Category Archives: Spring 2016

Bring ideas to life

One of IT’s biggest challenge today is delivering all the new solutions that business users are demanding.

Fully integrated with backend systems (asset management, CRM, document management, finance, GIS, to name a few) and that work simply on any device. They need to be ready in days, not months. They need to be able to adapt to ever changing business requirements. Deployed in the cloud, on-premise, or in a hybrid environment, that work on and off-line, in the office or the field, even worse with scares resources and ever shrinking budgets, that’s why they say IT is not easy these days.

That is why more and more companies these days are turning to Mipela GeoSolutions for the suite of tools they need to rapidly deliver sophisticated digital solutions for desktop, Internet and mobile. With Mipela GeoSolutions X-Info Suite you can configure all sorts of business solutions in a fraction of the time and cost with the resources you already have.

You can quickly build incredible user interfaces with powerful business logic and workflows without having to master difficult technologies and languages. Plus all backend systems are integrated with X-Info’s powerful and simple connectors, tasks and reporting engine. You can configure native device applications that allows you to access Maps, GPS and camera, providing your users with amazing experiences that work out-of-the-box.

X-Info Suite data capture, management, visualisation and delivery software are your tools to collaborate, create, refine and deliver solutions. We have helped hundreds of companies in the Energy and Infrastructure sector, bring their ideas to life, faster and better than ever.

A snapshot of our Quarterly Product Updates

The latest quarterly release for X-Info products has been announced. Here’s a snapshot of the latest features:

X-Info Connect tagline 96dpi 4.2

  • Summary field enhancement
  • InConn tracking column
  • Picker filters for all object types
  • Client connection speed and performance enhancement
  • User friendly features including collapsible object lists, multi-select and click and drag

X-Info WebConnect tagline 96dpi 4.2

  • Quick Create buttons
  • Link directly to an object button
  • User profile management
  • WebConnect branding options
  • Easier control group expend/collapse
  • Easier control group expand/collapse
  • Improved overview icons

X-Info Aware tagline 96dpi 2.2

  • Location tab now displays location layers and assigned tasks and paused tasks
  • Markup image field
  • New signature field

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X-Info Maps tagline 96dpi  5.7

  • Support for new file types and databases
  • Maintenance Connection v7.0 support
  • Parallel processing of DBYD projects

For detailed information, please contact our Support team on 1300 807 7700.

Strategic Partnership: Maintenance Connection Inc and Mipela GeoSolutions integrate Facility Maintenance and Asset Management Software with Maps

Sacramento (California, USA) and Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) – Maintenance Connection Inc (MC), one of the dominant solutions providers delivering quality Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) to organizations around the world, and Mipela GeoSolutions (MG) a professional Geographical Information Systems (GIS) services company and premier location information software specialist is about to announce a new strategic partnership at MC’s Annual User Group seminar called Checkpoint held 3 – 5 October 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland on the east coast of the United States.

“We are very pleased to form a strategic partnership with Maintenance Connection. By combining Mipela GeoSolution’s expertise in GIS to visually unlock Maintenance Connection asset and facility data for users. With Maintenance Connection’s vision of all aspects of a maintenance operation, all packaged in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that allows MC users to manage maintenance, not software.” said Hayden McDonald, Founder and Managing Director of Mipela GeoSolutions.

The partnership will combine MC’s expertise in Facility Maintenance and Asset Management software with MG’s GIS service and X-Info Suite software platform to deliver seamless spatial integration for Maintenance Connection.

What’s new?

  • Seamlessly integrates your enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) and Maintenance Connection system by embedding maps directly into Maintenance Connection’s CMMS solution.
  • Brings Maintenance Connection and GIS together by map-enabling your Maintenance Connection system, and integrating Maintenance Connection and GIS at both the data and application levels.
  • Search Maintenance Connection spatially, using virtually unlimited parameters for a user-defined region or area on the map.

First X-Info User Group wrap-up: From vision to action

The inception of X-Info User Group early this year began with a vision to create a networking platform where X-Info community congregates, learn and exchange ideas and information on how they utilise X-Info products and solutions in their businesses.

On 25 February 2016, we launched our first X-Info User Group in Adelaide with ElectraNet as our host of the event. The event was an instant hit and since then, we have been organising back to back user group sessions across the states covering Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

Over the last 6 months, we have discussed broad range of topics on how X-Info products and services have been utilised differently across various business functions including business process improvements, migration of legacy system, creating and sustaining stakeholders’ engagement and managing end to end DBYD processes.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our gracious hosts for turning our vision into a reality. Our sincere gratitude to ElectraNet, DBP, Powerlink, CNC Project Management and CitiPower Powercor for their support, without them X-Info User Group sessions will not be possible. We would also like to thank all attendees for their participation and continuously injecting fresh ideas to help us improve.

