We're Celebrating All Things GIS!

Think it's just another week in November? Nope, it's Geography Awareness Week (November 12th-18th) and GIS Day (Wednesday, Nov. 15th)!

Geography Awareness Week, or GeoWeek, was created by National Geographic magazine and established by presidential proclamation over 25 years ago. The publication wanted to raise awareness to the deficiency of geography in American education and encourage the public's interest in geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life. During this annual weekly celebration, National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) hosts events; sponsors lessons, games, and challenges in classrooms; and often meets with policymakers and business leaders to promote geography awareness.

GIS Day was incorporated into GeoWeek in 1999 and has taken place every Wednesday of the week since. The celebration of geographic information systems (GIS) on this day provides an international forum for users of GIS technology to "demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society."

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We're big fans of GIS around here at McLean Engineering. We know how valuable GIS data can be for utilities, and that’s why we conduct all our inspections on a GIS basis, so we can improve your maps while we improve your system. Some other benefits of GIS data include:

  • Providing accurate maps
  • Increasing operational tempo & response time
  • Reducing liability and man-hour costs
  • Improving service

To learn more about our inspections services and how we use GIS to help you, contact us at (877) 985-1148 or info@mcleanengineering.com.

Happy Mapping!

Marietta, Ga., Selects McLean Engineering for Pole Attachment Inventory

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The City of Marietta, Ga., recently selected McLean Engineering Company to provide an inventory of Marietta Power’s joint use pole attachments.

As part of its joint use attachment agreements, Marietta Power is due to conduct a pole attachment count and joint use inventory on its system. After a competitive bidding process, the City of Marietta selected McLean Engineering to provide this count in an effort to collect updated information on a GIS basis, improve relationships with its attachers, and clean up late transfers. 

McLean works with many municipalities, cooperatives and state trade organizations to navigate through joint-use concerns by providing expertise in all areas related to joint-use and pole attachment matters.

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About McLean Engineering
Established in 1936, McLean Engineering has 80 years of experience in the power engineering field, serving electric utility systems throughout the United States. McLean Engineering has an unparalleled reputation for providing safe, reliable and durable design solutions by focusing on long-term relationships with their clients.

McLean Engineering provides design, engineering, inspection, and energy solutions, and is a nationally-recognized expert in the area of pole attachments, having presented to national audiences on the topic at numerous industry conferences and webinars and consulted for electric utilities across the U.S. on pole attachment issues. To find out more, please visit our blog at mcleanengineering.com/blog.

About Marietta Power and Water
As the largest municipal electric utility in Georgia, Marietta Power and Water is a community-owned utility serving more than 45,000 electric customers and 17,000 water and sewer services customers. Marietta Power and Water was created by the city of Marietta in 1906 to provide low-cost electricity and water to the citizens of Marietta and Cobb County. For more information, visit mariettaga.gov/151/Power-Water.

McLean VP Authors Article in National Publication

McLean vice-president Sean Knowles wrote a feature article for the September 2017 issue of Natural Gas & Electricity, titled "Understanding Current FCC Regulations and Industry Trends in Pole Attachments." Click here to read.


Knowles, S. (2017, September). Understanding Current FCC Regulations and Industry Trends in Pole Attachments . Natural Gas & Electricity 34/2, ©2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., a Wiley company.

Mansfield, Ga., Selects McLean Engineering for GIS Mapping and Pole Attachment Inventory

The City of Mansfield, Ga., recently selected McLean Engineering Company to provide GIS mapping and pole attachment support for Mansfield’s electric distribution system.

Mansfield selected McLean Engineering to provide an attachment inventory in an effort to update its joint use records, improve relationships with its attachers, and clean up late transfers.
 

McLean Engineering will also provide a GIS asset inventory for its electric distribution system.  McLean takes a low-cost and flexible approach to GIS to allow for efficient control of Mansfield’s distribution assets and to make it easy to afford the cost of keeping maps up-to-date – the most essential function of any map. 

McLean works with many municipalities, cooperatives and state trade organizations to navigate through joint-use concerns by providing expertise in all areas related to joint-use and pole attachment matters.

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 About McLean Engineering
Established in 1936, McLean Engineering has 80 years of experience in the power engineering field, serving electric utility systems throughout the United States. McLean Engineering has an unparalleled reputation for providing safe, reliable and durable design solutions by focusing on long-term relationships with their clients.

McLean Engineering provides design, engineering, inspection, and energy solutions, and is a nationally-recognized expert in the area of pole attachments, having presented to national audiences on the topic at numerous industry conferences and webinars and consulted for electric utilities across the U.S. on pole attachment issues. To find out more, please visit our blog at
mcleanengineering.com/blog.

 About the City of Mansfield, Ga.
Mansfield was incorporated in 1903, and currently has a population of 417 as of 2012 estimates. Mansfield is a quiet little town, located about 40 miles east of Atlanta. The city takes great pride in its history, homes, churches, local businesses, natural resources, and its citizens. To learn more, visit mansfieldga.gov.

Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Selects McLean Engineering for Construction Work Plan

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Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), based in Young Harris, Ga., recently selected McLean Engineering Company to develop a construction work plan.

McLean Engineering will develop a multi-year plan for the construction of the EMC’s electric system, including transmission, distribution and substation planning. Included in that plan will be the development of a Milsoft model of Blue Ridge Mountain’s system. 

This plan will provide the utility a roadmap for construction planning for a significant period of time.

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About McLean Engineering
Established in 1936, McLean Engineering has 80 years of experience in the power engineering field, serving electric utility systems throughout the United States. McLean Engineering has an unparalleled reputation for providing safe, reliable and durable design solutions by focusing on long-term relationships with their clients.

McLean Engineering provides design, engineering, inspection, and energy solutions, and is a nationally-recognized expert in the area of pole attachments, having presented to national audiences on the topic at numerous industry conferences and webinars and consulted for electric utilities across the U.S. on pole attachment issues. To find out more, please visit our blog at
mcleanengineering.com/blog.

About Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation
Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned electric cooperative headquartered in Young Harris, Ga., serving over 50,000 customers in Cherokee and Clay Counties in Western North Carolina, and Towns, Union and Fannin Counties in Northeast Georgia. Organized locally in 1937, BRMEMC has invested well over $150 million in physical infrastructure in its mission to provide reliable electric and broadband services to its members where those services would not otherwise have been available. To learn more, visit brmemc.com.