Every Pole, Every Line, Every Streetlight…

From Lincoln Beach to North Bend, crews will be mapping nearly 40,000 pieces of infrastructure!

1,500 transformers. More than 5,000 streetlights in 700+ square miles of territory.  We have maps, of course, but not with super-accurate global positioning system (GPS) technology.  We’ve hired GMS, a company specializing in GPS mapping for utilities, to do this work for us.

“We’ll be tabulating just about everything: Equipment on the poles such as transformers, the size of transformers, phases, wires, and more, like telephone lines, cable lines, etc.,” says Mitch Wagner, a technical lead with GMS.   That information will be very useful: “GPS mapping will help our crews find affected infrastructure more quickly during outages,” adds Randy Grove, our Distribution Engineering & Operations Manager.  GMS’ workers will cover every part of our District during the next year.   If they need to get into customers’ yards, they will knock, and check in with those customers.  They plan to work Mondays-Fridays, no earlier than 7 a.m., and no later than 6 p.m., but some weekend work is possible.

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