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Gas Driving and Walking Survey Applications now available!

Gas utilities know that their network needs to be surveyed on a regular basis to comply with local PUC's requirements, or otherwise face stiff penalties, or worse yet, explosions possibly resulting in injury or even death. The Atlas 'Gas Driving Survey' and 'Gas Walking Survey' applications make this process easy, accurate, seamless, and integrated with [...]

Applications now available in Atlas providing simplified user interfaces!

We at Cliffhanger Solutions understand that the variety of typical tasks related to a utilities use case require different processes, different data and because of the variety of crew skill sets required, also different application interactions. In order to accommodate this, simplify work flows and application use, we have introduced Atlas Apps. A Gas Leak [...]

Route optimization for Inspections and Vegetation Management.

Vegetation Management, Gas Leak Surveys, Pole Inspections, etc, all require crews to go out in the field and follow a certain route or dedicate their attention to a specific piece of the network (typically a circuit). Atlas allows traces to be performed on Network or Street data. Use cases problems like route optimization between 2 [...]

Work Assignment Based on Optimized Route

Utilities often use their network to perform traces. Atlas can use the results of a trace (i.e. optimized route between points, or tracing a circuit) to assign work to a crew. The following video demonstrates that: Assign Work to a Crew More information about the actual tracing and route optimization can be found here: Tracing Video [...]

Bummer: I need a different license!

Hypothetical case: you implemented some software and decided to extend its use cases. However, you realize that this requires additional modules and subsequent license fees. Bummer! In our world of GIS this occasionally happens: You've implemented a mobile solution and it works fine. Users like it. You decide, for example, to display crew locations, or [...]

Storm damage aftermath. Nightmares prevented…

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 [...]

Field data collection made simple: Vegetation Management, Pole Inspection, Driving Survey, Damage Assessment and Right of Way management. One app, no modules, no additional license cost.

One Application: all use cases and business processes Utilities rely on data collected in the field for different purposes, from a variety of different applications and formats. From a business point of view, data needs to be collected and brought back to the back office. From an administrative point of view: forms need to meet [...]

Vegetation Management made easy.

Vegetation management typically starts with assessing the amount of work required to maintain a specific sections of network. The utility company uses this data for budgetary purposes or to determine contractor compensation. On the contractor side, contractors often assess the amount of work and equipment required so that they can quote the utility or respond [...]

Add popular landbases to your Smallworld GIS. Google Maps, Bing, OSM: no problem!

Smallworld data on top of Google or other map services, inside Smallworld GIS? Need to replace MrSid? Look no further! Our Cloudmaps for Smallworld GIS adds this functionality. Choose from street, satellite, and topo maps. By simply loading a plugin into the Smallworld image, object control is supplemented with the ability to enable Google background [...]

Electric Office: Now accept field data back to Smallworld!

Smallworld GIS is a leading platform for utilities because of its advanced version management, vector capabilities, and network tracing. We at Cliffhanger Solutions now fully support the GE Smallworld office suite, including Electric Office, in the field using our product Atlas in both connected and disconnected environments. Our full vector-based, no database, data model agnostic [...]

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