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Bidirectional data flow for quicker, safer power restoration

Power outages challenge utility companies to act fast and smart. The core strategy? GIS field data collection, a critical technology for swift service restoration and safety assurance. It connects field crew actions with centralized system insights, empowering a faster recovery process. Field teams using GIS can promptly report issues, making data-driven decisions that speed up the power restoration work and minimize outage time.

The role of bidirectional data flow in the field

The content reveals how bidirectional data flow technology within GIS field data collection enhances communication, ensuring that all team members, regardless of location, can collaborate efficiently. It underscores how these systems are indispensable for mutual aid scenarios, enabling new teams to integrate quickly and effectively.

Effective use of location-first data collection tools, like Fulcrum, allows utilities to share operational intelligence with aid workers, providing clarity on infrastructure and regional specifics. This shared understanding is crucial for maintaining a consistent and safe operational approach.

Real-time bidirectional data flow exchanges underpin these collaborative efforts, with field teams providing updates that inform command center strategies. This active dialogue ensures that data accuracy remains high, preventing missteps and enabling timely, appropriate responses to unfolding events.

The guide also explores how GIS-rich data collection tech supports proactive infrastructure management. It allows utilities to adapt their strategies based on direct field observations, creating a dynamic learning environment. This continuous flow of information helps utility companies to not only react to current conditions but also anticipate and prepare for future needs.

Utility management is evolving, demanding tools that offer both immediate and long-term benefits. GIS field data collection stands out, providing a pathway to resilient, adaptable infrastructure operations. It also bridges the gap between immediate action and strategic development, promising a faster pace of recovery for future outages.

Want to learn more? Download the full guide below and gain the insights needed to leverage GIS field data collection for your utility’s success.

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Utility worker inspecting wooden utility pole using bidirectional data flow for power restoration

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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