Emerging geospatial tools for the electrical grid

July 4th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: PositionIT


Since the genesis of widespread electricity distribution in the 1880s, there has always been a need for geospatial information to help manage the grid. The electrical system is inherently spatial in nature, rooted in the geography of the service territory. This is true whether the territory is an entire country served by a national utility or a small area with local power generation facilities. The grid is a complex network of wires, supported by devices that control the flow of electrons through those wires. To build and manage that network, the utility has to know the location of all those components and how they are connected.

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