BRINGING SAXI BACK!

Our upcoming X-Info User Group in Adelaide takes place on 29 September at 4pm in our Adelaide office. We will be mixing business with pleasure by hosting a beer tasting and providing attendees with the change to use X-Info Aware on their own devices.

There will also be a presentation by APA Group, on how they are using X-Info DBYD suite and its complexities.

Get in touch!

If you are interested to host our next X-Info User Group event, please get in touch with Phoebe Tan.

If you would like to participate, keep and eye on our posts on LindkedIn or contact us directly on 1300 807 770 to register.

Property Information Service made easy

Since its inception, Queensland Urban Utilities had primarily sourced its property information from Brisbane City Council’s Coreland application. On 30 June 2016, this arrangement ceased and an alternative data source was required. Queensland Urban Utilities’ area of interest covers five Councils – Brisbane, Somerset, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and the Scenic Rim Regional Councils – and the solution needed to align the process of acquiring property data across all regions.

Queensland Urban Utilities selected Mipela to provide a suitable Property Information Service solution that would support business functions including; billing, managing customer enquiries (via the Contact Centre, mail, email and social media), maintenance operations for meter reading, and spatial analysis for asset capital works and operational planning. The objectives of the project were to reduce costs associated with acquiring property data, improve accuracy of the data, and align acquisition of the data to enable a more efficient use of data within the business.

The Property Information Service was designed using Mipela’s X-Info Connect, with X-Info WebConnect providing a browser based lookup interface for staff to reference both historical and the ongoing new data.

Property, ownership, valuation and geographic information from Department of Natural Resources and Mines is combined into a database within X-Info Connect and automatically updated daily, with the service checking each data source for any changes. This data is then automatically delivered from X-Info Connect for consumption by the business for various purposes.

The Property Information Service has been established with future requirements in mind, as additional Queensland Urban Utilities applications come to require access to property information. This cloud based solution is fully managed by Mipela, with no administrative requirements by Queensland Urban Utilities staff.

Now, large volumes of data and updates are received and automatically processed for delivery by X-Info Connect into the Property Information Service. The integrity of the data has significantly increased and there is an increased level of comfort in the data being received. Queensland Urban Utilities has provided the business with a cost saving, reliable source of property information that can be used by various areas of the business in a consumable format.

Handy tips for X-Info Connect

Q1: My Connection Explorer Window has disappeared; is there a way to restore it?

A1: The default layout can be reset if required under the View Menu. This will restore any windows that have been closed. To do this select View > Reset Panel Layout.

Q2: Is communication filtering possible while on the Communication Tab?

A2: Yes. To allow communication filtering select User Preferences > Lists and then tick the checkbox on for “Allow communication filtering”. This will allow you to apply various filters to the Communication Tab.

Q3: There is an Entity that is linked to multiple Projects Groups in the Connection. Is it possible to view all Communications for that Entity without clicking wherever the Entity is linked in the Connection?

A3: Yes, it is possible to view all communications related to an Entity. To do this, click on the Entity and navigate to the Communications Tab. Then select the “Show all communications for this entity” button from the toolbar. All communications will now display in the Communication Summary field, the communications in blue are those that have been entered at a different area in the Connection.

Your competitive advantage in field service management

We are in a new era of oil and gas exploration and production. With commodity prices being in a slump many new developments across the world have been shelved. In Queensland we have seen all three LNG proponents, QCLNG, GLNG, and APLNG scale back their development expenditures. Understandably the focus for all these energy companies has switched to getting the most out of their existing assets.

As energy and infrastructure companies move from construction into operational mode, they require vendors with matching skill sets. This new era of work requires groups who can service multiple sites in an efficient and cost effective manner. The companies that are able to flourish in this competitive phase are only able to win contracts if they are able to demonstrate a serious competitive advantage.

Mipela GeoSolutions is excited to announce the launch of X-info Service Suite. X-info Service suite has been designed as an out of the box configurable online tool which streamlines the way in which its users receive work orders from their customers and provide work instructions to their employees in the field. Its field data capture capabilities then allow everyone to see and understand which tasks were completed on each site.

We have developed this tool to help service companies drive value through efficient and clear communication with both their clients and service technicians. We have a proven track record of giving our clients a clear competitive advantage though X-info Service Suite.