SoCalGas chooses ActiveG InformME

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has chosen ActiveG InformME to improve its activeG InformMEmobile Maximo experience for field personnel.  InformME will be used to gather metering and other asset information in the field for critical gas storage inspection processes in SoCalGas’s southern California operations.

ActiveG InformME is a user-friendly, map-based mobile application for Maximo, providing disconnected or connected work order creation/update capabilities via an intuitive  map-based interface.

For more information on how InformME can improve your mobile Maximo experience, contact ActiveG today.

About SoCalGas

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.9 million consumers through 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border.

SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.

About ActiveG

ActiveG provides innovative, advanced spatial software solutions for companies running IBM Maximo, delivering complete integration of your Enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) with the Maximo product line, via its MapEngine™ and InformME™ solutions.

Tying Maps to Existing Client Web Services

Unlock your Map Services in Maximo with MapEngine

MapEngine™ has the ability to integrate with web services developed by the client to display, filter, or search records. This gives the client the flexibility to create the web service based on current business processes and resources. For example, web services from our clients include: clustered work orders, map searches against custom/external systems, and AVL data tracking.

Legend control for clustered work orders

Work Order Clustering: Work orders can clutter the map and make it difficult to see distinct work orders that are near one another. One solution to this problem is to build a clustering service that groups work orders together based on a specific extent and proximity to other work orders at that extent. The clustering service would be based on a clear, detailed business process for how the work orders will be filtered and displayed.  The display could include various images displaying different statuses or types of work orders as well as different cluster groupings.

Clusters

Clustered work orders, visualized in Maximo via MapEngine’s integration with a client’s cluster services.

Custom Searches: Each client has their own landmarks that may have significance to a Maximo user. For example, in St. Louis the Gateway Arch may be a point of interest, or in Seattle the Space Needle may be a point on the map that the user would like to visualize. quickly.  Or there may be different fixed locations that may not be well-known assets or locations in Maximo, but have significance to the user in finding their way on the map. Or they may be sourced from a customer information/utility billing system. A customer can setup a web service used by MapEngine to search for these items. The web service returns the map location and maybe even a unique icon, for each found item.

Vehicles on a map in Maximo

Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL): Fixed assets are straight forward to manage because their position rarely changes. However, moving assets such as vehicles require additional technology to track the location at a given time. There are several AVL providers that equip vehicles with devices to track their location. This AVL data can be fed into a map service and tracked real time.

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority chooses activeG MapEngine

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has chosen activeG MapEngine as its spatial integration for Maximo.  MapEngine will deliver advanced spatial integration of ESRI ArcGIS maps for the Water Authority’s Maximo enterprise asset management (EAM) system, providing users with dynamic visualization and map-based creation of work orders, service requests, routes, and more.    “We’re excited to deliver our advanced spatial solutions for the Maximo users at the Water Authority, ” said Don Anderson, managing partner at activeG.

“The activeG MapEngine will allow us to increase the efficiency in managing the maintenance of over 600,000 assets,” said Water Authority Chief Information Officer Chris Framel.  “Our supervisors will be able to visually manage work crews from within Maximo using the activeG MapEngine as assets, work orders and assigned crews will be visible and easily identifiable. An additional cost saving benefit of activeG is the ability to create routes that will minimize windshield time and maximize wrench time for our crews from each of our five divisions. The activeG MapEngine is the final piece we needed to  complete the implementation of a true enterprise asset management system.”

About the Water Authority

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority provides water and wastewater services to the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area. With an operating budget of $171 million, it is the largest water utility in New Mexico.

The Water Authority has:

  • 600+ employees
  • 200,000+ customer accounts, representing some 606,780 water users
  • 3,065 miles of water supply pipeline
  • 2,409 miles of sewer collector pipeline
  • $1 billion+ in assets

 

MapEngine Goes Mobile: activeG announces partnership with Interloc Solutions

activeG LLC announces a partnership agreement with Interloc Solutions, to further enhance and optimize Interloc’s award-winning Mobile Informer application by combining it with activeG’s MapEngine—to deliver world-class mobile asset visualization.

