By - Jon Brown

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fundamentals for Utilities
April 6-7, 2020 | San Antonio, TX

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Geographic information systems (GIS) is becoming a well-known technology that is used every day, not just by all types of organizations all over the world, but also by people. GIS is everywhere: on your phone, on your car, on your watch and even on your GoPro. It is used to visualize any type of features, find patterns, analyze change, create models, tell stories, solve and predict problems, and turn raw data into actionable information and decision making. This course introduces GIS concepts and related tools used by different industries as part of their business models and workflows. This course will show you how to modify and implement other industries applications to the electric utility, and where to find tools as well as other resources.

You will also learn about development, applications, GPS, remote sensing technologies like LiDAR and how to use them to target renewable energy options, integration between systems like SCADA, trends like UAV’s which are tightly related to geographic information systems, and even enterprise deployments. We will look into the future as well as evaluate new software versions for tools such as the Utility Network tool and its impact on an electric network. Real world use cases will be part of our interactive discussions.

The course is ideal for any professionals from any industry who would like to start learning about GIS, but also for the expert who would like to take GIS to the next level or an organization that wants to implement GIS.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Familiarize with GIS fundamentals
  • Discuss how to deploy and implement a GIS system for any scale organization
  • Discuss real use cases
    • United Power, XCEL Energy
    • Distribution vs. transmission
    • Streetlights repair and maintenance
  • Review new technologies
  • Identify positive and negative factors
  • Review GIS industries and its applications to the electric utility
  • Review data integration and security
  • Assess data collection and management
  • Identify data sources and types
  • Review what resources you have available
  • Identify and apply GIS in the five usage patterns areas: data management, planning and analysis, field mobility, operational awareness, and stakeholder engagement



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, interactive group exercise, and group discussion will be used during this course. 


Monday, April 6, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


Introduction and Basic Concepts

    • Data types
    • Projections
    • Data accuracy
    • Scales
    • GIS Systems architecture and components
    • Geospatial data modeling
    • Survey vs. mapping
    • Cartography

GIS Applications and Uses as A Tool

    • Open GIS vs. Product GIS
    • Geospatial analysis
    • GPS
    • Programming vs. scripting

Aerial Imagery and Remote Sensing

    • Definition and concepts
    • Aerial imagery as a base and analysis map
    • LiDAR applications
    • Google Maps
    • Georeferencing
    • Conversions

Desktop vs. Web vs. Mobile and Other Platforms

    • Desktop software
    • 3rd party vendors
    • ESRI AGOL & Portal environments
    • Web app builder, dashboards, analytics, story maps

GIS in the Electric Utility Industry

    • Networks and tracing
    • OMS
    • Data integration and modeling

Data Entry, Integration, Collection, Quality, and Maintenance

    • Asset management
    • Fleet management
    • Field inventory
    • OMS
    • SCADA
    • Customer care
    • AMI

Data Standardization, Sharing, and Security

    • Metadata
    • Data classification
    • Data models
    • Data and network security

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing 

Enterprise Deployments and Implementations

    • RDMS
    • Cost
    • Staff structure
    • Internal vs. consultant implementations
    • Environments (production vs. testing vs. development vs. replication/disaster recovery)
    • Investor Owned Utilities vs. Coops vs. Municipalities
    • System migrations
    • User training and customer engagement
    • GIS system administration

Future Trends

    • UAV
    • Open GIS
    • Utility network
    • Mobile GIS
    • The internet of things
    • Crowd sourcing and online resources
    • GeoEvents
    • AMI


Diego Portillo, GISP | GIS, Denver Water

Diego Portillo is a GIS professional with over 20 years of experience in the geospatial field related to different industries—from community development, to planning, consulting, water and electric utilities. His background includes data entry to data management, project management, and implementation. His accomplishments have been recognized by several industries, including the Special Achievement in GIS at the ESRI International Conference in 2006 for his GIS Enterprise Implementation at United Power (Brighton, CO).


Sheraton Gunter Hotel

205 East Houston St

San Antonio, TX 78205

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Nights of April 5 – 6, 2020

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$199.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to March 5, 2020.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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