Tag Archives: x-infocus Technical “how to’s”

Keeping your DBYD data current

We all know how important Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) is for keeping your assets safe from incidents and damage. X-Info DBYD suite is a great tool to manage and automate your DBYD responses and, as with any system, it’s only as good the data it uses. Here’s a few tips on how to keep your X-Info DBYD suite up to date – especially if you’re adding new assets.

Q1: How do I keep my DBYD data current?

A1:  There are a number of ways to make sure the DBYD is using your most update information.  You can simply send your data to our Support team for updating whenever you require – whether the frequency is monthly, quarterly or other.  We will then copy the data up to our hosted servers, test the data is working as expected and confirm the update.

Q2:  Can we use WMS & WFS?

A2:  WMS (Web Map Service) and WFS (Web Feature Service) are Mipela’s preferred methods to transfer GIS specific data across the internet. The benefit of these services is that the data is not copied to our hosted servers but accessed on demand from the clients’ GIS system.  This way all changes to the asset data are live and available to X-Info DBYD suite in real time as soon as they are made.

Q3: Sometimes my data updates are too big to email. Is there an FTP service we can use?

A3:  FTP (File transfer protocol) is a method transfer data over the Internet. It is very useful for large datasets and can also be set up to transfer data automatically on a set schedule, thus automating the process. Contact our Support team if you need to know more.

Q4: What is my AOI and how do I keep it up to date?

A4: The AOI (Area of Interest) is the area that is registered with 1100.com.au that triggers when you will receive an enquiry. If you’re adding new assets, always be mindful that they are still covered within your registered AOI. If your new assets extend outside your current AOI, a new AOI will need to be created and supplied to 1100.com.au. This is something our friendly Support team can assist you with.

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

Tips and Tricks

Q1: Does X-Info WebConnect 5.1 work on my touch device?
A1: Whilst X-Info WebConnect 5.1 is not optimised for touch devices, such as iPads, tablets and touch phones, it will still be usable without full feature support. X-Info WebConnect Legacy (using Quick Finds) is compatible with touch screen devices.

Q2: Can I revert back to X-Info WebConnect Legacy?
A2: Of course! Select the Go to Legacy X-Info WebConnect button in the top right corner of the browser and this will take you back to Legacy X-Info WebConnect.

Q3: What is an alternative for X-Info WebConnect 5.1 on touch devices?
A3: X-Info Aware mobile data capture app replaces outdated, repetitive and manual processes for capturing data with a simplified digital solution that works anywhere using your existing mobile phone or tablet. 

If you would like further information or assistance, please contact the Support Team at support@mipela.com.au

Tips and Tricks

X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1.1

Q1: What is the difference between Legacy X-Info WebConnect and X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1?

A1:  X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1 utilises the Activities set up in X-Info Connect to provide users with easy access to the common processes or tasks they use X-Info Connect for. Activities are common things a user does in X-Info Connect, such as finding a work request, adding a communication, updating contact details and assigning jobs to users.

With the use of Activities we can set up overviews, dashboards, reports as well as design activities for specific users to manage their processes and workflow. Making their daily tasks more simplified by removing the additional steps and information that don’t need to be seen.

Q2: Can I revert back to X-Info WebConnect Legacy?

A2:  Of course! Select the Go to Legacy X-Info WebConnect button in the top right corner of the browser and this will take you back to Legacy X-Info WebConnect.

Q3: What will happen if I don’t have any Activities set up?

A3:If you don’t have any activities set up, Legacy X-Info WebConnect will automatically open instead.

If you would like further information or assistance please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.

Handy Tips n Tricks

Q1: Can I group a number of my Activities into one folder in X-Info Connect?

A1: You can if you have the permissions to do so. If not, you might have to talk to someone with adequate permissions.

Q2: How do I group my Activities?

A2. Make sure you have the Activities panel opened, if not click View and select Activities. To group Activities you need to create a folder to place your Activities into:

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1. Right click the top level connection

2. Select the arrow adjacent the Add text

3. Select Folder

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4. Give the folder a name

5. Add an icon by clicking in the grey square adjacent the Icon text, select an icon

6. Click OK

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7. Right click on the new folder

8. Select what activity you would like to add, for instance Capture

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 above to add more activities to the newly created folder.

