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I Unleashing the power of GIS in a Utility Africa Geospatial Forum 2013 13 – 14 August, 2013 CTICC, Cape Town South Africa.

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1 I Unleashing the power of GIS in a Utility Africa Geospatial Forum 2013 13 – 14 August, 2013 CTICC, Cape Town South Africa

2 About this presentation

3 ABBREVIATIONS GISc (the science of geospatial) GIT (the whole technology environment) GIS (people, hardware, software, data and methods) AM/FM (Utilities infrastructure management) NIS (Network Information System) HR (Hunan Resources) IDM (Integrated demand management) Asset Man. (Asset Management) Outage Man. (Outage Management) Eng. (Engineering) Proj. Man. (Project Management) OGC (Open source GIS Consortium) COE (Centre Of Excellence Virtual)

4 Definitions Google and Bing map Commercial geospatial data: Is presented to attract the consumer with easy accessible and “understandable” geospatial data with the least effort and price Currently it is still not engineering geospatial data Visualisation of information by the incredible complex manipulations in backroom of many large and complex geospatial data sets by geoscientists supported by computers Geospatial data is one of the critical success factors of a GIS These geospatial data sets are captured/created through specialised activities and expanded through value adding and deriving exercises by Geoscientists and use is manipulations, analysis, what-if’s, sound geospatial decision making and consultancy. Geospatial Science activities Land SurveyGeodesyDigitisingCartography Converting alpha numeric data GeographyAnalysis Remote sensing Airborne and Satellite Monitoring What-if QuestionsScenario building IF YOU DREAM IT YOU CAN DO IT

5 Introduction Geographic Information Systems A GIS is a computer-based system to aid in the collection, maintenance, storage, analysis, output, and distribution of spatial data and information. (Source: Bolstad, 2012) GIS is an integrating activity using existing knowledge, insight that geoscientists have long used to analyse natural and social systems. Computers have made it just more possible. A tool to make work performing more efficient and effective and enhance decision making Automated Mapping and Facilities Mapping (AM/FM) A GIS designed primarily for engineering and utility purposes, AM/FM is a system that manages databases related to spatially distributed facilities.(Source:http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/ records/mrpubGIS 03_glossary. htmlhttp://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/ records/mrpubGIS 03_glossary. html Definitions

6 Purpose of presentation The Eskom Smallworld application with its integration of the network with operations, financial and customer service is a Automated Mapping Faculties management system –NETWORK INFORMATION SYSTEM (NIS) The improving of customer service through a more effective efficient linear network and workforce as the objective The challenge –Unleashing the power of GISc to the rest of the organisation The presentation will describe a possible way for Eskom to become a geospatial science entity

7 Eskom Line functions Service functions Strategic Staff functions Distribution Transmission Generation Customer Service Human Resources Technology & Commercial Finance & Group Capital Enterprise Development Sustainability

8 Generic GISc Groups within Eskom 1.Group 1 comprises the traditional GISc install base – workgroups and functions that use GIS 2.Group 2 is made up of functions that conduct business processes that have a strong location- specific component 3.Group 3 consists of functions that support business processes with some limited geospatial requirements 4.Group 4 represents non GISc users that see little or no value in geospatial capabilities

9 Importance of Geospatial Functions High Low GISc Outage Management Asset Management Engineering Network Related Generation, Transmission, Distribution Group Project Sourcing Supply Chain Operations Legal 14 GISc Renewables Construction Management Project Monitoring Project Management Project Development Primary Energy Risk & Resilience GISc NIS SmallWorld Maximo NIS Finance Customer care HR 2 Continuous Improvement Safety HR – Centre of Excellence Generation – Ash Dumps Generation – Coal Supply Environmental IDM Top Customer Segment GRID Access Unit Commercial & Residential Property Sustainable Systems & Climate Change Research, Testing & Development Source: IDC and ISSI, 2005 / White Paper, ESRI, Extending GIS to Enterprise Applications 3 Operational Usage GISc

10 Importance of Geospatial Functions High Low Source: IDC and ISSI, 2005 / White Paper, ESRI, Extending GIS to Enterprise Applications Tactical & Strategic GISc Applications Operational Support Systems Are we doing things right? Improving efficiency and effectiveness Productivity Established GISc Are we doing the right things? Doings things differently Integration Platform Spatially enabled applications Operational & Tactical GISc Applications Operational, Tactical and Strategic concept

11 NIS (AM/FM) SmallWorld, Maximo, etc. HR Safety Asset Man. Outage Man. Eng. IDM Finance Top Customer Segment Proj. Man. HR Commercial Residential Properties Construct. Man. TxSIS ArcReader ESIGIS Operational Usage GISc

12 NIS SmallWorld, Maximo, etc. GISc ESIGIS HR Safety Asset Man. Outage Man. Eng. IDM HR COE Finance Top Customer Segment Proj. Man. HR Commercial Residential Properties Construct. Man. TxSIS ArcReader Operations Tactical Tactical Strategic

13 Flexible and Standards Based Environmental Risk and Resilience Top Customer Segment Primary Energy Network Information System Human Resources Web Services & Messaging

14 People Requirements – Trained GISc staff (Geomaticians) – Trained GISc Application Staff – Life-long learning opportunities (research and development) – Universal GISc skills supported by training, workshops, awareness, etc. – Institutional GISc knowledge GISc educated senior & Top management Remedy Education versus Training Develop training and skills transfer Career paths development (GISc) Eskom to become Employer of choice Providing training and experience to the benefit of South Africa Bursaries, mentorships and internships as well as strategic relationships with tertiary education providers.

15 Data Requirements – Eskom proprietary geospatial data developed to necessary standards – All geospatial data investment must be documented (metadata) and accessible to South Africa with few exceptions – All geospatial data must be accurate, useful and fit for purpose – Geospatial data must be developed and maintained with all Eskom requirements in mind – Ensure sustainability of all geospatial data created or acquired (medium to long-term) Remedy Eskom must promote, support and assist with the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative- This will benefit South Africa Eskom to collaborate with development and funding of fundamental geospatial data sets (SBC SPOT6, Land Cover, etc.) Investment in geospatial data must be seen as the creation of a strategic asset warranting enough sustainable support (funding, people, software, etc. )

16 Methods / Standards / Work flows Requirements – Establishment of GISc Centre of Excellence Realisation of Eskom GISc “brain trust” – Support by Eskom management (buy-in) Understanding of GISc as a strategic tool Have management “mind share” – High-level visible sponsorship – Establishment of a GISc support structure within Eskom (Senior and Top management) Remedy Supporting the COE Organisational skills Marketing Policy Training/Education Adoption of industry standards and best practises(OGC ) Research into applications etc. The development of institutional knowledge)

17 Software / Hardware / Networks Requirements – Software / Hardware must align with Eskom Information Management policies and procedures – Implement the most appropriate software / hardware (fit for purpose) – Support for the standardised software platforms in South Africa and from within Eskom – Standards based (integration) – Systems / Applications must be cognisant of global and industry trends Remedy – Line must be driving force for application and usage and not the IM/IT

18 Summary Eskom – Promote Spatially enable decision making with the bigger picture in mind and using GISc as integral component – Grow awareness of GISc Educate senior and top managers – Training and exposure operational and professional staff – Sustainable contribution to fundamental geospatial data development South Africa – Sustainable contribution in the development and maintenance of fundamental geospatial datasets – Grow GISc skills throughout SA


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