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[Case study] City of Peoria Municipality: Getting the most impact for GIS technology investments

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Project Type:
Operational utility solutions

Applications:
Provide a graphical, data-rich environment that displays the information utilities need for
maximum reliability and efficiency.

Customer benefits:
• Less time and resources to maintain
• Increased accuracy of information
• Highly configurable and easily adapted for multiple uses

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[Case study] City of Peoria Municipality: Getting the most impact for GIS technology investments

  1. 1. Smart Grid SolutionsCity of Peoria MunicipalityGetting the most impact for GIS technology investments PROJECT AT A GLANCE Project Type Operational utility solutions Location Peoria, Arizona Number of Customers 150,000 Applications Provide a graphical, data-rich environment that displays the information utilities need for maximum reliability and efficiency Software Implemented Located northwest of Phoenix, Peoria, Arizona, is a dynamic desert city of more Fiber Manager than 150,000 people. The one-time farming community, originally founded by Conduit Manager settlers from Illinois, was one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities during the recent boom. The city stretches across 176 square miles of the beautiful Sonoran CUSTOMER BENEFITS desert, and includes Lake Pleasant, the state’s second largest lake. • Less time and resources to maintain • Increased accuracy of information Within the City of Peoria, the traffic engineering division is responsible for: establishing traffic engineering standards; reviewing traffic impact studies; • Highly configurable and easily adapted for making pavement marking and signing plans; conducting traffic investigations; multiple uses and representing the city on various transportation committees, such as MAG, AZTech, Valley Traffic Engineers Committee, and others. Most importantly, as part of managing its growth, the city’s traffic engineering division oversees the construction of traffic signals and proper traffic control through the operation of a fiber telecommunications network.Make the most of your energy SM
  2. 2. Smart Grid Solutions City of Peoria Municipality “The implementation went smoothly. Working with the Schneider Electric staff was very pleasant. They were always willing to help, and they actually went up and above what they were asked to do to ensure a successful implementation.” Ron Amaya, assistant city traffic engineer A few times during construction, excavation workersChallenges had cut into fiber optic cables, causing disruptionsIn 2009, the City of Peoria deemed fiber an essential to various communications networks. Consequently,asset, and required accurate documentation of the city had to resplice or reroute data from destroyedits fiber optic network. Tracking of this asset was fiber optic cables to intact cables and networks.requested by the geographic information system(GIS) department, IT department, and the city’s traffic This required checking for alternative routes and theengineering division. At that time, the fiber data was capacity to take on the additional load. “We neededheld in various types of CAD drawings, spreadsheets, documentation of everything we were doing out in theword processing documents, and even hand-drawn field in case something was down and we needed tosketches. In addition, any updated information was know what route it had taken to get there,” Amayabased on human memory. To add to its complexity, said.the fiber data was mainly buried underground forweather-related and regulatory reasons. As the citygrew, it realized that it needed to do more to improve Solutionits operations and system troubleshooting. It also In 2009, to meet these goals, City of Peoria selectedwanted a better way to manage information tied to its Schneider Electric’s Fiber Manager. This solutionconduits. allowed the city to be able to manage its fiber assets, trace the fiber network and troubleshoot issues more“We had a growing fiber infrastructure and all of our quickly.information was on different types of media, such asdrawings and as-builts. We were looking to capture Fiber Manager is an extension of ArcFM Enterpriseall of this information and document it in one central GIS, which is based on the Esri ArcGIS® platform.location,” explained Assistant City Traffic EngineerRon Amaya. ArcFM GIS provides a graphical, data-rich environment that displays the information utilitiesThe city needed an integrated system with need for maximum reliability and efficiency. Developedmapping and database capabilities to identify cable as a complete enterprise solution for an entireinformation, such as fiber counts, cable types, cable organization, it offers a map-centric, intuitive way tolength, length source, conduit size, and