Category Archives: Autumn 2017

Grow your capability

Growing companies know that IT is not an afterthought – it’s a critical framework driven by a strong team and connected by technology and processes, and it’s all about creating harmony between these moving parts. Who has time to sift through heaps of data, compile repetitive reports and get each piece of information to those who need it?

If you are looking to deliver relevant data (when and where it’s needed), tailor the experience to meet everyone’s needs and collaborate in real time to make better decisions, please contact us today to find out how we can help you.

X-Info Product Roadmap Update

X-Info Connect 5.0 was released in May 2017!

The product includes a new component for Users to perform common activities in a simple, intuitive way. The interface can be customised for Users and show activities they would commonly perform, making it easier to capture data and define workflow processes.

Exciting new features in X-Info Connect 5.0:

  • Enabling Users to view tasks only assigned to them and accessing these easily
  • Providing simple, quick data capture that can be delivered in different formats, such as wizards and pop-up windows
  • Easily access data by opening specific items or performing tailored searches with predefined search parameters
  • View data in a tab based interface which allows numerous items to be open simultaneously
  • Perform tasks specific to an item by defining customised tools in the toolbar
  • Share tailored reports and charts to specific Users

Using GIS to mitigate risk

One of Mipela’s long term South Australian clients, ElectraNet, recently asked us to undertake a couple of interesting projects that are worth sharing:

Bushfire Risk Analysis

GIS analysis is undertaken based on land use codes to identify the risk associated near nominated assets. Calculations may vary based on vegetation density, vegetation type and climatic variables as well as high voltage ratings, hardware and componentry. These are just a few considerations that can be used to determine what vegetation management tactics should be recommended to minimise bushfire risk. These proactive measures can also contribute to significant cost savings of insurance premiums.

Route analysis

Have you ever wondered how the initial corridor for a linear asset (like a powerline or a pipeline) is determined? Basically, based on a series of pre determined constraints, geospatial analysis is conducted across multiple layers of data to conclude on the most appropriate path for the asset. This doesn’t always result in the actual outcome as there are many other constraints to be considered like social and cultural aspects. The route analysis is just a small part of the route selection process.

X-Info Aware location tab

The Location tab will display any objects (properties, facilities, pipelines, etc.) with defined location layers and tasks that have location information. When an object is selected from the location tab, associated available tasks will be displayed and can be selected for the object.

Q1: Can I see Assigned Tasks near my current location?
A1: To see Assigned Tasks near your current location, ensure layers are turned on in the Location Tab. Zoom and pan to your current location, any assigned tasks near your location will display as a marker pin. Clicking on the marker pin will display the assigned task that is available. Clicking on the Assigned Task will take you to the task to complete.

Q2: Can I populate available forms for properties near my current location?
A2: Yes, to show available forms for properties around you, turn on the available layers function. The properties will then be defined with a marker pin. When more than one property is close, the marker will display a clustered marker with a counter.

Q3: Can I see available information for a property?
A3: To view available information click on the marker pin showing for the property. Select the property from the available list and available information for the selected property will display as information only.

Together, we grow

APA Group has grown to be Australia’s number one gas infrastructure business which operates more than $20 billion worth of assets.

Mipela is proud to have worked alongside APA since the 2000’s. Here’s a timeline that demonstrates how we have supported APA since 2007 using our X-Info product suite.

X-Info Plans Management

The “no brainer” solution to manage your incoming Dial Before You Dig responses

If your team are lodging large quantities of Dial Before You Dig enquiries with 1100.com.au, then we’ve got something you might be interested in.

X-Info Plans Management is a browser based solution that automates the collation of your incoming DBYD responses. Once all responses against an enquiry have been received, each nominated user will receive an email directly to advise them that the enquiry has been fulfilled – it’s that simple! Within that email they will receive a hyperlink to all of the information sent by the asset owners – including the email content and any attachments (which is often where the really important information is) and a link directly to the X-Info Plans Management dashboard so that they can check on any of the detail.

Not only does X-Info Plans Management significantly reduce the administration burden on your projects, it increases compliance and reduces project planning risks through proactive features such as automatically reminding you every 28 days when your current dials are due to expire.

In summary, X-Info Plans Management gives you a peace of mind that all DBYD enquiries are followed through accordingly. It’s a no brainer, really.