Geospatial Infrastructure Systems

  • Apr 08, 2013 | Thrinadh Dwibhashyam
    Today, electrical utilities face the conflicting objectives of increasing reliability and reducing costs which forces utilities to concentrate on information driven planning activities. GIS in conjunction with other IT systems like WAMS, CIS etc. is helping the utilities in this context by centralizing various information. However, electrical model preparation still has its own challenges. Electrical model preparation for DMS and Network planning can be made smarter and faster by incorporating electrical connectivity rule base in the GIS asset creation. This would help in creating a seamlessly integrated GIS platform for creating electrical models. This will also help in maintaining up to date network models which often is the most critical task for the electrical utilities and planning engineers.
  • CIM Automation Systems, a division of M.C. Dean, Inc. has been appointed an "Energy Automation-Smart Grid" Siemens Solution Partner. M.C. Dean is the first "Energy Automation-Smart Grid" Siemens Solution Partner in the United States.
  • ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced plans to help empower Public Power and rural electric utilities with future-proofing their systems for a reliable, efficient and sustainable grid.
  • Structure™, an industry leader in business advisory and consulting services to the energy and utilities industries, announced that it has been voted to the list of “13 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2013” by the readers of Smart Grid News for the second consecutive year.
  • One thread woven across many applications
  • Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi CTA) and Tendril® today announced that the companies are partnering to deliver a wide range of smart energy applications to consumers via an array of set-top boxes, wireless gateways and other devices that are already in the home. This dramatically improves the economics of home energy management by providing an economical and operational alternative to special-purpose gateways and other specialized hardware for each application used by the subscriber.
  • Dec 20, 2012 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Cooperatives have come to a judgmental consensus on the value of GIS, and it’s a definite “thumbs up.” Three of them discuss the pragmatic--and sometimes unexpected--uses they've found for a system originally confined to mapping.

  • Insights from the NRECA

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    Nov 29, 2012 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Originally put in place simply to replace old books and paper maps, GIS now benefits from an operational “creep” into other systems. Once the advantages became obvious, the uses for GIS began to multiply.

  • When the sum is much more than its parts
  • Utilities face significant challenges: An aging infrastructure, reliability, and regulation are current top concerns. Assets are aging with many critical assets operating well beyond design service life, and the information economy requires a higher level of reliability and security.
  • ABB's new Smart Grid Center of Excellence is the nation's first-of-its-kind demonstration center and testing lab using cutting-edge Smart Grid software and equipment aimed at improving reliability in the midst of extreme weather.
  • Insights from the UAI Summit 2012

    Feb 15, 2012 | H. Christine Richards

    Christine Richards reveals key analytics findings, and analogies, from the first day of the Utility Analytics Institute Summit in Orlando, Florida.

  • Utilities compete for analytics talent

    Feb 13, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Big Data is now Big News and consumers are getting hip to the uses and abuses of that data well before electric utilities have had a chance to communicate their own approach. In practical terms, utilities are behind the curve in recruiting for the data analytics practitioners much sought after by all enterprises.

  • "Single version of the truth" sought for uniform results

    Feb 06, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Big Data calls for an IT architecture that can store, manage and extract value from data streams on a scale not seen by utilities until now. Central governance is favored over separate silos. And in-house expertise in determining the business questions that guide data mining will likely be sought. Two utilites describe their approach in this column.

  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] is working with Esri, the world's leading provider of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, to integrate GIS technology with SAIC's Smart Grid as a Service to deliver state-of-the-art smart grid solutions to utilities of all sizes.
  • The "next big thing" is a misnomer; it's here

    Jan 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Vendors  will tell  you what they want you to hear on data analytics. We offer you your peers and their lessons learned.

  • When implementing smart grid technology, many types of information technology systems come into play. From advanced metering infrastructure to customer information systems, to geographical information systems and master data management - integrating these systems into new smart grid technology can be a major undertaking for utilities.
  • ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that its Raleigh-based Smart Grid Center of Excellence facility, first announced last year and backed by a $10 million investment from ABB, is now operational and open for business.