How Utility Companies Benefit from GIS

Excerpts from Geodatapoint Blog 

Utility companies that pivot and embrace this development will also see exponential growth as they are able to adapt their field crews to be more efficient, safer and expedient at accomplishing projects.

Mary E. Shacklett's article, "How Utilities are Transforming with Geospatial Technology" engages with the topic of how "in the field" utility company operations are adopting GIS data options to become more efficient and effective in the field. Not surprisingly, Argis Solutions is on the front line of this new technology. Brady Hustad provides his insight into how AR and GIS are bring a great synergy to bear on the problems of efficiency and accuracy which field technicians face. 

The world of augmented reality (AR) is about to take the U.S. by a storm,” Hustad says. “We predict that consumers will be using AR and virtual reality (VR) in just a few short years. Utility companies that pivot and embrace this development will also see exponential growth as they are able to adapt their field crews to be more efficient, safer and expedient at accomplishing projects. This is the time to adopt so they are ahead of the curve.

Hustad says that many utility companies were making the shift to geospatial technology because it made them more operationally efficient and accurate. “What makes companies more accurate is the shift from paper to devices. … When utilities switch to mobile technology to view their geospatial data, the technology brings people and data together in the real world and facilitates collaboration.”

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Mary E Shacklett is president of Transworld Data.