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    Esri's Pat Hohl & Bill Meehan Once Again Join the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast to Share How GIS & Digital Twins are Transforming the Power Industry

    July 22, 2021 - Energy Central


      This week’s episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast saw Pat Hohl and Bill Meehan, gurus on all things GIS, return to the podcast booth to share with podcast host Jason Price and producer Matt Chester, and the entire Energy Central audience, on the new digital technologies that are transforming the power sector. It’s been over a year since they last appeared on individual episodes of the podcast, and this rapidly advancing sub-sector of the utility industry is moving at breakneck speed, which meant they were overdue to update listeners on the state of technology and implementation.

      In order to highlight how these technological advancements are truly changing the way that the power sector thinks about intelligent solutions and what’s possible for the future of the grid, of customer relationships, of utility maintenance, Pat and Bill both came ready with case studies and advice:

      Bill Meehan:

      The digital twin helps to remove the barriers to making money or to losing money or to making customers unhappy, and safety and staying out of trouble. So that's really it. And I'm thinking of three particular utilities have done super job of using this notion of GIS and digital twin. And one of them is in Dubai, actually. DEWA, which is the Dubai Electric and Water Authority. And they have really been so creative in modeling. Instead of thinking about maps, like fiscal maps, they model what their facilities. Ironically, you kind of think of the Middle East as really investing heavily in fossil fuels. But DEWA is using the digital twin to look at solar and look at how they can really improve the environment. And they do a lot with that.

      Pat Hohl:

      I would say to add on what you said, in short, a digital twin helps utilities pull that information from its silos, use it together and make it available to people that need it. And this idea, it supports improvements all across the organization, as you mentioned. For example, engineering has detailed structural designs for every substation. There's the land, there's the fences, the walls, air conditioning, equipment, security cameras, everything. However, that's normally locked away in some CAD drawing that only a few employees can use. So imagine using those drawings in a virtual 3D environment. To add value to things like training, to job planning, to safety awareness, and even answering customers' calls about that facility.

      This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

      Special Edition: GIS, Digital Twin, and the Intelligent Reality of Utilities Today with Pat Hohl and Bill Meehan of Esri [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

      About Energy Central Podcast Series:

      The 'Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast' Series features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we'll connect with a Power Industry Leader to discuss compelling topics that impact utility professionals. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community by an Energy Central Community Member. Others may be with an industry leader interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.

      If you want to be a guest on a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, let us know! We'll be pulling guests from our community members who submit engaging content that gets our community talking, and perhaps that next guest will be you! Likewise, if you see an article submitted by a fellow Energy Central community member that you'd like to hear about in more detail, feel free to send us a note to nominate them. To contact us, email Podcast interviews are free for Expert Members and professionals who work for a utility. We have package offers available for solution providers and vendors.


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