Category Archives: Summer 2017

Data Never Snoozes!

In this Summer edition read about the capability of our team’s expertise to meet the compliance needs in your organisation.

We touch on AGL Energy’s move to Mipela GeoSolutions’ innovative and responsive, cloud hosted solution to simplify how users can now easily interact with their critical property business information.

Data is the modern world’s new gold or oil. It flows and pushes everything in the global economy, spawning terms such as “big data”. And just like gold and oil, this resource needs to be protected and so data integrity has become a critical part of any business.

Data is on overdrive. Data is exploding faster than our ability to put our arms around it, so you’re going to have to adapt. It’s being generated at break-neck pace, flooding out of the dozens of connected devices we use every day, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

An effective compliance solution is essential to good corporate governance and risk management. If you would like to reduce the risk of oversight, substantial fines, and demonstrate compliance, then contact us today to see how Mipela can assist you.

I would also like to recognise, and welcome to the Mipela family, our new Clients, Farming Together, Gondwana Consulting, Hydro Tasmania and TasNetworks.

Finally, I thank you for your trust and support through 2017. On behalf of the team at Mipela GeoSolutions, we wish you and your family a happy Christmas and safe travels during the festive seasons. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the New Year.

Hayden McDonald Founder & Managing Director

Managing Your Information – from beginning to end

Over the lifecycle over a project, there are a number of activities that are conducted that, by the nature of the activity, accrue large amounts of data. Here’s an example.

You’re in the early planning phases of developing a lineal asset. Before you send someone out to “walk the line”, you’ll most likely engage an environmental consultant and a GIS consultant and a cultural heritage consultant… get the picture? Each of these people commonly work independently to provide you with the information you need to progress your plans. Some of this information is also used to establish leases and property acquisitions.

A lot of this data is reproduced unknowingly across the independent consultants. Repetition costs money.

And we’re still in the planning phase… we haven’t even mentioned engaging with landowners and other stakeholders yet… or field and maintenance teams once the project moves to operational mode…

Mipela can help you map out the lifecycle of your project and work with you to plan how you can mitigate the repetition. Centrally manage all of your data – geospatial and other business information – in one single source of truth; connect the right people to the right information; provide real time data entry from the workers in the field; and reporting on demand.

Minimise risk and maximise your data investment across the whole lifecycle of your project.

If you’re interested in becoming part of a pilot program we’re running on this topic, we’d love to hear from you. Call Karen on 1300 807 770.

AGL Move to the Cloud

“AGL Energy’s move to Mipela GeoSolution’s cloud hosted X-Info WebConnect solution simplifies how users interact with their critical property business information.

Now, X-Info WebConnect is used by teams across AGL’s business to provide real time access to asset and  property data.”

Doug Hunt
Land & Approvals Manager, 
Group Operations
AGL Energy Ltd

YPF Road Trip

In mid-September, I had the privilege of visiting Mt Isa to check out APA’s Diamantina Power Station and the construction process of the Northern Gas Pipeline.

About 25 YPF (Young Pipeliners Forum) members made the journey, and none were disappointed. Starting in APA’s Diamantina Power Station, we saw some of the striking turbines that make the power and the command centre where they constantly optimise the balance between output and demand. Several hundred bumpy kilometres later, we emerged from the tour bus on the desolate sands at KP433 of the NGP, just off the Qld-NT border. Standing in a remote camp, one begins to appreciate the challenges of pipeline building. Preservation of cultural heritage and providing benefits for local communities are key concerns among the workers.

The highlight was seeing the welding process first-hand; it was fascinating! The welders work with almost perfect efficiency.

Written by Tony Battistel, Mipela Solution Specialist

Meet Our New Team

Scott Newman (L) – Business Development Executive Joining the ranks of our diverse office, we have yet another traveller in our midst. Only this year Scott spent two weeks travelling from the bottom of South America, across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Highlights from his trip included the amazing scenery and being able to kayak through the ice to get up close to seals, penguins and whales. Following his Antarctic trip, he took to discovering far north Queensland over four weeks with his family. As a past client and old friend to Mipela, Scott is no stranger to our software and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Business Development Team.

Sebastien Hansmar (R) – Support Specialist Our newest Support Specialist is a French Danish amateur guitar player with an interest for collecting honey. As an avid traveller, his favourite place visited so far is Yanaka, Japan, a quaint traditional district just outside of Tokyo where cats roam free. Much like the rest of the office he also has a soft spot for dogs, especially Max and Kenny, his Lhasa Apso x Toy Poodles. Seb comes from an IT background and has already proven to have great problem solving skills, an essential contribution to our Services Support Team.

Handy Hints and Tips

Q1: How do I make a new activity?
A1: Make sure the activities panel is viewable by selecting the View button from the toolbar on the top of the X-Info Connect window. Selecting the Activities option will show the appropriate window. Right-click the Connection, highlight Add and select from the options available.

Q2: What are the options I can create for Activities?
A2: There are five options for Activities:

1. Folder will create a folder to store any Activities.

2. Open will perform a search on specified user input and display search results. User input, results filtering can be defined in the Open activity settings.

3. Search will perform a similar function to Open, but has the capability to show multiple results using multiple input options.

4. Capture can be used to create new objects (as a global activity) or update data for an object (as a contextual activity).

5. Overview allow a range of data display options, from tables and group boxes to charts and graphs and they can be defined for particular Users and User Groups.

If you would like further information or assistance on XIC version 5.0 please contact the MG Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.

Simplify Your User Workflows

The Activities module in X-Info Connect has enabled many Users to carry out their daily tasks, such as searching or data capture, in a more simplified and streamlined way.

Activities allow a new style of interface to be used within Connect which focuses on what Users need to see and do with the data. Customised searches and data capture forms and buttons are configurable, which means different User groups can see different activities and tools, depending on their role.

For example, a site officer may only want to search for their assigned properties.

Activities allow this workflow to be a simple step by step process without the need to search through the Connect Explorer. Activities can be configured by a Connection Administrator and can be filtered by Users or User Groups and organized into folders. This allow control over who can see what within the Activities Interface, further customising a Connection specific to Users’ needs.

The Activities Module is available in X-Info Connect v5.0.

X-Info User Group – Vic

Our last User Group of the year was held in Melbourne on the last day of November.

Special thanks to Ben Richmond and the team at Palisade Asset Management for hosting the event and providing an insight into how they utilise X-Info Suite end-to-end for managing third party works over the easement and the interoperability with their work order system, Maintenance Connection.

Keep an eye out for your invitation to upcoming User Group sessions in your State next year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Mipela GeoSolutions team would like to thank each and every one of our clients for a great 2017. We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the festive season with your loved ones and stay safe. We look forward to continuing our working partnership in 2018.

OFFICE CLOSED – Friday 22 December 2017
REOPENS – Monday 8 January 2018

For any X-Info product support issues during this closure the Support Desk can be contacted on 1300 857 870 or email support@mipela.com.au between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm week days (AEST), excluding the Statutory Public Holidays.