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Data Services

For over three decades, Byers Engineering Company has been a leader in offering quality services in all facets of data services, including records posting and GIS services. Byers has developed tools and business processes that represent the best practices and offer opportunities for significant cost savings. The Byers value-added data service offerings include:

Byers has manually and programmatically converted thousands of records from various data sources to a variety of AM/FM GIS platforms including: Intergraph®, ESRI®, MapInfo®, AutoDesk®, and Byers’ own EWO™ platform. Our Data Services Team has expertise and experience correcting existing data by running both previously developed and newly created validation routines and applying standardized rules to improve overall quality. Byers Data Services Consultants are experts in correcting and improving any type of problems with our clients’ graphic and tabular data.

Our Staff

At Byers, we have converted thousands of records from a variety of data sources to a variety of GIS platforms. Our technicians are more than CAD operators; they are experienced records technicians who have a solid working knowledge of facility networks. They fully understand the records they work with and bring value to the new system by identifying and correcting erroneous data. Our technicians average a decade of industry experience.

Consulting

In the process of transforming, reconciling, and loading data, we use the following data analysis and planning tools:

  • Source records analysis
  • Data source-to-target mapping
  • Estimates of data quantities and error percentages
  • Sensitivity cost modeling
  • Migration planning
  • Data warehouse implementation
Then, based on the data sources, data targets, and requirements, we apply the appropriate processes to transform, clean, and load the data:
  • Geocoding
  • Georeferencing schematic data
  • Correcting network connectivity
  • Logically deriving new features
  • Data validation
  • Field inventory and GPS capture
  • Updating work order/service order backlog
  • Loading inside plant database
  • Loading assignment systems, circuit data, and fiber management systems
  • Loading plan data
  • Key field matching
  • Vectorizing
  • Digitizing
  • Data conditioning and purification
  • Populating data warehouses from legacy data

 

Byers Conversion Technology

As an engineering firm, we have extensive knowledge of outside plant facilities and records and understand the need for delivering credible data to end-users.  We apply our engineering experience and philosophy throughout all of our geospatial projects.  This real-world experience has driven the development of SpatialAge® TRCS™ One-Step Conversion software.  With delivered accuracy rates, which exceed client requirements, our conversion system helps to manage and plan for all aspects of the conversion process. 

The TRCS™/3 data conversion system includes: comprehensive project methodology, cost and resource estimating, capacity planning, scheduling, performance tracking, ongoing project cost projections, statistical quality assurance metrics, and documented work procedures.

Byers’ mapping expertise extends to: base mapping, addition of new land acquired through fly-overs, overlaying existing land and facilities to other grids and land sources, and the updating of commercially available land from sources such as NAVTEQ® and Tele Atlas®.

Advantages of Byers Conversion Technology:

  • Captures data from a variety of digital and manual sources
  • Validates and verifies data as the technician enters it
  • Provides custom definition of forms and fields
  • Can be customized by a user without programming skills
  • Has simplified translation and validation of existing legacy files
  • Enables multiple technicians to work in the same area
  • Enables the user to build databases and load into any GIS format
  • Reduces time-consuming text entry
  • Increases quality by reducing opportunities for error
  • Reduces overall end-to-end costs
Allows for full or incremental (phased) conversion

Continuous Process Improvement

As new ideas come in from weekly production and quality review meetings with our production employees, we document changes in the process design and use a control group to test these changes.  If the change is beneficial -- that is, if the change results in lower costs, greater quality, and/or higher production -- we implement the new process for the entire project and share the lowered costs with the client.

Building an Enterprise GIS

The Byers Data Services Group has developed a methodology for data mapping and migration that enables clients to build geospatial databases economically.  Thanks to new object-oriented programming languages such as Java™, along with geospatial databases, data is now just data — not segmented and proprietary, but accessible through normal SQL.

For practical reasons, one client may make the change incrementally, while another customer may decide to build its system in its entirety. In either case, we collaborate with the client in order to follow a clearly defined process which is flexible enough to adapt to any scenario.

The Cost of Quality Data

The Byers Approach drives down project costs before the project ever begins.  It provides sensitivity analysis relating to options that affect costs.  With computerized models, we perform a detailed analysis of all factors affecting conversion and data services projects before estimating project costs.  This bottoms-up, line-item approach helps control and even dramatically reduce our clients’ costs.

Knowledge Base

The Byers Data Services management and staff are experienced in and dedicated to working with the communications, utilities, and government industries. Management averages over 20 years of experience, our Project Managers average over 15 years, and technical specialists have between 10 and 15 years of experience.

With our extensive knowledge base, along with our successful project management methodologies, we stand behind our products and services and are one hundred percent committed to achieving the best business solutions.

Our Proposal is our Project Plan

Before we send a proposal out, we assemble a team to review costs, develop a project design, and formulate a production model -- to develop a work breakdown structure. In other words, when we submit a proposal, that proposal is more than a cost estimate; it is an actual project plan. The proposal is our statement of work, providing detailed information to finalize an agreement with our client.

The following steps are an overview of the process during which each step builds upon each preceding step.  At Byers, we:

  • Develop a project plan;
  • Estimate project costs;
  • Devise a capacity plan based on the project resource requirements;
  • Work the results of each preceding step into a template for tracking project activity and producing client status information; and, finally;
  • Chart the project progress and provide weekly status reports to clients.

Project Reviews

Project reviews are an important project management tool because they ensure that projects start on the right foot, stay on schedule, and meet client expectations.  We hold reviews at several significant stages:

  • Project kickoff – to ensure specifications are complete and resources are committed;
  • Incubation – to identify ways to fine-tune the processes;
  • Periodic-project reviews – to review processes and reassess goals, and
  • Postmortems - to go over lessons we have learned so that we can improve our process in the future.

Risk Management

Every project has risks. Some risks can be prevented or easily recovered from, while others carry significant consequences. From the project’s inception, we assess potential risks and build contingency plans into the project plan. In this way, we avoid costly surprises and are equipped with the necessary information to stay within the budget. As the project moves forward, we continually evaluate and manage all risks as part of the review process. This continual risk assessment is our best safeguard against project surprises. By evaluating the project plan for potential problems and then developing strategies to address them, we aim to ensure the success of every project.

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