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Field data collection software for electrical transmission and distribution

Electrical utility field inspection teams are faced with many challenges such as vegetation management, utility pole inspections, and emergency response. Discover how field data collection software can provide the necessary tools to enhance these operations. Such software offers streamlined workflows and improved response capabilities, ensuring that your team keeps the lights on efficiently and effectively.

A glimpse inside:

Challenges for electric utilities

  1. Connectivity issues in remote locations. Working in remote areas demands the ability to function without network connectivity.
  2. Lone worker scenarios. Working solo requires accessible Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure tasks are completed correctly and safely.
  3. Contractors and staff turnover. Providing consistent inspection quality via SOPs guides contractors and aids in training new staff.

In addition to addressing these challenges, field data collection platforms must be able to collect and annotate photos and videos, and automatically capture geolocation data. They also must easily be updated to conform to changing regulations.

Electrical utility field inspection software use cases

Emergency response

  • Challenge: Power outage.
  • Solution: Efficient dispatch to the precise location, guided by downloaded maps and SOPs.
  • Result: Faster resolution, detailed findings, and improved processes.

Vegetation management

  • Challenge: Vegetation encroachment.
  • Solution: Digital documentation of site conditions, adherence to guidelines, and automatic GIS data collection.
  • Result: Reduced risk, consistent compliance, and streamlined tasking.

Utility pole inspections

  • Challenge: Pole failures.
  • Solution: Automated pairing of testing results with locations, guided SOPs for lone workers, and informed decision-making.
  • Result: Extended pole lifespan and safer operations.

The Fulcrum electrical utility data collection platform equips field teams with offline maps, safety SOPs, automatic geolocation data capture, and seamless integration with GIS and back-office platforms. Consequently, these features result in improved operational efficiency, error reduction, safety enhancement, and regulatory compliance.

Are you ready to revolutionize utility operations? If so, then download this infographic to get all the details about how digital data collection tools can help optimize your operations today!

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What is Fulcrum?

Organizations worldwide trust Fulcrum’s SaaS-based data collection platform to capture and share reliable information about field activities, much faster than paper or other digital solutions. Standardized, easily customized, and well-integrated data collection delivers improved clarity for decision-making and better productivity for lower costs.

Standardize data collection
Digitally transform your processes with a single platform that increases productivity, improves data quality across all use cases, and securely delivers real-time data.
Customize collection processes
Easily adapt to changing requirements with drag-and-drop app modification, full customization and extension capabilities, customizable reporting and alerting.
Streamline two-way integration
Expand the reach and usefulness of your data with best-in-class integration with Esri ArcGIS, real-time, two-way integration with any application, and built-in integration with email, SMS, and more.
Jim Metz - speeds things up, adhering to safety sop

Jim Metz

Vice President of Safety
FM Sylvan
Fulcrum speeds things up. It was almost instantaneous. It allows accountability for people running the job to see what their guys are doing to make sure they’re adhering to safety policies.
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Aaron Vanover - catch more issues

Aaron Vanover

Manager of Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Halton Company
Using Fulcrum, Halton Company’s quality control team provides richer, better documented support, enabling them to catch more issues.
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Daniel Stepner - easy to use, customer service

Daniel Stepner

Senior Consultant
I have used many programs for field asset inspections. Fulcrum has been the easiest to set up, use in the field, and update. The service provided by the Fulcrum team has been top-rate.
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James Watts - safety once you close the loop from action to insight

James Watts

Director of Health and Safety
Snavely Forest Products and Weekes Forest Products
Fulcrum helps us improve processes and make our work environment safer by streamlining inspections, surfacing inspection-related insights, and managing follow-up actions. Once you close the loop from action to insight to further action, the possibilities are limitless.
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Gavin Kelley - training period short, same data whether junior/senior collector

Gavin Kelley

Senior Software Developer
Tilson Tech
It is so easy to use that our training period is greatly shortened. Data quality is very important to us so it can’t be overly complicated. We still get the same data quality regardless if it is a junior or senior data collector.
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