Category Archives: Spring 2017

People – celebration of purpose

To think it all started because of ‘US’!

August 2017 marked the 20th Anniversary of the company’s founding, an important milestone for the company as we reflect on our heritage and accomplishments. Mipela GeoSolutions is continually investing in our talented staff and we continue to celebrate long term business relationships with our valued clients.

The quality of our team and their highly skilled work continues to receive very positive feedback from our clients who highly value our service delivery.

On reflection, the major difference I see between “old” and “new” GIS technology is that today GIS is more than cartography. GIS first generation products were foremost an application for producing good looking paper maps and doing spatial analysis with the underlying data. The current-generation GIS technology (such as our X-Info Suite) are slightly different in that they offer a project/solution-based approach, meaning that a map is just one part of the puzzle. A map is no longer the final destination, but can be the starting point to greatly enhance workflows as what I would term a “GeoSolution” to systemise or automate a client’s business processes.

Today, Mipela GeoSolutions deliver an array of services committed to our purpose of “connecting people with information”. We have fully embraced the sectors progress with our focus on how technology can meet the needs of our clients using our X-Info suite of software.

A warm thank you to all of our team (past and present), suppliers, partners and clients for your support over the past 20 years.

The importance of data across the life of your assets

There is a huge amount of data that is collated across the lifecycle of an asset (from project inception to operations to decommissioning) – whether it be a pipeline construction, mine or any other lineal asset.

There are more often than not a number of hoops to be jumped through from a legislative perspective and data needs to be collated, reports prepared and compliance activities conducted.

Mipela GeoSolutions has provided a number of services to assist clients in this space for the past twenty years. From providing GIS support for initial desktop studies to route selection to stakeholder engagement and field service management, Mipela has a suitable solution for its clients’ needs. But where this becomes really powerful is when you think about the data across the life of the project – there are many instances when the data is gathered and used more than once. Add in the people engagement factor to this and there are also a number of risks that can be mitigated by using a single source of truth across the lifespan of the project – from the pre feasibility activities through to end of life.

In our next newsletter, we will explore this topic in more detail. In the interim, if you’d like to find out more, just give us a call on 1300 807 770.

Product Update X-Info WebConnect v5.1

X-Info Connect v5.1 is due to be released at the end of October. This also includes the release of X-Info WebConnect v5.1.

WebConnect v5.1 will feature a new user interface (UI) design and the Activities module. This module provides the same functionality and features as the current Connect v5.0 offers, giving Users easy access to the common processes or tasks they use Connect for, without having to navigate through the customary Connect Explorer.

WebConnect v5.1 will enable Activities set up in a connection to be available to Users a the web. This means quick and easy access to search, capture and view data that is relevant to specific Users. All activities can be customised for specific Users or User Groups, meaning data is accessed and used in a more significant way. Processes such as searching for data or updating data will be quicker and more simplified.

Users will still be able to toggle between the current WebConnect and the new version so the things they currently do don’t necessarily need to change.

WebConnect v5.1 will be previewed at the upcoming APGA Conference in October.

Mipela assist Luminous Energy in planning solar farms in Queensland

Farming in Australia is in a state of turmoil. Many farmers are saddled with unsustainably high debts and are hit by unstable crop prices. Extreme weather events, from mass flooding in 2011 to intolerable droughts in 2014, exacerbate the difficulties faced by Australian farmers. By diversifying into solar generation, farmers can regulate their annual income and secure their finances.

Luminous Energy specialises in the planning and development of large-scale photovoltaic power plants, from initial site selection to connection and commissioning. They organise the development of solar farms, taking projects from initial site selection up to the point at which they are ready to be built.

Luminous recently sought assistance from Mipela with data management and mapping support to produce plans suitable for property agreements and site constraint mapping for three proposed solar farm sites in Queensland.

As part of the planning and development process, Luminous are required to submit site development plans to local council and plans to accompany ecological assessments to State and Federal Government. With the decision makers being geographically spread between Australia and the UK rapid revisions of mapping was required. Having someone experienced on the ground who can interpret requirements and turn the work around in a timely manner like Mipela has been critical to the project so far. This well managed revision process has resulted in better project delivery with quickly delivered result in an effective manner.

Tasmanian Irrigation

“In August 2017, Tasmanian Irrigation migrated from a manual system of responding to dial before you dig enquiries and implemented the X-Info DBYD suite automated solution.

This has proved to be a cost-effective method to reduce the internal resources required to respond to enquiries, improve response times and reduce opportunities for human error.

This has led to a reduction in risk to our underground assets. The process of implementation was well managed by Mipela and their staff were supportive and accommodating throughout this process.”

Emily Tys, GIS Manager, Tasmanian Irrigation

Handy Tips and Tricks for X-Info Connect 5.0

Q1: What are some of the new features available in XIC v5.0?
A1: XIC version 5.0 introduces an additional customisable module which includes Activities; global or contextual, as well as some more additional features and a new look with updated icons.

Q2: What are Activities?
A2: Activities are common things a user might do in Connect. These could include; finding a land parcel, adding a communication, completing assigned tasks or updating contact information. They can be customised for specific Users and Groups, so only the relevant information is seen. Activities give users an easy way to complete the tasks/common processes in Connect without having to navigate through the customary Connect Explorer.

Q3: What are the differences between Global and Contextual Activities?
A3: Global Activities are things that can be done for the whole connection, including searching for contacts or communications, or adding a land parcel. Contextual Activities are things that can be done for specific objects (projects, linked entities, communications, contacts etc.), including completing an assigned task or updating contact information.


If you would like further information or assistance on X-Info Connect version 5.0 please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.