Category Archives: Spring 2020

A word from the Boss

“The Power of Communication” – see your world from a new perspective

Welcome to our 2020 Spring newsletter

In this edition, we provide a sneak peek of the X-Info Connect V6 release, our most recent client success story and recognise two of our long term staff on their years of Service. We would also like to welcome newest client, Archipelago.

It’s that time of year again, we are excited as ever to be involved in this month’s 2020 Australian Pipeline Gas Association Annual Convention moving to a virtual format for the first time (run in five sessions of about two hours each over five days) from Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October focusing on this year’s theme of “New Decade: New Perspective.”

I am sure you will all agree 2020 has served as a real time experiment in the technology space, accelerating existing trends and disrupting today’s reality in everything that we do. We believe success in the New Decade requires New Perspective in how we Communicate and Engage with people. If you have large volumes of data, looking to improve the quality of information your teams need on a day to day basis or interested in how to make more accurate decisions, please contact us. We will be showcasing the hugely anticipated release of X-Info Connect v6.0, empowering people to identify insights reliably, increase the speed of communicating tasks and outcomes, allowing you to see your world from a new perspective.

To close I would like to acknowledge two very special Wantoks for their recent years of service milestones. Simon Bobeldyk leads The Brains Trust, our software development team who are responsible for making X-Info suite what it is today, recently celebrated nine years of service. Simon we cannot thank you enough for the support you offer us ALL. Congratulations to Alana O’Connor on six years of Service at Mipela GeoSolutions. Your enthusiasm for assisting our clients to bring their ideas to life using our X-Info suite of software is exceptional and thank you for always looking to go that extra step to deliver on what we promise.

From all the team at Mipela GeoSolutions, stay safe!

Hayden McDonald
Founder and Managing Director

Ever wondered how TransLink manage their Bus Stops?

TransLink is a division of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads with management responsibility of adds, moves, maintenance and changes for more than 17,000 active bus stops across the State.

In 2018 TransLink invited Mipela to participate in a proof of concept to replace its existing, end of life Bus Stop Portal with a new Bus Stop Management System (BSMS). This solution required the ability to store, manage and allocate works on bus stop infrastructure and its corresponding components. The new BSMS would also include the additional functionality of being able to receive bus stop infrastructure upgrade funding applications from Councils and assess these applications via workflow with internal users.

Challenges

The incumbent solution was end of life and unsupported, so timing in delivering the new solution was of the essence.

The TransLink project team had existing business based roles to perform whilst also being committed to the project. This coupled with the part time nature of some of their subject matter experts, timing and effective communication was key. The project adopted changes to optimise the engagement opportunities with face to face workshops proving the most effective.

Solution

TransLink’s new BSMS has delivered the required functionality with the flexibility of being able to improve existing processes and adopt a continuous improvement approach to how the team works.

The new system has allowed TransLink’s BSM team to bring on board new Councils and bus companies across the State.

Users can easily access the information they need to perform their jobs in an intuitive, browser based portal.

Interactive mapping functionality allows users to quickly drill down to the area they are interested in and access the relevant information without trolling through lists of irrelevant data.

The mobile data capture app, X-Info Aware has introduced the ability for users to capture information in the field and share in real time with the BSM team in the office. This significantly reduces the maintenance time if there is an issue and improves turnaround times for repairs and installations.

Contractors, bus companies, Councils, and other relevant parties can easily gain access to their relevant data via a browser based portal.

Reporting is automated either through scheduled .pdf files that are emailed to nominated personnel or real time dashboards that show what each user need to see in order to perform their role and meet their targets.

Results

The flexibility of this project was a result of a true ongoing partnership between the TransLink BSM team and the Mipela implementation team. The lines of communications were always open and are still well utilised.

The BSMS project has delivered well and truly above the functional and non functional requirements of the project. Workflows were streamlined as the project progressed, whilst still delivering on the core requirements.

The end product is a highly flexible system that the BSMS will continue to configure to improve their existing processes and workflows.

Managing contaminated land compliance

Mipela recently rolled out a solution to automate and manage contaminated land compliance and reporting using X-Info DBYD suite’s Works Management module to the City of Sydney. This solution adds an additional layer (pardon the GIS joke) of protection to human safety and the environment in and around contaminated sites.

The solution uses spatial data to automatically identify excavation risks near or within known contaminated land sites. Once identified, the respondent automatically receives an email confirming they are within the buffer zone for a known contaminated land site and are provided with a detailed site plan, Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Site Audit Statement (SAS) – all within just a few minutes of them lodging their Dial Before You Dig enquiry.

This sort of workflow automation that can be used for all types of environmentally sensitive sites like:

  • Contaminated land (PFAS, PCBs, etc.)
  • Hazardous disused assets (eg. decommissioned asbestos pipes, tanks)
  • Ecological regeneration sites
  • Natural ecological hazards (eg. acid sulphate soils, toxic weeds, invasive species).

