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Outdated Data: Worse Than No Data?

The big data revolution has left many utilities and communications companies scrambling to manage backlogs of stored information. Increasingly, some are finding that data-driven decisions based on old data can be worse than making decisions with...

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Ashley Little
. 02.21.2017

Topics: Field Asset Management, Internet of Things (IoT)

A Year in Review: Field Asset Management and Joint Use in 2016 The Highlights, Lessons Learned and Big Trends that Emerged During the Past Year

As tempting as it is to see the start of a new year as a fresh beginning – an opportunity to forge ahead with new resolutions, new plans and exciting new initiatives – it’s also important to take a look back. To consider all that the utility and...

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Ashley Little
. 01.10.2017

Topics: Field Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management, Outside Plant Services

Winning Strategies: How Some Companies are Turning Field Asset Management into an Efficient Money-Maker [Part 2]

This post is the second in a two-part blog series that explores the potential for joint use field assets to become revenue-generating businesses. Part 1 looks at the first two strategies that include capturing and marketing available space and...

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Ashley Little
. 12.13.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management

Winning Strategies: How Some Companies are Turning Field Asset Management into an Efficient Money-Maker [Part 1]

In the past, when companies were regulated entities, they could operate under a cost-plus business model that allowed them to earn profits on top of asset investments. Under this approach, the primary focus was to contain expenses. However, with...

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Ashley Little
. 12.6.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management, Outside Plant Services

Highlight on IoT: A Greener Future — Field Services Will Become More Energy Efficient with the Internet of Things (Part 3 of 3)

This post is part 3 of a three-part blog series about the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on infrastructure asset management. To read part 2, go to “3 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change the Future of Infrastructure Asset Management.”

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Ashley Little
. 11.15.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management

Ensure Your Field Assessment Doesn't Turn into a Field Goose Chase

Assessing what's in the field is a key component to asset management. If you do not know what's out there or the current health of those assets today, you are missing vital pieces of information and potentially chunks of revenue. Especially if...

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Ashley Little
. 06.21.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management

Outsourcing & Infrastructure Asset Management: Pick Your Mix

When utility pole owners, attaching companies or anyone with a joint use department decide to ask for help, we have found it usually has to do with one big thing: resource contention. Many joint use departments simply do not have the resources to...

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Ashley Little
. 03.29.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

How Could Economic Recovery Affect Your Business as Usual?

It has been a banner couple of years for the construction industry. According to the American Institute of Architects, nationally, housing starts passed a million units in 2014 – the first time they have been at that rate since before the bubble...

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Ashley Little
. 01.5.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Keeping Data Current

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation, and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are...

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Ashley Little
. 09.1.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Getting Results

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are you...

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Ashley Little
. 08.25.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Collecting Data

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation, and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are...

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Ashley Little
. 08.18.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Need Better Data?

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation, and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are...

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Ashley Little
. 08.11.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Field Asset Management: A Continuous Cycle

You buy a brand new utility pole (or many), plan the job and install the poles. These field assets have an estimated life that you can generally count on before they will need to be replaced. On this day, you know that the data about those poles...

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Ashley Little
. 08.4.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Field Inventories Pay Off

There is little doubt that a thorough field inventory has its benefits. Taking the time to visually inspect utility poles and create an accurate database of information such as location, age, condition, attachers, repairs made, transfers needed...

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Ashley Little
. 05.20.2014

Topics: Field Asset Management

Best Practices: Ways to Inventory & Manage Geographically Diverse Physical Assets

Organizations that deal with geographically diverse field assets can have a difficult time tracking and managing each asset on paper or simple electronic spreadsheets. Such field assets can be utility poles, conduit, cell towers or other assets...

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Ashley Little
. 01.29.2014

Topics: Field Asset Management

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