Great Lakes Energy upgrades with GIS system

St. Paul, Minn., July 8, 2011 — Great Lakes Energy of Boyne City, Mich., selected Powel, Inc.'s StakeOut mobile field design client to streamline workflow as well as synchronize all office, customer and engineering data for greater access and higher productivity.

Great Lakes Energy serves 125,000 members in over 26 Michigan counties across the western half of the Lower Peninsula.

Installing the client-server based StakeOut 7.5 was part of a technology upgrade that saw them transition from paper to digital after commissioning a Milsoft WindMilMap GIS (Geographic Information System).

StakeOut is field staking software that tracks work through carefully defined processes from initiation to close out, making status updates available throughout the utility. The software integrates with most CIS, Accounting and GIS packages using the NRECA's MultiSpeak Standard.

Work done in the field and posted to a GIS automatically updates the utility's system maps in near real-time. Personnel throughout the enterprise have access to the most recent information.

The decision to go with StakeOut, according to Paz, was based on a selection criteria developed by Great Lakes when it began evaluating products.

Even before the cutover to advanced mapping and staking, Paz said that Great Lakes Energy understood the productivity gains and improved customer service that could be achieved simply by the reductions in data entry.

StakeOut is just one application within the Powel WorkStudio suite. WorkStudio is a mobile work management platform with office-based analysis that helps utilities work smarter through the entire asset lifecycle. Powel WorkStudio contains other complementary applications for vegetation management, storm assessment, maintenance management and timesheets. By implementing applications based on a common platform, utilities can reduce the total deployment cost and risk.

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