This book describes how geospatial technology in the form of a modern enterprise geographic information system (GIS) can be applied to all aspects of the electric utility business from Smart Grid to generation to transmission to distribution to the retail supply of electricity to customers. This book appeals to readers that are interested not only in the technical details of a GIS enabled electric system, but also how such a system works in the real business world.
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Are you an information technology manager and executive; GIS manager; system integrator; or, application provider? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Bill Meehan, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that describes the how geospatial technology in the form of a modern enterprise geographic information system that can be applied to all aspects of the electric utility business from smart grid to generation to transmission to distribution to the retail supply of electricity to customers. Author Meehan, begins with an overview of how GIS fits within the utility business model. Next, the author discusses the changing nature of the generation business from one dominated by vertically integrated utilities to competitive entities and how this has changed the business. Then, he deals with the electric transmission and how the operations and system development of the transmission system depends heavily on location and of course GIS. Next, the author covers the distribution system itself, detailing the various components of a GIS facilities model. In addition, he covers the electric distribution business problems, such as new designs, inspections, asset and risk management, maintenance, and restoration. The author also discusses how GIS plays a role in managing the information about the location, characteristics, and condition of the utility assets, and provides a framework for communicating the state of the electric network. He continues by describing how the meter is at the heart of the retail business. Finally, the author details how GIS can support the many other departments within a utility and how the information from operations and engineering can influence decisions in the support areas and the other way around. This most excellent book is for people interested not only in the technical details of a GIS-enabled elctric system, but also how such a system works in the real business world. In addition, this great book can be read cover to cover to give the reader a complete picture of the breadth of how GIS can transform an electric utility.