Next-Generation Geographic Information Systems to Support Smarter Grid Applications
20-22 November 2018 | Amsterdam, Netherlands

The venue is currently being finalised. Please check back in September 2018 for details of the conference venue and how you can book your bedroom at the preferential rate.

Welcome to GIS4SmartGrid 2018

This end-user-driven, implementation-focused forum draws together 120+ GIS implementation leaders and system specialists from across the European power grid sector.

This conference is being launched at a pivotal time for electrical network operators, with advancements in GIS systems forming a key part of utilities’ evolving smart-grid development. Over three days, 16+ TSOs and DSOs will share case studies exploring how they are implementing next-generation GIS solutions, integrating them with their other IT and OT systems, and providing new functionalities and support for a wide range of end users throughout their organisations. Conference themes include: improving the quality and completeness of GIS data; creating bespoke solutions that meet the needs of multiple end users; generating insightful and accessible reports and visualisations; and extending GIS support across desktop, web, and mobile applications.

The conference concludes with a two-hour tutorial on the potential of open-source GIS tools for network operators. The case-study agenda is complemented by a technology-innovation panel, a series of end-user round table discussions, a live demo lab of cutting-edge GIS technologies, an exhibition of the latest products, and an evening networking reception open to all attendees.

This programme is currently being finalised, please see below the draft agenda and check back in September 2018 for the full programme and speaker line-up

CONFERENCE DAY ONETuesday 20 November 2018
Topic 1 GIS Roadmap for Smart Grid – understanding how the smart grid is developing and identifying its implications for utilities’ GIS functional requirements
Topic 2Implementing Next-Generation GIS – integrating robust and flexible advanced GIS systems to provide a full suite of functionalities and meet the demands of a diverse range of end users
Topic 3Panel: Putting GIS at the Heart of the Smart Grid – establishing frameworks to enable collaboration between GIS teams and the wider organisation to facilitate operational transformation
Topic 4GIS Data Quality & Completeness – improving processes for collecting high quality data from engineering work in the field and inputting information about the physical world into the GIS
Topic 5GIS System Integration – connecting multiple systems with diverse data models to allow broader combinations of data and deepen network insights
Topic 6NIS System Implementation – utilising a comprehensive network model to support a more holistic view of grid behaviour and operations
Topic 7Leveraging CIM – identifying the critical point at which implementing CIM will deliver real value in sharing data across internal systems and with external market participants
Topic 8 Roundtable Discussions – during this session the audience breaks out into several small working groups, each focused on specific themes that arose during the day’s presentations. Each working group will comprise of representatives of the entire utility GIS community to ensure a well-rounded and holistic discussion. Key issues raised, and solutions proposed will be collated for presentation to the wider group at the end of the session.
Topic 9Networking Reception – time to relax and unwind after an intensive day of presentations and discussions! All participants are invited to join this networking reception where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of colleagues from across the utility GIS community.
CONFERENCE DAY TWOWednesday 21 November 2018
Topic 10Developing New Functionality – exploiting a combination of in-built tools, vendor-supported applications, and self-configured modules to deliver a fully customised GIS
Topic 11GIS Visualisation Tools – creating user-friendly visualisations and tools for a variety of end users to provide advanced network insights with complete geographic and topological context
Topic 12Technology Innovation Panel – benchmarking utility specific GIS systems and solutions on the market and in development to support the complex needs of the evolving smart grid
Topic 13GIS Reporting – automating the provision of reliable and comprehensive reports on grid status and performance to meet the evolving demands of a variety of stakeholders
Topic 14Self-Service Mapping – simplifying GIS access and building competences for the generation of useful maps to support multiple end users through a variety of applications
Topic 15Low-Voltage Topology and Control – integrating GIS with SCADA systems to develop full grid awareness and automate LV-network control
Topic 16GIS for Network Planning – combining load and consumption data with predictive analytics to support the planning of grid reinforcement, upgrades, and expansion within the GIS system
CONFERENCE DAY THREE Thursday 22 November 2018
Topic 17GIS for New Connections – extracting and combining data from multiple sources including specific geospatial and customer information to automate responses to new-connection requests
Topic 18Vegetation Management – building a centralised data set in covering the entire vegetation management process and making it accessible to all relevant parties within your GIS
Topic 19GIS for Outage Management – analysing real-time and historic, GIS and OMS data to pinpoint network faults, reduce downtime, and predict future incidents
Topic 20GIS for Field Force Management – better overseeing and supporting field forces to optimise deployment and supply tools to help carry out engineering tasks more efficiently
Topic 213D GIS – exploring the next generation of three-dimensional geospatial tools to improve user interface and provide a greater depth of visualisations
Topic 22GIS in the Cloud – comparing the benefits and drawbacks of migrating GIS data and/or software to the cloud and overcoming challenges associated with security and cost
Topic 23Open Source GIS (QGIS) – comparing the open-source QGIS client with ArcGIS and other proprietary applications, considering cost, user support, flexibility, and security