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.
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.
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:
What can a Map provide?
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.
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.
Vestas Australian Wind Technology – the local arm of Danish wind energy giant Vestas – recently engaged Mipela to provide a stakeholder management platform for a new wind farm project that they are developing near Walcha in NSW. The project, known as the Winterbourne Wind Farm, has a potential capacity of 700MW which would make it the largest wind farm in Australia if it were built today.
Vestas also wanted a stakeholder management platform that could be scaled to future development projects. Mipela implemented X-Info Suite to provide a web based solution that can manage stakeholders, property information, agreements and associated payments as well as associated communications. Users are also able to capture data in the field using the mobile data capture app, X-Info Aware.
While the conversations with landholders in the region had been underway for the past fifteen years, the engagement had been quite informal. Owner names were tracked on a simple spreadsheet and Google Earth was used for the property and asset locations. Now all information, including the historical information already captured, is available from one source in X-Info Suite and can be used for several different purposes including bulk communications, geospatially capturing data and payments.
Project Director of the Winterbourne Wind Farm, Doug Landfear said, “The team at Mipela have provided us with a best practice stakeholder management system that has the flexibility to provide us with a comprehensive solution into the future as this project matures. Their expertise and experience in delivering the solution made the process simple – we were able to start working with the software in a matter of weeks. The Mipela Solution Specialist was insanely efficient and made the project a breeze.”
One other interesting dimension is that Vestas purchased the project from Walcha Energy who is developing other renewable energy projects in the Walcha area. Walcha Energy is also using X-Info Suite to manage its stakeholder management across these other assets.
Nearmap is now supported and can be used as background imagery within all mapping and geometry views among the X-Info suite of products.
Nearmap provides high resolution aerial imagery across Australia, allowing you to view your geometry data with clear, detailed and accurate background imagery.
Nearmap can be added as a background layer to the configuration settings for X-Info Connect, X-Info WebConnect, X-Info Maps and X-Info Aware.
PLEASE NOTE – as with Google Maps and Bing Maps, a Nearmap subscription is required. Clients must agree to Nearmap terms and conditions of use and a Nearmap licence key is required for use.
Q1: How do I make a new activity?
A1: Make sure the activities panel is viewable by selecting the View button from the toolbar on the top of the X-Info Connect window. Selecting the Activities option will show the appropriate window. Right-click the Connection, highlight Add and select from the options available.
Q2: What are the options I can create for Activities?
A2: There are five options for Activities:
1. Folder will create a folder to store any Activities.
2. Open will perform a search on specified user input and display search results. User input, results filtering can be defined in the Open activity settings.
3. Search will perform a similar function to Open, but has the capability to show multiple results using multiple input options.
4. Capture can be used to create new objects (as a global activity) or update data for an object (as a contextual activity).
5. Overview allow a range of data display options, from tables and group boxes to charts and graphs and they can be defined for particular Users and User Groups.
If you would like further information or assistance on XIC version 5.0 please contact the MG Support Team at email@example.com.
The Activities module in X-Info Connect has enabled many Users to carry out their daily tasks, such as searching or data capture, in a more simplified and streamlined way.
Activities allow a new style of interface to be used within Connect which focuses on what Users need to see and do with the data. Customised searches and data capture forms and buttons are configurable, which means different User groups can see different activities and tools, depending on their role.
For example, a site officer may only want to search for their assigned properties.
Activities allow this workflow to be a simple step by step process without the need to search through the Connect Explorer. Activities can be configured by a Connection Administrator and can be filtered by Users or User Groups and organized into folders. This allow control over who can see what within the Activities Interface, further customising a Connection specific to Users’ needs.
The Activities Module is available in X-Info Connect v5.0.