The Mobile Informer extends to a wide variety of mobility devices, providing an integrated platform for client driven applications that work both on-line and off-line.

Clickable ESRI ArcGIS-based map for identifying work orders and other data from Maximo.

activeG’s MapEngine technology is now available as an add-on for the Mobile Informer, delivering mobile asset visualization, both for connected and disconnected mobile scenarios.  The combination of the Mobile Informer and MapEngine builds upon key benefits current desktop MapEngine users enjoy, such as map-based work order creation and map-based asset searching/identification.

Deployed directly within Maximo, the Mobile Informer platform requires no middleware software. The unique, open architecture of Mobile Informer lets you select the user interface development platform that is most appropriate for the mobile device being used. Administrative functions including device, user, session management and others are all performed within Maximo itself.

To learn more about Mobile Informer, please visit http://www.interlocsolutions.com/interloc-products/interloc-mobile-informer-for-Maximo/.

About Interloc Solutions
Interloc Solutions is a recognized leader in providing award winning and innovative Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) consulting services and industry and product solutions. 100% Maximo focused, IBM AAA technical accreditation, Ready for Tivoli validated products and winners of the IBM Pulse 2012 Best of Show and Smarter Planet Awards — Interloc Solutions is in a unique position to be your Maximo consulting services trusted partner.  They deliver innovative and business driven solutions to maximize the performance of all enterprise assets.

The Mobile Informer is a mobility platform built specifically to support mobile applications on the iPhone/iPad or Android that integrate directly with Maximo. It provides a platform for the rapid development of lightweight, extensible applications that communicate with Maximo via web services and comply with open standards. Deployed directly within Maximo, the Mobile Informer platform requires no middleware software. The unique, open architecture of Mobile Informer lets you select the user interface development platform that is most appropriate for the mobile device being used. Administrative functions including device, user, session management and others are all performed within Maximo itself.

MapEngine and RulesManager Now Power Up Maximo Together

As a result of our recently-announced partnership with Total Resource Management, activeG is proud to offer integration between TRM RulesManager and activeG MapEngine, unlocking Maximo with the power of rules-based transactions driven through MapEngine’s spatial interface.

Ever wished you could do things like:

  • On an array of work orders in a given geographic region, set the work order lead to a specified person?
  • Change the parent of selected work orders to a new or other work order for grouping common work based on location?
  • Set the GL account, work code, any other attribute on work orders selected on a map?

All this is now possible without the need of complicated MBO programming.  Instead, create JavaScript-based rules in RulesManager that leverage MapEngine’s spatial functionality.

The bottom line:

  • Use MapEngine’s map-based GUI to query/select assets, locations, work orders and more–with or without spatial criteria, then…
  • Use RulesManager to take the data gathered on the map and do basic-to-complex transactions simply, doing the heavy lifting in Maximo.

For a complete demo of MapEngine and RulesManager together making Maximo even more powerful, contact us today.

Map Query

MapEngine’s Map Query feature puts more asset data at your fingertips–spatially.

MapEngine with Map QueryWhat is Map Query?

Map Query is a powerful user-driven, query-based spatial search tool for MapEngine. Now it’s possible to:

  • Create on-the-fly queries in Maximo that spatially display your results.  In the past, you could search for an asset or location that matched a given value.  Now if you can think it, you can search it.  Map Query lets you search on any asset or work management data (status, owner, date, description, and more) and see it on the map.  The search criteria are fully configurable.
  • Filter your query results spatially. Perhaps you want to filter your results further by selecting only items in a certain area or boundary. Just draw a polygon to define the area you want and filter your results to that area.  Or create a user-defined buffer on a point, polygon, or linear asset to filter your query results.
  • Save your most frequently-used queries for repeat use. If you’ve got an assigned area that you manage, or a certain asset type to monitor, build your query once to suit your need.  Then reuse it over and over.

