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On Demand - How Advances in Mobile and Cloud Computing Provide Efficiencies for Utility Companies [an Energy Central PowerSession™]

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In this PowerSession, we discussed:

  • How recent advancements in technologies that surround mobile and cloud computing can provide enhanced detection and monitoring capabilities for utility companies. 
  • The current environment of staff mobile platform literacy that can support adopting more field-driven workflows.
  • Opportunities for streamlined solutions that reduce the complexity of traditional, multi-software solutions for reporting, scheduling, planning, and dispatching operations.
  • Specific examples related to solution implementations in vegetation management and fire mitigation will be discussed.

Why View:

Utility companies strive for more effective and efficient patterns for managing fieldwork.  In most cases, solutions implemented include a long list of integrations, software vendors, third-party tools, and custom development.  This panel will explore emerging technologies and solutions that may provide utility companies better options to implement more streamlined solutions that can:

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  • Significantly reduce incident detection to resolution timelines

  • Reduce latency from field observation, reporting, and inspection workflows.

  • Consolidate capabilities in enterprise GIS platforms that incorporate fieldwork, work management, dispatching, reporting, planning, and predictive analyses as a single, coordinated solution to improve reliability and reducing the need for costly custom, multi-system integrations.


Robert Brook, EC Expert & President Hecatic Labs

Rob is an Energy Central Expert with more than 30 years in the Energy and Information Technology industries designing and implementing GIS/asset management solutions and developing processes for organizational transformation. He is currently the President of Hecatic Labs, an energy industry consulting company, and the SVP and GM-Americas of Neara a cloud-based design and analytics platform.


Pat Hohl, 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, operations, and executive management. In addition, Hohl is an accomplished author, university professor, and a registered professional engineer in California.

Ben Dwinal, Solution Architect, UDC

Ben is a Solution Architect for UDC and certified GISP with over 24 years of experience in remote sensing, geospatial intelligence, application development, and related technologies. His background includes 12 years in military and defense technologies and 12+ years working in the electric utility space. Ben specializes in web and mobile app development, data process automation, system and cloud architecture design, and Esri GIS software installation and configuration.

Ross Boozer, Senior Business Analyst, PSEG

Ross is a Senior Business Analyst at PSEG and is a GIS Wizard. He has experience in ADMS, GIS and OMS. 


Thanks to our sponsor for your help in supporting this event:

UDC is a spatially focused company centered on automating both gas and electric utilities in the U.S. and Canada. They provide the full set of GIS services from design, consulting and solution architecture to mobile application development, GIS implementation, Esri Utility Network migration, and system integration. Their Digital Utility® solutions include GIS-based applications addressing common operational needs for utilities including compliance management, in addition to digital twin and operational dashboards for outage communications, asset management, condition-based maintenance and reliability analysis.

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