usage and model, design, maintain, and manage facility and landsplicing details of all fibers. It also required the ability based information.to trace a fiber down through its splice points. Organizations that manage outside plant fiberAs part of its expanding telecommunications optic networks need robust tools for mappingneeds, the city also wanted a better way to manage related assets, establishing fiber-level connectivity,underground facilities and to track cabling and and building traceable circuits in a network. Fiberconduit capacities. This meant having the ability to Manager is designed to allow editors to quickly andassociate underground fiber cables with specific intuitively create, connect, and manage fiber opticducts in a duct bank, being able to display cross- systems within a GIS. The solution comes with ansections of conduits, and showing the location of the integrated toolset that provides users with editing,fiber cables within it. connectivity, analysis, and reporting capabilities. Fiber Manager can also help accurately locate faults when
  3. 3. Smart Grid Solutions City of Peoria Municipalitythey happen by using OTDR traces on the mostup-to-date version of the network model. “With Fiber Manager, we now have one big picture instead of numerousBy adding Conduit Manager, an extension to the smaller pictures. It has helped us achieveArcFM GIS Solution, the city was also able to better efficiencies that were not previouslymanage its underground facilities using sophisticated, possible.”intuitive functions to accurately track where cables Ron Amaya, assistant city traffic engineerare located and placed in conduit. “We have an arrayof conduits out there. It’s important for us to knowwhere those conduits are, because it could potentially incorporate features such as communication vaults,cause a bottleneck. This tool has helped us know traffic signal and node cabinets, as well as wirelesswhich types of conduits and sizes are out there, and links. This enabled the city to store its fiber networkwhere exactly they are located,” explained Amaya. and conduit information in a single geodatabase for easier viewing and customized reporting. InConduit Manager is an integrated set of tools addition, Schneider Electric’s Connection Managerand dialogs that add, annotate, and maintain the tool provided the city with a graphical view ofunderground infrastructure of the telecommunications the connections for splices and ports, improvingnetwork system. Schneider Electric Conduit Manager communications and efficiency.provides functionality to define an undergroundsystem with duct banks, trenches, conduits, cross- The data model was also configured to includesections, underground cables, and underground devices supporting both optical and electronicaccess structures. Internals of underground ports — accurately reflecting objects in the real world.structures such as manholes and vaults are also fully All of this was possible due to the flexibility of Fibersupported. Once the underground system is built, Manager. Schneider Electric’s end-to-end solutionusers can leverage the tracing queries to determine also included data digitization that covered more thanduct availability based on various criteria. 54 miles of fiber and over 1,040 devices.The Bottom Line Aside from general fiber tracing capabilities such asWith a concerted effort from the traffic engineering OTDR outage tracing and fiber availability tracing,division, IT department, and the GIS department Schneider Electric’s flexible data model was also ablewithin it, together with federal funding administered to support the city’s need to handle loopbacks byby the Arizona DOT, Schneider Electric Fiber Manager tracing through patch locations in order to view thewas successfully implemented at the City of Peoria. entire fiber connectivity, end to end.“The implementation went smoothly. Working with “We can see long-term benefits — increasedthe Schneider Electric staff was very pleasant. They accuracy due to one centralized database andwere always willing to help, and they actually went up elimination of hard copies,” said Amaya. “With Fiberand above what they were asked to do to ensure a Manager, we now have one big picture instead ofsuccessful implementation,” said Amaya. numerous smaller pictures. It has helped us achieve efficiencies that were not previously possible.”The strength of Fiber Manager’s flexible data modelto manage any network out-of-the-box enabledthe team to configure the data model and tracingfunctions to meet specific traffic needs. Apart fromthe fiber optic cable, conduits, slack loops, anddevices, the data model’s flexibility was adapted to
  4. 4. ©2012 Schneider Electric. All rights reserved.Schneider Electric USA, Inc. 4701 Royal Vista Circle, Fort Collins, CO 80528 Telephone: 1-866-537-1091 Fax: 1-970-223-5577 www.schneider-electric.com/us June 2012

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