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Planview Uti

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The utility services company offers three diverse area to provide world-class Written by: Kevin Smead


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as of service and intelligently utilizes them in harmony s services to its clients.

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Integrated Approach


lanview Utility Services is a diverse company offering utility engineering, GIS data management services, and subsurface utility engineering. Using a synergistic approach, Planview provides utilities with value added services for each of its three areas of operation. The company’s diverse engineering team is equipped to take on a wide range of projects and is able to see them through from concept to completion. This unique blend of services sets Planview apart from the competition. Planview is able to provide value added services 4

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throughout the asset lifecycle—from planning and design to construction and ongoing maintenance. “We never miss an opportunity to collect data,” Director of GIS Services, Kris Philpott said. “Once an asset is exposed we collect and deliver the data back to you in GIS format. This ensures a commitment to continual data improvement and reduces risk and truck rolls all while focusing on damage prevention, employee safety and public safety.” A Triple Threat Planview employs this level of commitment and attention to detail


across all of its diverse service areas. “Our diverse team brings understanding to every aspect of our clients—who are mainly Utilities (Telecommunication, Electric, Gas and Water/Municipal). Our focus is to provide small firm attention to the industry and to give partner level attention to all projects,” said Bob Irwin, president of Planview Utility Services. The company prides itself on not only its diverse service range, but also its flexibility. When it comes to project management, it’s important to Planview to not only focus on the details, but the bigger picture as well. With 90 years combined experience in its Partner Team, Planview is able to tackle projects across its three services areas as cohesive unit, utilizing its ability to manage both big and little aspects.

“Our team strives to maintain strong relationships with our clients built on trust.” – Bob Irwin, President

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“A SUE project brings opportunities to a utility to improve GIS data as well as provide detailed information to complete efficient engineering design,” Philpott explained. “An engineering project ultimately leads to construction of new assets which leads to GIS updates. The cycle continues as future SUE projects are more efficient with accurate GIS data.”

Locates,” Philpott explained. “The solution is built on MicroStrategies and GeoDash. The tool is called: DPRAT—Damage Prevention Risk Analysis Tool.” Working together with Project X Ltd we took the core knowledge and data available and coupled it with the cost effective solution of MicroStrategy to quickly reconfigure the underlying data to release the value of a highly customizable Working Together project. This enabled Plaview to The strong relationship Planview monetize their data and create a new maintains with those it works with is revenue stream. a key factor in its success. Philpott explained that the tool “Our vision as a growing company was developed for Bell Canada, is to continue to provide partner Union Gas and Enbridge and level attention to our clients,” Irwin currently has 80 users across the said. “Our team strives to maintain three organizations. strong relationships with our clients “We have developed a risk algorithm built on trust.” which analysis each Locate and One particular partner of note is assigns risk based on proximity to Project X Ltd (, the underground infrastructure, digging technology partner provider of the geo- methods, depth and even who is dash software and applications for doing the excavating,” he added. Planview. “Infrastructure owners can identify “Together with Project X Ltd, we where the high risk excavating is going developed a Damage Prevention to occur and choose to be on-site solution that allows infrastructure during the excavation or complete a owners to be proactive by analyzing quality check on the Locate.” the associated risks of Underground w w w. p l a n v i e w. c a




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The Power of Data Planview also believes that companies are now seeing the value of maintaining accurate mapping and GIS data, as it helps improve operational efficiencies. Recently, at the Canadian Common Grounds Alliance, Philpott presented on how crowdsourcing and swam theory concepts can transform a utility and adopt methods used by Google Maps to have an organic GIS maintained by the entire company. “This is a shift from the current paradigm of a single GIS or Records department that is responsible for the accuracy of mapping data,” he said. “Planview is actively working on a project, with a utility in Ontario, which is code named Mapping Utopia. This project aims to validate and improve existing GIS data and to implement the required processes to ensure the data remains valid. Working on a specific pilot area, our client hopes to measure the operational efficiencies of a near perfect GIS dataset.” Benefits of this technology include an increased number of locate clears, which will reduce the number of truck rolls to complete field locates. While this is something Planview will continue to work on, it also aims to improve in the more general sense as well. Using their diverse range of experience and services offered it hopes to provide support for its existing clients—all while growing a new client base.

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Planview Utility Services 7270 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 201 Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 4B9 905-751-5755

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