Map Query Scenario – Crew Reassignment
Here’s a quick scenario that illustrates how Map Query functionality is beneficial:

Scenario Challenges How Map Query Helps
A crew chief, John, is out on leave. His work for the needs to be reassigned to others quickly and efficiently.You have GPS on your vehicles, so you can see your crew locations on the map. You need to find all work orders assigned to John and distribute them to one or more available crews.You also need to assign John’s work to the crews closest to the respective work order locations.
  1. Define a query to find John’s work (i.e. by assignee/lead), then view it on the map.
  2. Filter your results by creating a 7-mile buffer (the distance a crew an travel in a day) on a given vehicle and rerun your query.
  3. Use the map results to reassign John’s work that falls into the buffered distance to the other crew.

There are many other scenarios where MapEngine’s Map Query can be used to speed up and simplify the process of managing work or managing assets in Maximo.  To find out more, contact us here at activeG.

You’re invited: activeG-TRM Event – Nov 7 – Mesa, AZ

Powering Up Maximo – Spatial and Process Strategies for Utility Asset Management


Are you attending the upcoming Fall 2011 Maximo Utility Working Group – MUWG meeting in Mesa, AZ – Nov. 7-9?

If so, then make the most of your travel day, Monday, Nov. 7 and join TRM and activeG for a FREE “Powering Up Maximo – Spatial and Process Strategies for Utility Asset Management” event – featuring TRM RulesManager and activeG’s MapEngine.  Or, if you can’t make the MUWG, just join us!

Date: Monday November 7, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM MST (Add to my calendar)
Where: Mesa Arizona Convention Center, Bld A – Apache Room
263 N Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
(Driving Directions)

Register Now

This event brings together two powerful technologies that enable you to configure Maximo to best meet your business and technology requirements without customizing out-of-the-box Maximo.

RulesManager: dynamic business logic and user interface control

MapEngine: sophisticated spatial visualization leveraging multiple GIS data stores — much more than GIS integration
Leverage the power of RulesManager and MapEngine together!

Together you get Powerful User, Applications and Data Security without the configuration challenges.

Check out the most productive and lowest risk lifecycle configuration management paradigm for Maximo.  Join TRM and activeG on Nov. 7th!

Register Now!

We look forward to seeing you!  If you can’t make this event, contact us and we’ll do it virtually for you!

ActiveG announces partnership with TRM

ActiveG announces a partnership agreement with Total Resource Management, Inc. (TRM) to further enhance and optimize TRM’s Asset and Operational Performance solutions with ActiveG’s world-class GIS expertise and spatial visualization software solutions. TRM will utilize ActiveG’s MapEngine software products to provide its clients with sophisticated spatial visualization capabilities using a flexible, agile, configuration paradigm. TRM’s business technology solutions leverage the world’s leading asset and service management platform — IBM Maximo, along with best practices for strategy, design, configuration, integration, organizational change management, training, performance and analytics.

“IBM’s Maximo Spatial and Linear Assets software applications provide excellent support for many of our client’s MAXIMO-ESRI GIS integration needs, however these products’ functionality can be greatly enhanced using the ActiveG MapEngine spatial visualization system.” says TRM Chairman & Chief Strategist Ray Brisbane. “The flexibility of embedding any spatial visualization component, using multiple spatial data stores, anywhere in Maximo, is exactly the functionality that our clients require to meet their objectives.”

“We are excited to be working closely with TRM. The emergence of powerful new spatial data technologies and the broad acceptance of IBM Maximo to manage land-based assets has reached a point of convergence”, explained Don Anderson, ActiveG’s Supreme Commander. “The measurable Return on Investment to improve asset and operational performance in the management of cities, utilities and transportation assets is quite impressive.”

