Spurred by Taylor EC’s and Coast EPA’s FieldPro mapping inquiries, Futura’s FieldPro team started to brainstorm ways the two utilities could have non-user maps loaded to the FieldPro applications. Futura team members immediately realized that they needed access to data from each of the impacted systems in order to go further in the map creation process.
Once Futura was granted cooperative data access, creating and downloading the maps to Taylor EC and Coast EPA’s system was relatively easy. As FieldPro Solutions Manager Nicholas Gwinn describes the process, “FieldPro’s core infrastructure easily allows for the simple transfer of one co-op’s data into an in-house mapping system. Then, we can upload that map to a specific location on anyone’s server and view it through the FieldPro software anywhere in the field, no integration required.”
Futura’s FieldPro experts were well aware that not all of a cooperative’s data could be used, like a customer’s personal information. Cerilli describes how the team protected personal information while creating the non-user FieldPro maps. “To protect the clients, we conducted a data scrub that stripped out consumer information like names, addresses, and phone numbers. The full extent of the service area was given without those sensitive client details, and FieldPro users were able to download other area maps as if they were their own.”
Cerilli goes on to add, “Even though we removed all personal information, we added a couple of layers to the map that were related to hurricane damage. We added areas where the most damage was expected and where they were most likely to experience a high volume of outages. Those areas were specifically labeled Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma damage. It wasn’t a full map, but it showed the relevant primary conductor details.”
To ensure Coast EPA was fully equipped with the proper mapping information, Cerilli spent a whole day working remotely with Santinelli and several Coast EPA team members. Cerilli sat down one-on-one with the Coast EPA team to create maps that were just right for their recovery-assisting needs and conducted tests on their iPads to make sure the crew was comfortable with using other service area maps out in the field.
Since current FieldPro clients had previously received the proper software training and were experienced with using their own area maps, there wasn’t a huge learning curve with the addition of other service area maps. Gwinn explains, “It’s just a one-time static deployment and they hit the ground running.”