Smarter Collaborative Software to Support Energy Operations Centers

For so many years, industries that are heavily reliant on geospatial data have been working with paper maps unfolded on tables. Some of these companies are still using paper maps to analyze huge amounts of data despite the current availability of geographic information system (GSI) for storing and managing geospatial data. Data management tasks using these traditional methods are asynchronous and very tedious. Delays in updating these maps can pose a safety risk for field workers who may be guided based on outdated information. GIS applications are used for capturing, storing, managing, analyzing and dispaying geograpgically referenced information. GIS applications are used for capturing, storing managing, analyzing and displaying geographically referenced information. Some electrical utilities have their own GIS data which includes details of their circuits, power-lines, and other company details. GIS applications are typically used to create interactive queries, anlayize spatial information, edit data and present the results of these operations. Some control center teams in electricity companies, however, still prefer to use printed paper maps on tables to discuss and analyze snapshots of the data. Most GIS applications are focused on supporting a single user and since these teams typically work collaboratively, they prefer using printed maps.

Craig Anslow
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Frank Maurer
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