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On Demand - Maturing of GIS – Baby Steps to Quantum Leaps [an Energy Central PowerSession™]

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This PowerSession is a panel discussion with experts leading the way in GIS systems and related applications. In this session, our panelists discuss how the utility's use of GIS systems is maturing, what this means for utilities, and the steps utilities should be taking today to prepare for the future. 

Key Themes for this Discussion: 

  1. How should we, as power industry practitioners, think differently as it pertains to using GIS systems and related applications? 
  2. IIJA and IRA Bills. How will these bills impact the use of GIS systems and related applications in the coming years?
  3. On the horizon – what does the landscape look like in the next 5 to 10 years, and what "baby steps" should utilities be taking today to prepare? 


Bill Meehan, Director, Electric Utilities, Industry Solutions

Bill is responsible for business development and marketing Esri’s geospatial technology to global electric and gas utilities. He has advised and directed hundreds of projects that integrated GIS into electric operations. An experienced writer, he has authored the definitive books on gas and electric utility GIS–GIS for Enhanced Electric Utility PerformanceEmpowering Electric and Gas Utilities with GIS and Modeling Electric Distribution with GIS–in addition to hundreds of articles, papers, and blog posts. Meehan is known for his charismatic storytelling style and ability to make complex subjects easy to understand.



Pat Hohl, Director, Electric Industry Solutions

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. 


Tom Helmer, Executive Solution Architect for UDC

A SAFe® 4 Certified Agilist (SA), Tom has 30+ years of experience designing and integrating utility solutions around enterprise GIS and related technologies, including advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid solutions. Tom’s background encompasses both electric and gas transmission and distribution. He has been the lead architect for numerous significant utility projects spanning Smart Grid, Pipeline Integrity, and integrated spatial solutions. His expertise spans strategic planning, system architecture, utility business processes, and software engineering.


Angela Marra, Supervisor GIS & Mapping Services, TECO Peoples Gas

Results-oriented business analyst skilled in achieving operational efficiency and increasing revenue through process analysis and improvement in the utility industry for the past 15 years. Helps build company reputation and lives its values. Concentration in and successful implementation of business process improvement, vendor management, project implementation, data analysis, change management, resource planning, and asset management. Employs root cause analysis to identify issues and develop process improvements using Lean Six Sigma methods that lead to cost savings.


Peter Batty, CRO, SSP Innovations

Peter Batty has been an innovator in the GIS industry for 35 years. He has served as Chief Technology Officer at GE Smallworld, Intergraph (now Hexagon), and IQGeo. He has created multiple successful products, including the IQGeo myWorld platform and the GE PowerOn electric outage management application. His focus at SSP is on researching new technologies and building out innovative new product offerings, as well as providing guidance to the Executive Leadership Team and the company's overall strategic direction.




Esri, the global leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, builds the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. 

Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world's largest cities, most national governments, and 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies. 

Esri empowers utilities for precision planning and execution by providing skills, knowledge, and resources in mapping, spatial analytics, data visualization, geoprocessing, and big data analytics. With these capabilities, Esri helps utilities improve stakeholder engagement by infusing geospatial data into the core decision-making structure of the business and operations.

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Angela Marra on Dec 16, 2022

I was honored to be part of a panel of experts in this industry!  Thank you, Energy Central, for including me. :)

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