What a migration to Esri’s Utility Network model can mean for Utilities and why to consider this now
- Jul 26, 2019 10:37 pm GMT
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Since the introduction of Outage Management (OMS) and Distribution Planning (DPS) software in the mid-1990s, the need for utilities to manage a connected model representing their facilities and assets became a key driver for GIS implementations worldwide. Beyond the traditional mapping and location-based capabilities a GIS brought to the market, it was the ability of a GIS to model how assets interacted and behaved in the form of a connected system that led utilities to establish GIS as a foundational system for their organizations. For example, functionality that understands how the state of a switch or valve affects downstream facilities--and the ability to manage and export this data—have become standard requirements in the utility industry, where previously simply the location of assets and their attribution were maintained.
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