ESRI is pleased to announce that Consumers Energy (CE) will implement 1,800 seats of Tadpole-Cartesia’s field information system solution, which was developed using ESRI’s ArcPad software. Field employees in CE’s service, distribution, and line groups will benefit from this large-scale deployment of a field geographic information system (GIS). Consumers Energy is one of the nation’s largest utilities, providing electric and natural gas service to more than six million residents in all 68 counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
One of the largest ESRI mobile GIS implementations of its kind, the field information system uses ArcPad mobile GIS software for remote GIS mapping and analysis. The contract was awarded to Tadpole-Cartesia, a software subsidiary of Tadpole Technology plc, after an extensive benchmark and review process.
Field engineers will be able to boost productivity and efficiency through streamlined data management and maintenance, enhanced data automation, and greater data access. The ultimate value of the implementation will be better customer service, whether it is for field service, new construction projects, or outage management.
Key application areas for the field information system at CE include land base development, gas and electric distribution management, automated construction and as-built drawings, and outage maintenance. In addition, CE maintains an extensive database related to 1,700,000 underground gas and electric services not associated with electric and gas distribution data. Users can access, redline, and query these graphical records as well.
The Tadpole and ESRI relationship combines ESRI technology and Tadpole’s value-added modules to facilitate optimised GIS in the field. The ArcPad software-based field information system integrates seamlessly with the utility’s existing information technology infrastructure including ESRI’s ArcGIS software suite and applications such as dispatch and work order management.