Conducting a GIS Data Refresh–The Foundation of Your Smart Grid Program

After worldwide spending on Smart Grid initiatives in 2008 exceeded $12 billion—a
total expected to surpass $33 billion within the next five years—utilities are
intensely focused on maximizing their Smart Grid investments. To that end, companies
are reviewing the state of their existing infrastructure systems.

To successfully meet the future business expectations of Smart Grid, the availability
of complete and accurate grid data is essential. Therefore, the Geographic Information
System (GIS) is a critical component.