Energy & Utilities
With rapid urbanisation and increasing population, utilities have become one of the most promising markets in the Middle East. Using geospatial technology in utilities is a prerequisite for quite some time now. Planning for expansion must follow development in the field where new consumption is likely to take place, which gives rise to the need for proper knowledge of demography, urban plan elements, development of industry and other essential facts. GIS is the tool that can lend a fine balance between needs and expected return on investment. Design is expected to follow the approved plans, while at the same time meet the needs of as-built network database records and GIS becomes vital in such a scenario.
Though utilities have traditionally used desktop mapping, they now recognise the emerging need to consolidate disparate databases scattered throughout the organisation, to integrate with other systems like ERP and SCADA and make GIS a mainstream and mission critical technology. The session on Energy and Utilities will showcase how geospatial technology can act as a vital tool to solve various problems being faced by the utilities industry and thus help them improve their functioning.