In 2014, Powerlink was operating a full time team of spatial specialists for internal map production. Two years on, the Queensland utility company has experienced improved productivity following the implementation of Hexagon Geospatial’s ERDAS® APOLLO and GeoMedia® Smart Client to create a self-service mapping function.
This has led to Powerlink achieving better service and product delivery times, and in turn has reduced resource costs, and increased efficiencies and throughput. As a result of the successful implementation, Powerlink has restructured the department and reduced the spatial team to a single dedicated Spatial Coordinator to help support the software and teach others how to use it, leaving other specialist staff available to provide spatial analytical services to the business. No longer requiring full-time dedicated resources for ad hoc mapping requests, Powerlink has given staff the ability to create, access and analyze maps through a self-service web function.
This new structure has introduced spatial technologies to other departments, which now benefit from incorporating spatial data in their business intelligence and other analysis.
ERDAS APOLLO’s main benefit for Powerlink has been realized through the ability to create one seamless virtual, high resolution, mosaic from 20 different groups of images for the entire state of Queensland. This has paid dividends in enabling multiple departments to view a holistic image of the state for a variety of projects, which in the past needed to be viewed in individual groups.
Another key component of the solution was the ability to transition into GeoMedia Smart Client and read data files from various external vendors, as well as being able to output data into shape files. Other benefits of GeoMedia Smart Client is the ability to access over 150 datasets in one centralized platform creating one source of truth, and the capability to feed high volumes of imagery directly from ERDAS APOLLO for future analysis, such as change detection.
Expanding GIS understanding outside the spatial team has also seen benefits for Powerlink. It has enabled other departments to create, access and analyze maps outside of the spatial team.
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