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On-Demand Webinar | FortisBC: Modernizing Asset Inspections for the 21st Century

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FortisBC is a regulated utility that provides safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity, and propane. Working within some of the most spectacular and challenging terrain in the world, FortisBC must manage and maintain close to 48,700 kilometers of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines.

With assets spread across such a vast area, FortisBC had to rely on archaic tools, including manual record-keeping and paper maps—as well as siloed and stale data—to stay on top of its asset inspection cycles.

In 2018, FortisBC began to modernize its asset inspection approach. The utility shifted to a fully integrated inspection program generated from its enterprise asset management (EAM) system. Today it relies on Network Assessment Framework tools for general asset inspections and leak surveys. Field workers and supervisors can easily execute, visualize, and track progress using combined asset intelligence from GIS and EAM systems within their Mobile Workforce Management system.

In this ON-DEMAND webinar, FortisBC will show how today the data generated from inspections flows directly to the FortisBC EAM system for a real-time view of the operation, providing the utility with a fully automated, integrated, and digital compliance model.

Learning outcomes:

1. How the integration of EAM and GIS technologies can provide workers with powerful, intuitive tools for greater efficiencies
2. Benefits from giving their administrators and workers the flexibility of choosing form- or map-centric workflows, depending upon the use case
3. How to simplify integrating large enterprise systems if you leverage connector products




Allan Santano, Solutions Architect, FortisBC

Al has over 25 years’ of utility application and system architecture experience in MWFM, OMS, SCADA, CIS, GIS, AMI, and SAP ERP. The past several years have been devoted to integrating all electric and gas field operational work into one unified Mobile Workforce Management (MWFM) scheduling and mobile application.



Duncan Long, Senior Product Line Manager, Clevest 
Duncan has over 10 years’ experience working with utilities and municipalities delivering, developing, and casting the vision for software mobility solutions. On the more technical side, he specializes in Mobile GIS and configuration of web service integrations – enabling utilities to link their systems, creating more coherent and compelling solutions across the enterprise. On the business side, he helps advance the short- and long-term vision for smart city initiatives. 


Skip Heise, President, GeoNexus
Skip has over 20 years of experience in the GIS, utilities, and asset management industries. Before starting GeoNexus, he served in leadership roles with Esri and a large system integration firm. He is an expert in planning, designing and implementing enterprise GIS and specializes in integrating Esri ArcGIS with Enterprise Asset Management systems.




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