GIS4SmartGrid 2018 to be held in Amsterdam on 20-22 of November

GIS4SmartGrid 2018 to be held in Amsterdam on 20-22 of November

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Amsterdam:In-depth research carried out with 30+ GIS leaders working in the power grid sector has uncovered that utilities are in
the process of radically overhauling their GIS systems and infrastructure. Investment in upgrading these systems has
grown sharply in recent years, along with pressure on IT teams and GIS specialists to deliver next-generation
functionality, more detailed data, and cross-platform support for a wider range of business end-users to support
smarter performance of the grid.
While the scope for utilising GIS is increasing, it is still too often viewed as just a legacy system for performing basic
report- and map-generation functions. Moreover, as the energy transition picks up pace network operators will be
more reliant on accurate and complete data, but in many cases their geospatial and topological data is not up to this
standard. “GIS has a huge part to play in the evolution of the smart grid,” says Robin Sarfas, Conference Producer at
Smart grid Forums, organisers of GIS4SmartGrid 2018. “TSOs and DSOs have had existing systems in place for a long
time, but many are just now realising how much of their more advanced asset management, network planning,
engineering and other activities are underpinned by reliable data on the physical reality of the network and the
environment.”
It is for these reasons that Smart Grid Forums have launched the premier GIS4SmartGrid 2018 conference, exhibition,
and networking forum. Drawing together 120+ utility GIS specialists for an intensive three-day programme of
implementation case studies, 14+ utilities will share how they are transforming the way they manage and utilise their
GIS to automate many of its core functions, support more advanced applications, extend accessibility to a wider range
of business units, and maximise grid awareness and performance.
Speakers will share their experience in improving their GIS systems and utilising them to provide full geospatial and
topological context in applications carried out by a broad range of business units including asset management, network
planning, outage prediction and prevention, field-force deployment, and active network management. The agenda
also features discussions on how new technological developments such as migration to the cloud and 3-D modelling
can support and deepen further insight. Finally, the event concludes with a tutorial on open-source GIS
implementation based on the QGIS platform.
Alongside the case-study programme and tutorial is a technology innovation panel discussion featuring cutting-edgesuppliers, a series of intimate end-user roundtables, a live demo lab of the latest systems and solutions, an exhibition
area displaying 10+ state of the art technology suppliers, and an evening networking reception open to all attendees.
“The launch of this event supports utilities in making the best decisions and extracting the most value from their GIS
systems,” says Mandana White, Director at Smart Grid Forums. “The choices they make for their GIS strategy today
will have a huge impact on their ability to meet the demands of the energy transition tomorrow. Just as we have
supported utilities in moving to the next-generation of SCADA capabilities, it is our intention to provide a much-needed
dedicated forum for GIS leaders and experts in the power grid sector to come together and share ideas and make rapid
progress.”

Discussions topics include:
• System implementation and integration: exploring next-generation GIS systems and how to integrate them with
a range of IT and OT systems including SCADA and ERP
• Data quality: taking steps to ensure GIS data meets the standards required for smart grid applications and
provides a complete map of geospatial network information
• Advanced functionality: building GIS platforms and tools which provide a full suite of functionalities to support a
wide range of business users from multiple departments
• Cross-platform functionality: developing support for advanced GIS applications in desktop, web-based, and
mobile formats
• Visualisations: producing accessible, interactive maps and visualisations which make insights accessible to a
variety of internal and external stakeholders
• Open-source GIS: exploiting the growth in performance of QGIS to complement your existing tools, add
flexibility, and even replace proprietary systems
Speakers include:
• Maarten van Roest, Functional Manager, Geo-information – TenneT
• Elisa Schafer, Planner, Asset Digitalisation – Fingrid
• Alex Jakeman, Innovation Project Leader – UK Power Networks
• Ingrid den Uijl, Teamleader Asset Information System, Data Scientist – Stedin
• Peter De Koning, Lead Architect – Alliander
• Raffael Hilber, Head of Development Network Information – BKW
• Sami Vehmasvaara, System Engineer NIS/GIS – Elenia
• Pedro Gama, Senior Manager, Mission Critical Systems – EDP
• Matthias Franssens, GIS System Manager – Sibelga
• Ain-Joonas Toose, Chief Specialist – Eletkrilevi
• Mait Rahi, Development Manager, Digital Projects – Elektrilevi
• Vladimir Stojicic, GIS/GNSS Project Leader – EPS Distribucija
• Martin Lubach, Business Manager – Esri
• Tigran Andjelic, Principal Software Architect – GE
• Jonathan Piraux, GIS Functional Analyst – Capgemini                • Roy Gys, Senior Consultant, Data Analytics and Asset Management Excellence – Deloitte
• Soeradj J. Raghunath, Senior Manager, GIS Solutions – Accenture
• Marco Bernasocchi, Founder – OpenGIS.ch