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Smart Grid

As electric distribution systems are spreading fast in the world, we realize the vital role of geospatial technology in managing the delivery of power. The practice of running the grid is inherently spatial. An electrical provider needs detailed knowledge, including location and connectivity, of the grid's complex network of wires and devices.

A spatial database for a large utility now contains detailed land-base and complex facility data for a large area; it commonly exceeds 100 GB and links to even larger systems (customer information, asset tracking). The GIS data models typically cover both the transmission system (power plant to substation) and the distribution network (substation to customer). In most cases, the model does not extend to the actual customer premise (the meter), but ends at a transformer that may handle dozens of customers. Adding intelligence at the customer site will require handling data about the meter and the characteristics of the customer.

This seminar would focus on:
  • Emerging geospatial tools for smart grids
  • Geospatial technologies for mapping the grids
  • Need for real-time geospatial tools
  • Usability-How do users interact with the smart grid geospatial systems
  • Sensors and other data sources
  • Challenges- Data integrity, security etc
  • Consumer mapping