Powel-MiniMax launches new tech platform for field ops and work order management

St. Paul, MN, Feb. 13, 2006 — Powel-MiniMax introduced StakeOut 6.6, a new version of its technology platform for field operations and work order management. StakeOut 6.6 includes enhancements, extending the platform to include service order dispatching, vegetation management, field maintenance, storm assessment, joint use, inspections, and AMR deployment, as well as an expanded rule base that enables more design calculations.

StakeOut 6.6 is designed to allow utilities to use the same technology investment to expand field computing programs beyond design to encompass a much broader range of applications. The new platform is designed to allow customers to start automating their prioritized field tasks, and then add new functionality as their needs evolve instead of purchasing new systems.

StakeOut Server enhancements include:

* Internal construction sheet PDF production. StakeOut 6.6 produces PDF files without third-party printer drivers.
* Built-in automation scheduler. Users can run automation scripts at scheduled times or at specific intervals.
* Oracle and Microsoft compatibility. StakeOut Server Enterprise Edition can be delivered as a turnkey solution in Oracle 10g or Microsoft SQL Server. Whenever structure configuration changes are made to the StakeOut system’s model, StakeOut will automatically restructure the Oracle or SQL server’s table structures.

StakeOut Editor features:

* StakeOut Editor offers integrated electronic materials reconciliation. After a new design goes to construction, field crews can make changes to the materials list electronically to accurately reflect the materials actually used for construction.
* With StakeOut 6.6, users can control construction sheet viewing preferences on individual work orders.
* StakeOut 6.6 supports digital signatures as a customizable field type. Digital signatures can be added to a work order level or station level, enabling easy digital signature capture useful in vegetation management or design approvals. Digital signatures employ a tamper-proof format and can not be manipulated once they are created.
* StakeOut 6.6 offers new, enhanced drawing tools for creating true arcs. A new background map utility converts overhead and underground conductor features to construction units for appropriate stations.
* StakeOut’s built-in rule base now includes more structural calculations to help make sure new designs meet NESC regulations and provide reliable service to clients. Engineers can run engineering calculations, tangential wind loading, pole breaking strength, secondary voltage drop, and guy calculations in the field.

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