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GIS and Geospatial Data: The Energy Central Community Has Been Ahead of the Curve

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Official Energy Central Community Manager of Generation and Energy Management Networks. Matt is an energy analyst in Orlando FL (by way of Washington DC) working as an independent energy...

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Among the most dynamic and important areas of focus that's elevating into the c-suites across the utility sector comes from the world of geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial data. By creating systems that digitize, analyze and update data around the location of key assets across the grid, utilities are able to optimize their operations and maintenance. Gone will be the days of massive paper maps, field workers keeping personal notes that don't find their way to central databases, and other challenges, and replacing them will be tablets with the latest information automatically updated on them and AI-enabled tools to make as efficient as possible all associated processes. 

Many utilities are still looking to overhaul their systems to take advantage of the possibilities of GIS, but regular visitors to Energy Central know that the experts and leaders in our community have been espousing the value and importance of GIS for years, well ahead of average industry professional. 

If you're only just realizing the value that GIS is already bringing the energy sector and will continue to do so in the future, check out some of the best GIS content on Energy Central in recent years below:

 

Note we've also featured GIS as a topic on the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast a few times as well:

 

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