CIM and Digital Transformation: Highlights from the Past Quarter of Content

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William (Bill) Meehan is the Director of Utility Solutions for Esri. He is responsible for business development and marketing Esri’s geospatial technology to global electric and gas utilities.A...

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It's always thrilling for me to engage with the Energy Central community, sharing my two cents on where the digital utility technology of the future is headed, and I've been fortunate enough to do so in a number of different formats across various critical topics in recent months. 

To make sure you haven't missed any of it, I thought it would be valuable to put together another quarterly review of my highlights of best content you don't want to miss: 


Bill Meehan's Quarterly Highlights

Common Information Model (CIM) CIMplified Series

Early in my career, I taught a night school graduate course. It was about computer methods to solve electric grid simulations. It was basically a math course. The math was tough. I had two problems. First, half the class consisted of full-time sleepy utility engineers. They had to race from their jobs to the class. The others were international students. English was their second language. So, I had to communicate the complex subject simply. Instead of dealing with the math first, I decided to tell stories of how things worked. Then I would teach math.

Like my college course, the Common Information Model (CIM) is complicated. Yet, its concept is quite simple. But it does use terms that may be hard to understand. The purpose of this blog is to explain in a simple way how and why it came about. I will tell what it is and isn’t. And what some of the terms mean.

Read Part 1

Read Part 2

Read Part 3


Short Video Series - Utility Lessons Learned with Pat Hohl and Bill Meehan

Pat Hohl and Bill Meehan have almost 100 years of experience working in the utility industry, much of it at power companies. Even though they are from opposite corners of the United States, their stories are often similar. This series of short 5-6 minute videos is a casual look at their lessons learned working in the industry, its challenges, foibles, and opportunities. In addition, they will speak about how technology, particularly GIS, can transform the business if used to its capability.

Join us for the first of several brief videos from pioneers Pat and Bill.

Watch Episode 1: Digital Transformation

Watch Episode 2: Digital Twins


Spatial Business Intelligence - Changing Behavior

Digital transformation is about two things. The first is the introduction of new digital technology. Think the iPhone. The second is creating new behavior patterns – not ones that punish. Instead, ones that reward. Streaming video is a prime example. Remember having to return the old VHS tapes to the video store? And forgetting to rewind them? Streaming video rewards you by getting rid of those cabinets chock full of DVDs. Then not having to hunt for the copy of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, that someone put in the wrong box. Unfortunately, people confuse digital transformation with digital transition (I coined that term). Digital transition happens when you introduce new technology but keep the same behavior.

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