United Services Group (USG), a business services unit of Great River Energy, has selected ESRI software for providing automated mapping/facilities management (AM/FM) geographic information system (GIS) services to its member cooperatives. Great River Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative based in Elk River, Minnesota. USG is adding GIS to the engineering and substation design services it has been providing to Great River Energy’s 29 distribution cooperatives as well as other electric utilities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
USG’s services demonstrate the effective use of GIS software by utility organizations of all sizes including smaller utility cooperatives. The not-for-profit shared services organization is deploying a diverse array of applications using ESRI’s ArcGIS and ArcIMS software. The applications can be used in engineering, operations, distribution, field automation, and more.