To find out more, contact our DBYD specialist, Neil Aikman on 0490 026 231.

Product update

What’s coming in X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect v6.0?

X-Info Connect and WebConnect v6.0 development is nearing completion which includes the much anticipated Map Activity component.

The map component provides a simplified approach to viewing and updating data, by displaying the data relevant to Users in a map.

A map enables you to communicate tasks and outcomes clearly in an engaging way

What is a Map in X-Info Connect?

A Map is made up of Layers which are shown in a Map Display. These layers include:

  • Internal Data – stored as geometry fields in X-Info Connect
  • External Data – spatial data from external data connections
  • Geocoder – Open Street Maps or other licenced datasets enabling street address searching.

What can a Map provide?

Searches including:

  • Street Address search – search for any street address
  • Layer searches – search for data on any of the layers in a map.

Functions including:

  • Displaying spatial data and different layers in a map
  • Querying data to find more information about features in a map, including measuring distance and area
  • Searching data and displaying features in a map
  • Updating data – this includes adding and editing spatial data and data associated to the features in a map.

Where is a Map used?

In X-Info WebConnect 6.0, a Map is used for Activities. These work the same as Activities in the current release version but data is displayed in a Map.

APGA moves Pipeline Engineers Competency System (PECS) to a a new platform

Further to our recent article in the previous newsletter about the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association (APGA) moving its Knowledgebase to X-Info Suite, we are delighted that the Pipeline Engineering Competency System (PECS) is now also available on the same platform.

Now, when APGA Members log on to the X-Info Suite platform where the APGA Knowledgebase moved in July, they will see in the dashboard that the PECS can also be accessed from this location.

All the information on the PECS, including the onshore and offshore competency standards libraries, the tools and resources, information about registering as an Oil and Gas Pipeline Engineer and other supporting information is now available on the new platform.

Access to the new platform will be via a link on the APGA website, either on the Knowledgebase page or the PECS page.

“The PECS platform is now the single source of truth for the PECS,” said APGA CEO Steve Davies in an email to members. “The competency standards in the PECS are reviewed over a five-year cycle, so please check frequently to make sure you have the current version.”

“Another new feature available via the platform is the ability to download the master lists of competency standards. These are downloaded directly from the database so are always up to date.”

Aussie Aussie Aussie

Mipela is proud to celebrate its fifth year of being part of the Australian Made campaign.

Our software is designed, developed and maintained here by our Brisbane based team. Our Support team are located across the country and we even guarantee that our solutions are hosted in Australian data centres, ensuring Australia sovereignty of all client data. Not many software companies can say that!

Under the Australian Made campaign, our range of software is regularly audited to ensure compliance to the program.

Tips and Tricks

 

Q1: Am I able to print from X-Info WebConnect?

A1: Yes, you can. Printing is available for Search results, object layouts and overviews. The print button is enabled in the toolbar when printing is available. Some layout elements may not be printable, such as buttons and pop-up windows. A print preview or pdf will be generated in a new tab or can be opened in pdf viewer, depending on the browser.

Q2: Should I be using a certain browser for X-Info WebConnect?

A2: We recommend using Google Chrome for X-Info WebConnect for optimal performance.

Q3: Can I revert back to X-Info WebConnect legacy version?

A3:  Of course! Select the Go to Legacy button in the top right corner of the browser (shown below) and this will take you back to Legacy X-info WebConnect.

Q4: What will happen if I don’t have any Activities set up?

A4: If you don’t have any activities set up, Legacy X-Info WebConnect will automatically open.

If you would like further information or assistance, please contact Mipela Support team on 1300 857 870.

Staff updates

The Stork has been again!

The stork recently made a second visit to Mipela and we’re excited to introduce you to Cordelia Drew Hillier, born 12 September 2020 @ 4:52pm. Both mum and baby are well.

First time parents Alek and Ryan, are entirely smitten and are enjoying every minute of parenthood.

Something GISsy

What’s a GeoJson?

It is not a cousin of that Jason in the movie with a chainsaw!

GeoJson is a cousin of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), which is a standard text based format for representing structured data based on JavaScript object syntax.

What is it used for?

It is commonly used for transmitting data in web applications (eg. sending some data from the server to the client, so it can be displayed on a web page, or vice versa).

Why is this important to GIS? 

GeoJson is an open standard format designed for representing simple geographical features (points, lines and polygons) along with their non spatial attributes.

GeoJson adds the Spatial Component (WHERE) to the Data Component (WHAT).

Chances are when you use your mobile phone to give you directions from A to B the data is being sent to your phone with GeoJson.

For more info, check out these links:

https://www.guru99.com/json-vs-xml-difference.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeoJSON

https://developer.here.com/blog/an-introduction-to-geojson