back office corporate GIS or other systems, in real time. Administrators can monitor progress in real time and make adjustments accordingly.
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