Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fundamentals for Utilities
September 22-23, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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This course introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts and related tools used by different industries as part of their business models and workflows. It will show you how to modify and implement other industries applications to the electric utility, as well as 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 professional 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 it. GIS is becoming a well-known technology that is used every day utilized by all types of organizations all over the world. It’s 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. By the end of this course, attendees will firmly understand just how crucial GIS is to their organization and be able to confidently take part in any future GIS-related discussions.  

Learning Outcomes  

  • Familiarize yourself 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
  • Identify new technologies
  • Compare the positive and negative factors
  • Recognize GIS industries and its applications to the electric utility
  • Evaluate data integration and security
  • Interpret data collection and management
  • Consider data sources and types
  • Explore what resources you have available
  • 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. 


Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break


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

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Central time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In 

9:00 – 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, Public Works GIS Manager, City of Vancouver, WA

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).

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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