ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data.
ikeGPS announces today its partnership with C3F-Tech of Quebec, Canada, for delivering the most complete solution for collecting and managing utility pole data for applications, such as Joint Use Audits, Make Ready Engineering, Pole Replacement Programs and Post Construction As-built Audits. The electric utility and telecommunication industries and their networks of contractors have been hampered for decades by the traditional methods of collecting and managing information about their utility poles and aerial distribution networks. Today, ikeGPS and C3F-Tech are announcing the release of integration between IKE 4 and Pole Position, which delivers an end-to-end solution for reducing the cost of getting superior data and providing a single platform for managing pole related work transactions.
IKE 4 is the only handheld integrated solution that delivers better efficiency, safety and Photo Verifiable Accuracy of measurements and geo-location for utility poles. “Over the past several years we’ve been very pleased with the steady adoption of IKE by electric utilities and communication companies,” said Mike McGill, Senior Vice President for the Utilities Business Unit at ikeGPS. McGill went on to say that “Our latest release of IKE is driving a faster pace of adoption, as utilities of all sizes find that IKE 4 is easy to learn, deploy and integrate with the applications they use most, like pole loading and GIS.” IKE is the smarter, faster, safer front- end to a broader workflow. Using IKE 4 and Pole Position together means that utilities can leverage the native data collected with IKE 4 by automating its completion, validation and publishing in virtually any format, as prescribed by the requirements of the customers’ workflow. “We’re excited about partnering with C3F-Tech and integrating with Pole Position, because we know the integrated approach drives better efficiency and quality for the utilities and communication companies we serve,” said McGill.
Initially built around IKE 3, Pole Position is a software system that was developed to integrate the data and improve the efficiency of C3F’s internal workflow. Pole Position now directly interfaces the IKE Field & Office Cloud and processes the native data produced by IKE 4. Pole Position automates processes, such as data validation, regulatory compliance and automatic transcription, generation and assembly of documents such as pole data sheets and joint-use permit requests, regardless of their format and presentation standard.
“Within the first year after we started to create software to integrate the unique technology developed by ikeGPS into C3F’s Telecom workflow, we realized that we had reached a point of rupture with our traditional ways. Once quantified, the benefits exceeded our expectations and this is what compelled us launching C3F-Tech to develop and enhance Pole Position as a generic system for commercialization,” says Michel Jarry, President and CEO of C3F-Tech.
C3F-Tech Inc is a technology spin-off from C3F Telecom Inc, a Canadian Profit 500 company that has been engineering and building telecommunication networks since 2001. C3F-Tech is entirely dedicated to engineering innovative systems helping the public utilities, their joint users and engineering service providers do their work better, faster and more productively. For more information, please visit us at c3f-tech.com or write us at email@example.com.
We have added a new feature to the Spike Cloud: introducing the Scaled Image.
Spike users can now take advantage of Spike’s Photo Measurements in their day-to-day work with design applications (such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel). Once you are done taking measurements on your photo in the Spike Cloud, you have several format options for exporting the Spike photo and measurements for your work process needs.
In addition to exporting an image with or without measurements, you now have the option to export a Scaled Image* (currently in Beta). The Scaled Image is perspective corrected and 1:1 scaled. Because the scale is set, and the measurement surface has been flattened, measurement and drawing tools will reflect real-world dimensions.
For example, a user could import the Scaled Image into Adobe Illustrator, and start creating a design that will be automatically to scale. In addition, if imposed on top of the image, each design element will be accurately scaled and sized with the image. This eliminates steps and time from the typical design workflow, including having to correct the perspective so the image is flattened. The Scaled Image also saves time as a designer doesn’t have to manually scale a photo based upon a measurement captured in the field.
*The Beta version of the Scaled Image is currently available at no cost to Spike Cloud subscribers. In early 2018, we plan to release a set of Spike Cloud Professional features, via a paid subscription, which will include the Scaled Image. The base level subscription to the Spike Cloud will remain no cost to users.
No update to your Spike Cloud account is necessary to access this latest feature. We welcome your questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Trusted Source Out West
Founded in 1968, Horrocks Engineers has a long history and reputation as one of the western United States' leading full-service civil engineering firms. Horrocks is committed to planning and designing sustainable communities and its staff of seasoned engineers, specialty experts, surveyors, drafters, and technicians are progressive industry leaders with the technical expertise and management savvy to handle projects of varying size, scope, and complexity.
Yikes, what’s an IKE?
Horrocks’ great reputation and trust amongst its customers led the US’s largest provider of wireless infrastructure to ask for their help with a fiber deployment in Salt Lake City, Utah. The twist was that the customer wanted them to use this thing called an IKE. As an engineering firm with nearly 50 years of experience, they approached the opportunity with a healthy dose of skepticism about a new way to approach the make-ready engineering and attachment permitting portion of this aerial fiber deployment. After contacting ikeGPS, the team at Horrock’s was impressed enough by the initial presentation and guaranteed results to move forward. The features of IKE 4 that were most attractive to Horrocks were less time in the field, Photo Verifiable Accuracy and integration with O-Calc Pro.
Where have you been all my life?
The first hands-on introduction to IKE 4 came from IKE field training. Brian Christensen, a Principal Engineer at Horrocks reported that the initial training was “just right and that IKE 4 was easy to learn and had a friendly user interface.” Christensen added that “IKE 4 was intuitive and once his team members got a few poles under their belt, they were ready to go.” The Horrocks team was able to go from training to deployment almost immediately, accelerating the MRE and permit submission portion of this 600-pole project and moving them towards completion in record time. IKE 4 met Horrock’s expectation of reducing time, and improving consistency for field measurements. The big surprise benefit was the amount of time they saved in the back office on pole loading. Integration between the IKE Office cloud and O-Calc Pro saved a tremendous amount of time by eliminating the need to transcribe field notes and manually build the pole in O-Calc Pro. “This feature was an added bonus,” said Brian.
A picture is worth a thousand words...
It might be true that a picture is worth a thousand words, but words take time and time is money. At ikeGPS we like to say, “a smart picture can save a thousand hours”. That might be an overstatement for just one picture, but over hundreds to thousands of poles the time savings add up. Brian expressed that the Photo Verifiable Accuracy inherent in an IKEphoto and point-to-point measurements “has already proven to be a great backup record and something that’s helping Horrock’s minimize revisits to the pole”.
“I Like IKE”
The use of IKE at Horrocks enabled them to meet customer expectations on time and on budget while giving them a capability that will benefit the team on other projects. In Brian’s words, “IKE 4 is a productivity enhancement tool that allows our staff to collect data with a high degree of accuracy and productivity compared to traditional methods”.
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