ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

September 2012

Esri European Wind User Group Launched

Members Will Share Insights into Spatial Technology to Develop, Plan, and Maintain Wind Farms

Wind energy professionals from across Europe now have a resource for exchanging ideas, success stories, and information about geospatial technology use for on- and offshore wind farms—the Esri European Wind User Group.

The group's mission: To discuss the best ways to meet daily challenges and learn how proven applications of GIS technology from Esri and its partners can support wind farm business processes.

"Esri offers an integrated approach to GIS products, services, and support," said John Shaw, vice president of the European Wind User Group, and chief information officer and the head of Information Services for Mainstream Renewable Power in Ireland. "The formation of our Wind User Group gives us a great forum to share best practices with peers committed to GIS excellence."

The first European Wind User Group meeting was held in May 2012, in Gentofte, Denmark. The event was hosted by DONG Energy along with Informi GIS A/S, Esri's distributor in Denmark. "GIS technology allows us to develop, plan, and maintain wind farms," said Anders R°pke, president of the European Wind User Group, and GIS and environmental engineer for DONG Energy in Denmark. "Spatial overview and analysis add direct value to the DONG Energy wind power organization. Applied GIS services and analysis contribute positively to the business case for offshore wind power production."

Wind energy professionals, including operators and developers, are welcome to join the group and stay apprised of upcoming events on LinkedIn.

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