Establish system wide organization and accountability in the PLS-CADD Design Process.
Grid Search is a highly functional work management system that tracks the entire history of every PLS-CADD model.
By tracking work progress and increasing data access, clients can achieve clear communication on projects and increase efficiency in the design process.
Grid Search was developed when client PG&E was looking for a way to meet compliance obligations with California’s GO95 and develop a centralized PLS-CADD data management platform. Through years of development, the Grid Search app became a fully managed PLS-CADD Design Platform helping to optimize processes and drastically reduce costs.
The Grid Search Application is valuable in:
Centralizing all PLS-CADD Models into one repository
Automating bulk data collection
Creating accountability in the design process through “check-in” and “check-out” policies
Providing a ‘Dashboard’ experience for the design process
Story of Development
Pacific Gas and Electric (“PG&E”) wanted to centralize their PLS-CADD models into a single managed repository with Check-In / Check-Out policies to ensure accountability in the PLS-CADD design process. This kicked off a multi-year project to design and develop a custom PLS-CADD database that was capable of managing the entire history of an electric utility’s full collection of PLS-CADD models.
In addition to acting as a central repository for PLS-CADD, Grid Search evolved to become an integration hub for PG&E. We began building custom integrations with PG&E’s existing information systems, such as SAP and their internal GIS system, in order to provide a dashboard-like experience where a user would have access to the full set of resources needed for the PLS-CADD design process. Along with being a central place for data integration, Grid Search became a central place for PLS-CADD reporting. We developed a number of PLS-CADD automations which help to bulk generate data from PLS-CADD. These automations provide significant time reductions and enable gathering insights from PLS-CADD which would otherwise be impossible to obtain in a manual process in a limited amount of time. What started out as a centralized repository for PLS-CADD models truly grew into a fully managed PLS-CADD design platform.
For more information read our case study PLS-CADD Integration: Grid Search by Power Line Reporting.