Esri Infrastructure Management & GIS Conference Is Coming Virtually in October

What comes to mind when we hear the term infrastructure management? Planning new water mains? Running power plants? Balancing gas transmission lines? Restoring power failures? Rerouting communications signals? How about worrying about aging assets? The average age of 90,580 dams in America is 56 years old. Most electric power lines in the US were built between the 1950s and 1960s. Many of America’s drinking water pipes were laid in the early to mid-20th century. About 240,000 water main breaks occur per year. This wastes more than two trillion gallons of treated water. Even telecom relies on millions of aging wood poles.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in its latest infrastructure scorecard gave the US a dismal D+.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that over the last decade or so, utilities and telecoms are undergoing huge transformations–digital transformations. This is driven by location intelligence led by the ArcGIS platform. It empowers users with innovative tools creating sustainable prosperity.

Join us for the Esri Infrastructure Management & GIS Conference (Esri IMGIS). It will be a place to learn, share, and connect with peers in this journey of digital transformation. Virtually. Participants will learn how to use GIS to manage data, implement digital workflows, and engage stakeholders across their organizations. They will find out how location intelligence transforms the work they do.

Plato once quipped, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Well, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was the necessity. It drove us to move from in-person events to a one-time virtual cross-over event that brings the electric, gas and pipeline, telecommunications, water, transportation, and AEC industries together, creating the largest infrastructure GIS conference in the world.

While the industries are different, they have many commonalities. They share similar workflows and take advantage of GIS in big and similar ways. You will see how different industries use GIS to solve business challenges. There will be industry-focused sessions as well. Being virtual provides a unique, integrated experience for everyone throughout the industries that manage critical infrastructure.

Join us for a conference that will

The Esri IMGIS provides users from different sectors with a unique opportunity to learn and share within their collective community at the largest infrastructure GIS conference in the world. This virtual event allows more content to be experienced than is possible with an in-person event.

The event is complimentary for customers who are current on maintenance or their subscription. We would love to see our customers in person. But necessity gives us the chance to take a broader look and create something extraordinary. Maybe this event will help our industries get a better ASCE grade next time around!

We look forward to greeting you virtually at the Esri IMGIS.

Register now for this exciting event here.

About the authors

Author of four books: GIS for Enhanced Electric Utility Performance, Modeling Electric Distribution with GIS, Empowering Electric and Gas Utilities with GIS and Power System Analysis by Digital Computer, he is a sought-after speaker and thought leader. His blogs have been widely read. He has lectured extensively and taught courses at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts. Bill holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining Esri, Bill was the vice president of electric operations for a major electric and gas utility. Bill is a registered engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He currently is the Director of Electric Utility Solutions at Esri, the world's largest GIS company.


Christa is an experienced water industry professional with 20 years of success using and promoting technology to solve problems in the water industry. Recognized for Industry thought leadership, strategic thinking, and building success with organizations across the globe. She is a passionate GIS advocate, lifelong learner and collaborator. Builds success jointly with teammates, peers, and customers. Christa is a certified GIS Professional and holds a graduate degree in Geography.


Pat Hohl, PE is Esri’s Director of Electric Industry Solutions. He oversees the planning and execution of Esri’s go-to-market strategies in the Electric Industry, primarily in the U.S.A. Pat was a pioneer in electric utility GIS technology. He has a broad business background with over 35 years of experience in utility engineering, technology, operations, and executive management. Pat is also an accomplished author, consultant, and university professor.

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