After 25 years of managing drawings electronically, Public Service Company of New Mexico, Inc., (PNM) decided to use Vault data management software to automate its drawing tracking process. This lecture will first review past drawing tracking processes. Then we'll cover how PNM now uses Vault software to track drawings; track construction documents with contractors/vendors for station design projects; and track transmission and distribution design projects. In particular, the session will explore how the various configuration capabilities (such as categories and lifecycle states) can be used to tailor Vault software to meet specific utility requirements. We will also allot time for questions and answers regarding ideas and options for Vault software uses.
Gathen Garcia is a native (fourth-generation) New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. PNM Resources has employed Gathen for the past 33 years, and he is currently the manager of the Drafting and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department. He is responsible for managing GIS, CAD, and 3D visualization support for electric transmission and distribution at PNM. He is also responsible for AutoCAD software customization. Gathen has trademarked and patented 2 software applications that were sold and are being marketed to the global utility industry. His group has received geospatial awards from Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) and Esri. He has also been teaching beginning through advanced AutoCAD courses at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Division for the past 24 years, including 3D modeling and the SketchUp Import software. Gathen is a past board member of the New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC), a member of the Central New Mexico College GIS Advisory Committee, and a member of the Albuquerque Public Schools CAD Advisory Committee.