The electric utilities built their facility maps on paper for decades, then later implemented GIS. Yet after all of those years dealing with paper, utilities still clung to using paper even for their GIS. Today things have changed. Utilities are finally abandoning paper to extend their GIS onto mobile devices for use in the field.
This reading list provides a broad overview of mobile GIS applications for electric utilities. These resources are not exhaustive but will provide information about the capabilities, how they work, why they are important, and what other utilities have done.
The first place to look for a high-level view of the benefit of field apps is the one-page summary of the value proposition of GIS mobility apps. Because they are contained on one page, we call them our posters. Here are two posters dedicated to GIS for mobility. The first is the poster for operations management. Much of the operations take place outside the office. The mobility poster is for field operations, which is closely related.
The Transforming Operations Management with Location Intelligence and the Optimizing Mobile Workforces eBooks expands the content on the posters. They provide customer success stories about how mobility solutions greatly enhance crews’ performance in the field and provide feedback to managers in the office and service centers.
Field Operations Webinar Series
This three-part webinar series covers inspections, maintenance, capital work, and advanced field applications. The following are the videos for the three half-hour webinars:
In addition, Esri held a two-part webinar series expanding on the above webinar series. Topics included tools for better awareness, safety and mobile GIS tools for effectively capturing information from the field that is often lost or misplaced. Here are the videos:
Esri also held a webinar focusing on mobility, including a customer case study: Here is the link to the video:
Building the Electric Network is a great resource for those wanting to know more about the electric grid and how GIS can model it. This Story Map provides foundational material about electric operations, GIS, and mobile solutions.
Here is an excellent example of the use of Story Maps to tell the tale of Digital Transformation at MZEC for Maintenance Field Activities.
Customer Success Stories
Read about actual customer business drivers and experiences with ArcGIS Mobility solutions.
To learn more about what the community and Esri professionals are saying about ArcGIS Field Maps, check out the community blogs.
These product pages get you started on the whole world of Mobility and GIS:
Thought Leadership Blogs
For several years, Esri and Energy Central have brought thought-provoking blogs to the broad electric utility community. Here is a sample of some of the mobility-themed blogs:
Four Things I Learned About Digital Transformation from a Stop at McDonald’s Please let me know if you have a resource you think should be included in this reading list. As always to learn more about how GIS can benefit electric utilities, click here.