TRM focuses on designing and optimizing Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and IT Service Management (ITSM) systems to help organizations optimize their asset and operational performance. TRM’s RulesManager software is the leading configuration and performance improvement system for IBM Maximo. An important part of the TRM-ActiveG partnership will be to help clients improve their asset and operational performance through effective integration of TRM’s RulesManager and ActiveG’s MapEngine software products.

“We are laser focused on providing capabilities that simplify and improve our client’s ability to configure and leverage Maximo to maximize their asset management performance. The key is to not only provide improved functionality, but to do it easily, rapidly, and in a method that does not introduce lifecycle management costs and risks” says TRM VP of Product Development, Al Johnson. “ActiveG and their MapEngine software adhere to those same principles for spatial visualization design and configuration.”

This partnership allows TRM to leverage ActiveG’s deep experience with geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and virtually any spatial data and spatial technology. This partnership also allows ActiveG to leverage TRM’s deep subject matter expertise in Maximo, utilities, and transportation asset management.

TRM Contact:
Liz Ruana
Director of Marketing
Total Resource Management
703-548-4285
www.trmnet.com
liz.ruana@trmnet.com
ActiveG Contact:
Andy Stewart
Director of Business Development
activeG, LLC
(480) 610-0839
activeG.com
andy.stewart@activeg.com

About TRM
Total Resource Management (TRM) is focused on improving the asset and operational performance of organizations through the effective use of information technologies.  TRM is an IBM Premier Business Partner with over fifteen years’ experience delivering asset and service management solutions based upon IBM Maximo.  TRM supports clients across a wide range of industries, including government, defense, cities, facilities, energy, utilities, transportation and life sciences. TRM is based in Alexandria, Virginia and has business centers across the U.S.  For more information, visit www.trmnet.com or call (703) 548-4285

About activeG
Since 1992, activeG, LLC has been taking enterprises spatial by providing innovative, advanced spatial software solutions and services.  activeG MapEngine™ provides seamless integration between any enterprise GIS solution and IBM Maximo.
Based in Mesa, Arizona, activeG’s spatial experts help companies around the globe better manage their dispersed field assets through smart integration with GIS.  For more information, visit activeG.com or call (480) 610-0839.

Plug ‘n’ Play

Chances are you’re reading this because you’ve invested heavily in your GIS systems by building your own GIS-based web applications, and you’d love to maximize that investment inside Maximo.  MapEngine’s plug and play capability allows you to do just that.

For instance, your GIS team develops some cool, business-specific ArcGIS Server web applications.  By design, those applications have components, dialogs and web services (CDWS) that provide a common UI throughout the applications.  Your team then plugs those CDWS into MapEngine, giving the maps in Maximo the same look, feel, and interactions as your other applications (plays nice in Maximo).

With MapEngine, you can plug and play your homegrown ArcGIS web services and components in Maximo.

So go ahead, create your own map print web service with legend, compass, logo, etc.; set up a customer, address and point of interest map search dialog specific to your business; create other componentized business-specific GIS/map functionality in your GIS web applications—whatevs.

Maximize that GIS application investment by plugging it and playing it in Maximo with MapEngine™.

Your Enterprise

Taking Your Enterprise Spatial

The figure below illustrates how various services and data can be assembled together to get the best use of/ROI for your spatial data.  A variety of spatially-related data can be stored in one or more spatial stores within your organization.  This data can be accessed through spatial viewers both embedded in Maximo, and also viewed through separate stand-alone viewers such as Google Earth, Google Maps, Microsoft Bing Maps, etc.  Once the viewers are embedded into to Maximo/MapEngine, users can perform any asset-related transaction through the map interface.

Your EnterpriseThis configuration allows the customer the benefit of directly accessing asset and work-related GIS data while inside Maximo, and at the same time it provides a path for future growth when the need for accessing non-asset data via a map becomes important.

And if you’re a MapEngine user, it doesn’t matter where you store the data.  So whether your GIS data storage preference is Oracle Spatial, ArcSDE, SQL Server, flat files, or some other data warehouse,  MapEngine can deliver that data visually inside Maximo.