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Mobility solution makes field inspections more effective at Victoria's largest electricity distributor
Powercor, Victoria Australia
Powercor Australia is Victoria’s largest electricity distributor providing services to more than 675,000 residential and business users across Central and Western Victoria.
Powercor inspects and maintains power network assets including: power poles, substations, switches, lamps and transformers. In the past, work orders generated in SAP were manually loaded onto Portable Data Entry devices (PDEs). The PDEs were then dispatched to field teams to complete the work orders and returned to Powercor’s offices where the data was uploaded back into SAP.
This system had a number of problems associated with it – there was a 4 week turnaround for work order completion, it had limited functionality, and there was poor data quality resulting from freeform text entry. Furthermore, the system was not scalable. It was clear that a better workforce management solution needed to be found.
Powercor Australia engaged Geomatic Technologies (GT) to implement its industry proven Field Mobile Computing (GT FMC) solution.
The GT FMC workforce management solution is easy to use and integrates market leading technologies from Oracle and Sybase. GT FMC can run on a range of PDAs and ruggedised laptops. Its flexible design allows for easy integration with Powercor’s ERP (SAP) and Geographic Information System (GIS) (Smallworld). This is achieved via modules that address security, access, work order packaging and back-end integration.
The GT FMC solution has helped Powercor to achieve more effective management of its field teams, and provides a wide range of functionality that includes:
GT FMC initially addressed the requirements for Powercor's pole inspections including pole top and cross arms, defect management, and data capture. It was later extended to include other asset types and inspection requirements such as overhead lines and underground assets.
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High voltage transmission lines. Data displayed in map interface on mobile device. Entering power pole data on a mobile device.