Category Archives: Winter 2015

What’s new with X-info Connect?

Managing assets efficiently is one thing but managing alignment sheet change sets is quite another. Developing hundreds of alignment sheets every year, the innovative Mipela GeoSolutions projects team put their thinking caps on and, on paper, mapped out an alignment route management process. Then, using X-Info Connect converted the mapped out process into an electronic alignment route manager.

Branded X-Info Alignment Route Manager the system is designed to provide users with:

  • A tool managing spatial data inputs to an asset Line List (with linkages to A-Sheets)
  • A traceable change management process for reviewing and approving data and issuing for use
  • Ability to configure the way users view the linear data
The Management Process

The major concept in the system is the use of a line list for the management of data along a linear asset. This will be a familiar concept to users of A-Sheets and linear infrastructure.

Data can be managed along the asset via kilometre points or easting and northing – the reciprocal is calculated so that both are present in the database.

Data is also prepared according to three levels of use using the standard engineering drawing classifications:

  1. Issued for Information = IFI
  2. Issued for Review = IFR
  3. Issued for Use = IFU
The Approval Process

X-Info Connect is the engine that drives the X-Info Alignment Route Manager approval process and captures standard communication types for each activity type: phone calls, emails, meetings, as well as scheduled follow up actions. For instance you can:

  • Submit change requests for review instantly
  • Receive notification when request is approved or rejected
  • Capture all actions and activities as they occur ensuring transparency
  • Schedule change set activities report distribution to one or many email recipients
  • Revisit change set history with ease through dataview or reporting

Overall the process is simple, the system is easy to use, and set up requirements are minimal. Call today and move away from managing paper based alignment sheets the traditional manual way.

Perfect match: X-Info Connect and Maintenance Connection

First it was X-Info Maps integration with Maintenance Connection, now Mipela GeoSolutions has found the perfect addition by enabling X-Info Connect to also communicate with Maintenance Connection.

This new pairing enables users to visualise assets through embedded GIS functionality, allowing users to:

  • Automatically create WorkOrders and Assets through the mapping interface within Maintenance Connection
  • Automatically create a WorkOrder based on a trigger from X-Info Connect.

Example

When a new DBYD Works Management request is created, a WorkOrder can be automatically generated for that request within Maintenance Connection. The resulting WorkOrder number can then be populated back to X-Info Connect and linked to Maintenance Connection to enable other automated or adhoc actions such as emailing, populating GIS files or adding communications. The request and WorkOrder can also be visualised on a map (in either X-Info Connect or Maintenance Connection) and interrogated through tools in the X-Info Maps interface.

Through this integration, workflow is improved between the two systems resulting in users having a seamless experience to achieve the business objectives of managing their assets and stakeholders.

Benefit
  • Automates WorkOrder creation for Affected DBYD responses in Maintenance Connection
  • Automates status of open and closed DBYD WorkOrders back into X-Info Connect
  • Eliminates manual intervention of allocated WorkOrders to appropriate resources
  • Eliminates forwarding Affected DBYD response emails to allocated resource for interpretation
  • DBYD and associated WorkOrder statistics can be tracked and reported on.

Overall, this new workflow automation software functionality improves the automatic generation of WorkOrders rising from DBYD enquiries, or any other Works request initiating business data, and further integrates the automation between X-Info Connect, X-Info Maps and Maintenance Connection.