Apr 02, 2008

Gainesville Regional Utilities Earns GITA Excellence Award

Utility recognized for application of geospatial technology

Gainesville Regional Utilities of Gainesville, Fla., took home the 2008 GITA Excellence Award at the Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference, held March 9 to 12 in Seattle. The award, given by the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA), recognizes dedication, insight and a high degree of initiative in the outstanding application of geospatial technology. The utility's award-winning enterprise is built and maintained using geographic information system (GIS) technology from worldwide GIS software leader ESRI as well as ESRI business partners.

"ESRI technology gives us the advantage of spatial perspective," said Kevin Brown, a GIS project manager for Gainesville Regional Utilities. "We can start with a location and then aggregate business data from corporate systems such as billed consumption, load capacity and growth trends that combine census data with historical and projected growth."

"ArcGIS Desktop provides a platform of spatial information to serve nearly all major elements of the utility business," said Bill Meehan, director of utility solutions at ESRI. "It is a delight when a utility such as Gainesville reaps the benefits of the successful application of the geographic approach."