Activities are only available in X-Info Connect 5.0 or newer.

If you would like further information or assistance please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.

Handy Tips n Tricks

X-Info Maps – Importing and Exporting Data

Layers added into X-Info Maps can be shared in your favourite GIS in a number of different ways and layers from your GIS can be imported into X-Info Maps in a variety of ways also.

Q1: Can I use data from X-Info Maps in other systems?

A1: Yes, in the Project Settings, within X-Info Maps and from the General Tab you can select a number of options that will enable the use of data in different ways.

Q2: Can I use data from other systems in X-Info Maps?

A2: Yes, in the Project Settings, Select import layers and import  data in different ways.

If you would like further information or assistance manipulating data in and out of X-Info Maps please contact the MG Support Team at support@ mipela.com.au.

Handy Tips n Tricks

X-Info Plans Management

Q1: How can I access the DBYD Jobs?

A1: Click on the second hyperlink in any job confirmation email you receive and login to the portal from your computer or mobile device.

Q2. Can I check the progress of a DBYD job before it sends me an email to confirm the job is completed?

A2. Yes, simply log into the portal and select Find Job Number. Select a Job and then click on the second tab called Plans Management Details. The summary pic chart will give you a quick visual on the status of the job and all details are listed below.

If you would like any further information on X-Info Plans Management or assistance, please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au

Handy Tips n Tricks

Q: What can I do with a Search Activity?

A: The Search Activity enables a user to quickly search data through a customisable interface. A Search Activity can be constructed with parameters pre-determined and filters already set, allowing for quicker searching without having to make manual adjustments, eg. quickly finding a client’s company trading name.

Typically a user would have to search by using a pre-configured Quickfind or manually tailor the Find options to narrow down the search:

With Search Activities, we can take a quick find and make that into a hotlink with all the filtering applied and easy to access:

Both methods will produce the same results, but the Search Activity is one click!

If you would like further information or assistance on the Search Activity please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.

Handy Hints and Tips

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 support@mipela.com.au.

Handy Tips and Tricks for X-Info Connect 5.0

Q1: What are some of the new features available in XIC v5.0?
A1: XIC version 5.0 introduces an additional customisable module which includes Activities; global or contextual, as well as some more additional features and a new look with updated icons.

Q2: What are Activities?
A2: Activities are common things a user might do in Connect. These could include; finding a land parcel, adding a communication, completing assigned tasks or updating contact information. They can be customised for specific Users and Groups, so only the relevant information is seen. Activities give users an easy way to complete the tasks/common processes in Connect without having to navigate through the customary Connect Explorer.

Q3: What are the differences between Global and Contextual Activities?
A3: Global Activities are things that can be done for the whole connection, including searching for contacts or communications, or adding a land parcel. Contextual Activities are things that can be done for specific objects (projects, linked entities, communications, contacts etc.), including completing an assigned task or updating contact information.


If you would like further information or assistance on X-Info Connect version 5.0 please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.

X-Info Aware location tab

The Location tab will display any objects (properties, facilities, pipelines, etc.) with defined location layers and tasks that have location information. When an object is selected from the location tab, associated available tasks will be displayed and can be selected for the object.

Q1: Can I see Assigned Tasks near my current location?
A1: To see Assigned Tasks near your current location, ensure layers are turned on in the Location Tab. Zoom and pan to your current location, any assigned tasks near your location will display as a marker pin. Clicking on the marker pin will display the assigned task that is available. Clicking on the Assigned Task will take you to the task to complete.

Q2: Can I populate available forms for properties near my current location?
A2: Yes, to show available forms for properties around you, turn on the available layers function. The properties will then be defined with a marker pin. When more than one property is close, the marker will display a clustered marker with a counter.

Q3: Can I see available information for a property?
A3: To view available information click on the marker pin showing for the property. Select the property from the available list and available information for the selected property will display as information only.