Greetings from Your 2016 EGUG President

Greetings from Your 2016 EGUG President

Wow, what a great year.  I am excited to think about all of the conversations I have had with GIS professionals from around the world. The Electric and Gas User Group (EGUG) has always been a terrific place to start a conversation about our work.

Every year we share our successes and find ways to solve the next business challenge. We have seen dramatically increased attendance in the past two years at both the Esri User Conference and the Electric and Gas GIS Conference. The user presentations have been incredible in their diversity and detail. Thanks to all of you who shared your best work with us.

Please plan on participating in the two Esri conferences, with the ever important vendor-supported socials, the Birds of a Feather webcast series, and groups on GeoNet and LinkedIn.

Departures and Arrivals

Big thanks go out to Mark Vlaich of Laclede Gas, our out-going EGUG President.  He provided leadership all year long and is just a really nice person to work with. National Grid's Preston Large and Jane Bersani worked very hard as conference co-chairs to make sure we had a remarkable conference in Providence. Thank you to everyone who attended, participated and helped make it a valuable experience. I am also glad the hurricane changed direction away from Rhode Island.

Kyle Erickson from Connexus Energy was elected to Vice President.  We have already started to work together on some new initiatives as this community continues to grow.

Looking Forward

This year we will host five or six webinars that focus on topics of interest to the EGUG community. Organized by the Birds of a Feather groups, the 2015-2016 Birds of a Feather Webinar Series features presentations from utility professionals and technical content from Esri.

We want to celebrate the hard work of the utilities in this community. The series is also an opportunity for you to bring a taste of the conference to your colleagues back home.

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Webinars:

December 9, 2015 – 11 am PST: Join the EGUG Birds of a Feather group leads for a review of the meetings that took place at the Electric and Gas GIS conference in October. In the second part of the webcast, Imperial Irrigation District (IID) will share how crews used mobile GIS inspections to capture details regarding fiber runs, patch panels, and devices during the implementation of a fiber project. Register here.

January 20, 2016 – 11 am PST:  Join us for a presentation from Dr. Comfort Manyame of Mid-South Synergy. In the second part of the webcast, Brian Baldwin with Esri will deliver a technical presentation on the integration of Collector for ArcGIS, Navigator for ArcGIS, and workforce apps. Register here.

2016 Esri User Conference

Join us in San Diego June 27 to July 1 and gain insight and ideas from real-world success stories by your peers in electric and gas utilities.

2016 Esri Electric and Gas GIS Conference

Work has already begun for next year’s event. I know we all want to know where the conference will be, so stay tuned to GeoNet and LinkedIn for the announcement. Trust me, it's going to be great.

Final Thoughts

In the last 15 years GIS has grown from a side project in the engineering department to an enterprise service that manages the daily operations of hundreds of utilities. As our business matures, we are finding new ways to bring GIS to the rest of the organization.

For example, mobile app Collector for ArcGIS has given us a taste of what it's like to deliver new kind of GIS capabilities. And now with multiple mobile GIS apps, users can choose the experience they want—driving directions, asset management, workforce tickets. Choose what you want, when you need it.

In Providence we got our first deep look into the Network Management Project. This next generation utility network includes new tools for network editing, analytics, and visualizations. When released, it opens many opportunities to deliver network intelligence across the platform for the next decade.  There will be a lot to learn from each other as we explore these new software experiences and deliver a new kind of platform to our users.

As EGUG President, I look forward to helping this community share those new experiences.  If anyone has thoughts, drop me a line. Let's start the next conversation.

Kurt Towler
EGUG President
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