Mipela GeoSolutions are releasing the latest product versions, available from 30 June 2021.
Version 6.1 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect contains some great new features, which include:
Capture Forms Accessibility for Non-Registered Users
Simple web forms to capture data is available for non registered users. This means external users can access forms to record and submit information without the need to login. The forms can be accessed by defining public settings for capture activities or sending an accessible link in an email. This is an ideal tool to capture stakeholder feedback.
Seamless Imagery Support
Any maps displayed in activities can now use seamless spatial data layers to display raster imagery as one layer. This results in efficient storage and uniform delivery of imagery.
Significant software changes for version 6.1 of X-Info Maps and X-Info DBYD suite have been made to accommodate the new Next Generation DBYD Referral Service.
Compatibility with Next Generation DBYD Referral Service
From 1 July 2021 the Association of Australian Dial Before You Dig Services (AADBYDS) is changing technology provider for the Next Generation DBYD Referral Service. The Next Generation DBYD Referral Service will be delivered by Esri Australia’s SmarterWX Sentinel application via the 1100.com.au website. Several changes to the X-Info Maps and DBYD software have been made to support this new service.
Upgrading from previous versions of X-Info Maps to accommodate the Next Generation DBYD Referral Service will be seamless by utilising an upgrade executable to handle field changes within X-Info DBYD suite configuration. For X-Info DBYD suite clients using X-Info Connect for their DBYD workflow beyond the automated responses, a X-Info Connect database upgrade utility is available to accommodate these changes.
Some other key features included in this version include:
Mipela GeoSolutions is proud to release version 6.0 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect. This exciting release provides the ability to search, view and update data spatially with the introduction of the Map Component.
The new map component means users can search for data and display results in a map, providing a simplified approach for viewing and updating data. Users can see where objects exist and use associated data to assist with daily activities.
Users are offered a range of functions within the map, such as:
The map component also means data from external sources can be used within the map, such as such as ESRI Rest Services, Shape and TAB files, Post GIS, WMS, WFS, SQL Server, Spatialite and others. This provides tools for users to view and query information from a selection of spatial data for improved decision making.
X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect 6.0 includes the Map Activity component, which contains several significant features to enhance both configuration and User experience.
Some of these features include:
A Map Activity works the same as Search Activities, but data is displayed in a map.
The map provides a simplified approach to viewing and updating data, where users can visualise where the objects exist and use associated data to assist with daily activities.
Data from external sources can be used within the map. A range of connection types are available, such as ESRI Rest Services, Shape and TAB files, Post GIS, WMS, WFS, SQL Server, Spatialite and others.
This provides tools for Users to view and query information from a range of sources for improved decision making.
Validation of datasources can be monitored by scheduling an emailed report to ensure data connectivity is successful or any failures can be addressed.
Current X-Info Maps projects can be imported directly to X-Info Connect as a Map Activity. This will add the data as external datasources and the projects folder structure and spatial layers will be organised in the map.
This makes the process of migrating X-Info Maps configuration into X-Info Connect straightforward and efficient.
Links can now be configured in certain areas to provide quick and easy access to information from other sources. Reports, Map Activity and Layer search results can include links to internal and external objects or data, such as another land parcel, a user or contact, an external file or a website.
The latest version 5.1.3 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect is now available and includes the following features:
Active Directory authentication has been enhanced to support Azure Active Directory over OAuth2 for Users to login to X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect. The login process has been streamlined to allow for Azure Active Directory authentication.
The email protocol Exchange Web Services (EWS) is now supported in X-Info Connect. This email protocol allows Microsoft Office 365 Exchange servers to be configured for access in X-Info Connect.
A blind carbon copy (BCC) field is now available for tasks with email notifications. This means you can now send blind copy emails for any scheduled or triggered email notifications.
Configuration can be set to create a Summary Information Connection for any existing server connection to log and view summary information for errors, user changes and automated processes, such as importing and exporting data, occurring within a connection.
This data can provide information about what is happening in the database. Activities can then be configured to provide reports and an overview of the summary information, including monitoring of usage.
Nearmap is available to be configured as a background layer for display in geometry fields. This option requires an API key to enable use within the application.
X-Info Connect v5.1 is due to be released at the end of October. This also includes the release of X-Info WebConnect v5.1.
WebConnect v5.1 will feature a new user interface (UI) design and the Activities module. This module provides the same functionality and features as the current Connect v5.0 offers, giving Users easy access to the common processes or tasks they use Connect for, without having to navigate through the customary Connect Explorer.
WebConnect v5.1 will enable Activities set up in a connection to be available to Users a the web. This means quick and easy access to search, capture and view data that is relevant to specific Users. All activities can be customised for specific Users or User Groups, meaning data is accessed and used in a more significant way. Processes such as searching for data or updating data will be quicker and more simplified.
