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:
- Records purification
- Digital land base
- Special purpose maps
- Records preparation
- Digital facilities models
- Field verification
- Conversion of non-graphic digital databases
- Redrawing and reformatting of records and maps
- Posting of engineering work orders
- Migration of data from various sources to targeted platforms
Our StaffAt 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.
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
- 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
- Data conditioning and purification
- Populating data warehouses from legacy data
Byers Conversion Technology
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
- 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.
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.
Contact us for more information about our data services.