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Modernising India’s energy infrastructure with GIS

Hyderabad: The first ever symposium on GeoEnergy was held on the second day of the India Geospatial Forum 2014. Based on the theme ‘Modernising India’s Energy Infrastructure’ session focussed on sensitising the electricity players in India for implementing and integrating geospatial technologies in their business processes. GeoEnergy succeeded in touching the right chord in the very first year of its existence. It saw presentations from almost every sub-sector of electricity, such as generation, transmission, distribution, IT, non-banking, finance and the academia.

The day-long symposium was chaired by Geoff Zeiss, Editor (Energy & Building), Geospatial World, who highlighted several cases where distribution and transmission utilities worldwide have successfully implemented GIS. He very profoundly stressed that even though it’s rather difficult to do a cost-benefit analysis for such projects, it is widely accepted by the user organisations that the return on investment for GIS projects is pretty quick as it immediately pushes their topline north through low hanging fruits such as theft control and work automation.

The keynote speaker for the session, Arup Ghosh, CTO, TP-DDL discussed about the phenomenal impact of GIS mapping. Tata Power has managed to turn around the fortune of the loss-ridden distribution circle previously owned by the Delhi Government. He explained how by using modern-day technologies his firm has drastically reduced the AT&C losses down from over 50% in 2003 to nearly 12% in 2013.

During the day-long course of discussion, several challenges and opportunities regarding the implementation of GIS mapping, remote sensing and smart grid were broached upon. The points raised by ITIAs under R-APDRP vis-a-vis imagery procurement as well as consumer survey & asset mapping were addressed by the officials of Power Finance Corporation (PFC). Apart from many other issues, the dire need for rapid capacity building by introducing under-graduate level GIS-based courses was shared by everyone present at the event.

The symposium ended with highlighting some of most innovative steps being taken in India towards the convergence of geospatial industry and the electricity sector, and with the promise of a better, more efficient and smarter electricity infrastructure.

Source: Our Correspondent