Itron Inc. has announced a partnership with GeoSpatial Innovations, Inc. (GSI) to provide a comprehensive field-to-office technology solution for electric line designers and engineers.
Under the agreement, Itron Distribution Staker will now come bundled with GSI’s Pocket Designer field software. Utilities that purchase Distribution Staker will have access to a seamless field-to-office solution for creating overhead or underground electric line designs in the field. With this partnership, utilities now have the flexibility to complete their field design on a tablet, laptop or a handheld pocket PC device.
Itron Distribution Staker runs on a desktop, laptop or tablet computer and combines computer-aided design rendering and editing capabilities with robust data sharing, reporting and estimating tools for utility companies. While a designer uses the embedded design tools to create layouts and construction drawings, Distribution Staker automatically generates a complete and consistent construction packet including material lists, customer estimates, utility cost estimates, staking sheets and more.
GSI’s Pocket Designer software runs on a Pocket PC and allows engineers and designers to quickly capture locations of structures and cables. Electrical workers can complete a paperless electric line design by adding construction units and notes while working in the field. Pocket Designer produces an average labor savings of 20% per job by eliminating manual methods for measuring, sketching and re-keying data obtained in the field.
In addition to the feature set of both software applications, end users will also have the option of purchasing a Global Positioning System (GPS) module that provides an interface to a GPS receiver and GPS post-processing differential correction for increased accuracy.
“This partnership enables us to provide a soup-to-nuts solution for utility companies collecting information in the field and analyzing it back in the office,” said Mike Penberthy, director of distribution design solutions at Itron.