Whether it’s ROAMES, Smallworld or the latest ESRI ArcGIS platform – our network planners now have access to some of the most sophisticated technology available, and it’s caught the eye of the founding father of the digital geographic movement.

Engineers from Energy Queensland recently attended a Geographic Information System (GIS) conference where they met one of the pioneers of the industry ESRI Founder and President Jack Dangermond.

“Jack is considered by US President Barack Obama as one of the biggest change advocates of the digital age. Bill Gates describes him as “one of a kind” and attributes him to the rise of modern mapping,” System and Strategy Manager Thorsten Hohenstrater said.

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During Jack’s presentation both Ergon and Energex were praised for leading the way in how they were using the ESRI platform. Ergon also attended the “Workforce for ArcGIS” workshop to gain a deeper understanding of the value of the popular mobile platform apps; Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123.

Both Ergon and Energex have already trialed the ESRI mobile platform successfully. Now workforce application will enable Ergon to dispatch work in a “agile” way.

ESRI provides sophisticated technology to display accurate and timely asset information on maps and detect emerging patterns and trends to changing conditions.

Most significantly, the technology will allow a faster response to disaster events, as trialled during Cyclone Marcia in 2015, with real-time decision-making tools and analysis.