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TECO Peoples Gas is Leading the Gas Utility Industry on Tracking Equipment with GIS, Angela Marra Shares with the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast

  • Sep 22, 2022
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As Supervisor of GIS and Mapping Services at TECO Peoples Gas, Angela Marra has broken new ground in tracking gas utility systems with precision using GIS, barcoding technologies, and full-scale digital implementation. In the past few years, TECO has undertaken the massive project to implement GIS and mapping services for every single piece of gas infrastructure placed underground, tracking the model of the equipment, who the welder was, the precise location it lives, and so much more. 

Proper tracking and mapping of equipment allows for accountability for major public investments in infrastructure, preventing unexpected and dangerous energy supply interruptions, and advancing the concept of the digital utility where leaders must rethink what can be turned into data. Angela dives deep into this topic in this episode to highlight the benefits of this practice and why other utilities should catch up to implement these solutions as well. For example, Angela noted:

"Since launching at the beginning of 2022, we have captured 168,624 features using our equipment, and those comprise over 11,000 bundles, if you will. So in that short amount of time, that amount of features, if you will, have all been captured where we've been able to take a barcode scanner, scan the barcode, and we know this manufacturer made this particular item, we know when, we know that Joe Smith, he's the person who put it in or welded it, et cetera. We know within a shovel's width length of where those services are, and in many, many cases, it's actually within centimeters, the accuracy. We've no longer had to wait weeks or months for results of an as built to come back into our system, waiting on the paper and then going through the computer. So in a perfect world, a technician could go out, download their work, complete it electronically in a day, get it uploaded, and an inspector can go in and review it, and if it looks good, push it right through for our GIS team to review and could be in the system all within a day. So that's a huge, huge time saving. So, that saves money. It's peace of mind for the company, for the customer knowing and having that accuracy."

This entry into the podcasts, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

Episode #96: ‘Tracking Gas Flows and Infrastructure with GIS and Other Digital Tools' with Angela Marra of TECO Peoples Gas [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

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