Users will still be able to toggle between the current WebConnect and the new version so the things they currently do don’t necessarily need to change.
WebConnect v5.1 will be previewed at the upcoming APGA Conference in October.
In South Australia we love wine and our newest clients based in McLaren Vale are all about the grape!
Integrated Precision Viticulture (IPV) assists vineyard owners and managers to make smart, cost effective decisions around their properties using a combination of airborne data collection, in situ hardware including hundreds on in ground probes and professional field observations to record data across the vineyard throughout the year. IPV were looking for a platform to bring all of this information together so that their clients could access information at any time using powerful tools to present and analyse location specific information as well as manage tasks to be completed in the field.
X-Info Suite has as allowed IPV to set up the AG-GIS platform which gives then the ability to map assets and features on a property using X-Info Aware to view this information and maps online. This has been useful for IPV staff who have now created a central repository for property access information. This means they no longer get lost going to a property! It’s also useful to vineyard owners who may want a map of their property and share other consultants.
Asset maintenance requests can now be raised by vineyard owners using X-Info Aware and tasks are assigned to IPV staff to complete the job. The staff are able to navigate to the exact probe location via the geospatial information provided.
Agronomist consultants engaged by IPV are able to use X-Info Aware to record field observations such as pest and disease monitoring, baume (sugar content of grapes) and phenology (growth stage of the vine) readings which are automatically sent to X-Info Connect where can be then mapped online in real time. Agronomists can also assign treatment tasks such as spraying or slashing, based on their field observations, and include relevant chemical application information to assign to vineyard workers to carry out. Reporting can also be completed in field and sent to vineyard owners either in real time via a secure Internet browser or scheduled emails.
The AG-GIS platform also provides the ability for vineyard workers to carry out chemical audits and keep records of which chemicals in what volumes are currently stored on a particular property. The location of emergency management assets such are assembly points, fire hoses and washdown points are also mapped and can be accessed in report or map format online during an emergency event.
So, next time you’re sipping on a McLaren Vale Shiraz, have a think about how technology helps make that glass of wine taste awesome!
Written by Alana O’Connor
In our last newsletter, we introduced you to X-Info Plans Management, a browser based solution that automated the collation of your incoming DBYD responses.
Zinfra were one of the first companies to hop on board with this new solution in the later part of 2016. The value of using this tool is clearly demonstrated the savings in time and resources taken to receive and reconcile the incoming responses.
“Being able to check on any job via a web based console gives us the opportunity to just get on with the other planning and scheduling tasks associated with field work”, said Jason Luichareonkit, Business Systems Manager at Zinfra. “We have seen a significant business process improvement since introducing X-Info Plans Management”.
The number of DBYD enquiries Zinfra is making using X-Info Plans Management in NSW alone has increased manyfold – a true testament to the buy in and peace of mind from the business.
“We are currently onboarding Zinfra’s other states to realise the value of X-Info Plans Management in our planning and scheduling work.”
“I have worked with many system integrators and I must say that the attitude and the customer focus centric approach of every one at Mipela is outstanding. Nothing was too big of a deal. All enquiries and teething issues during and after implementation were answered in a timely manner”, added Luichareonkit.
If your team are lodging large quantities of Dial Before You Dig enquiries with 1100.com.au, then we’ve got something you might be interested in.
X-Info Plans Management is a browser based solution that automates the collation of your incoming DBYD responses. Once all responses against an enquiry have been received, each nominated user will receive an email directly to advise them that the enquiry has been fulfilled – it’s that simple! Within that email they will receive a hyperlink to all of the information sent by the asset owners – including the email content and any attachments (which is often where the really important information is) and a link directly to the X-Info Plans Management dashboard so that they can check on any of the detail.
Not only does X-Info Plans Management significantly reduce the administration burden on your projects, it increases compliance and reduces project planning risks through proactive features such as automatically reminding you every 28 days when your current dials are due to expire.
In summary, X-Info Plans Management gives you a peace of mind that all DBYD enquiries are followed through accordingly. It’s a no brainer, really.
X-Info SMS suite is the latest offering by Mipela that is specifically designed to provide pipeline owners with a comprehensive system that can manage the Clients tasks associated with the operation, maintenance, suspension of operation, decommissioning and abandonment along with all their proposed transmission pipeline asset projects AS2885 workflows, quality control and reporting.
AS2885 requires Licensee Approval for Safety Management Studies. X-Info SMS suite ensures that Client’s key management personnel are fully informed of the operational risks associated with the operating assets. It is a commercial off the shelf (COTS) solution that gathers, stores, displays and reports on information pertaining to design, safety and operational related hazards that cause or are capable of causing loss of pipeline integrity associated with the pipeline infrastructure (as set out in AS2885).
X-Info SMS suite can provide a full pipeline safety management study (generally for new assets), safety management study reviews (generally a five year style review) and local adhoc reviews as necessary for specific issues.