Review of Top GIS & Digital Twin Insights from This Quarter

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Director - Electric Industry Solutions, Esri

Pat Hohl, PE, is Esri's director of electric industry solutions. He was a pioneer in the use of GIS for electric utilities. He has over 35 years of experience in utility engineering, technology...

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In the past few months, I've been sharing some of the most important trends I'm seeing in the utility space related to GIS, Digital Twin, and related digital technologies for the power industry. This sector is fast-moving and it can be hard to stay on top of the latest and greatest of what's possible, so I wanted to do a quick retrospective to highlight some of the most critical articles and resources I've shared in the past quarter-- call them my Quarterly Highlights:


Pat Hohl's Quarterly Highlights

Special Edition: GIS, Digital Twin, and the Intelligent Reality of Utilities Today with Pat Hohl and Bill Meehan of Esri [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

Listen to the podcast episode my colleague Bill Meehan and I did with the Energy Central Team on trends utility leaders should be watching today

Listen (or read the transcript) here


Consider it Done! - Field Operations

When I gave a field assignment, I often wondered what follow-up would be required to get it done right. Work must be completed safely and correctly. In the process, employees also return their status, updates, and various feedback. Repeated checks, verification, or rework waste precious time and money. Furthermore, you might even need a backup plan if the work products are incomplete.

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Two Things to Know About Digital Twins

Talk of Digital Twins is popping up everywhere – with good reason. They are fantastic tools and desperately needed. Utility staff struggle with increasing complexity. They require better information and interfaces to optimize their work. Digital Twins can help. A Digital Twin is an advanced framework to align a utility's digital infrastructure with emerging technologies. 

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With Grid Infrastructure in Popular Focus, a Look Back at What I Was Saying on GIS & Distribution Circuits Last Year

Just over a year ago, I made my debut appearance on the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast where I was thrilled to share my thoughts on the future of distribution circuits (which are still the critical building blocks of the grid) and how GIS was impacting the utility industry and even making early contributions to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Matt Chester on Aug 4, 2021

Thanks for keeping us up to date, Pat. Any preview on what new area you're working on or thinking about next? 

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Pat Hohl on Aug 6, 2021

Many utilities are becoming much more focused on customers. I plan to address that soon. 

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