Australian utility company bags Esri innovation award

By on 17 July, 2019

Esri has awarded APA group a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award – for their ingenious use of location analytics, at the recent Esri user conference in San Diego, California.

Esri has awarded APA group a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award – for their ingenious use of location analytics, at Esri UC in San Diego, California.

The Australian utility company was chosen from over 100,000 organisations worldwide, and was recognised for its full-scale digital restructure, which combines data from multiple standalone systems into one platform, now managing more than $20 billion of Australia’s energy resources assets.

It is the second time an Australian utility has won the prestigious worldwide innovation prize in as many years; with Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation earlier recognised for their efforts in water conservation, which have saved Darwin over a billion litres of water since implementation.

Esri Australia’s national utility lead Doug van Gelder said behind the aging legacy systems powering many of this country’s utilities is a tsunami of inefficiency and operational cost.

“APA Group has shown both incredible foresight to future-proof their operation by geo-enabling their entire network, and, tremendous leadership by creating a model for digital transformation that other energy infrastructure businesses and utilities can leverage,” he said.

According to APA Group’s General Manager for Infrastructure Planning and Protection, Paul Maloney, the deployment of GIS infrastructure in the company has established a fresh industry standard for operational development not only to APA but also to the wider energy infrastructure sector.

“GIS technology hasn’t just enabled a smooth digital transformation, it’s triggered a gear shift that has propelled us into a whole new level of organisation-wide operational efficiency,” he said.

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