T h i n k S p a t i a l

The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Paul Wilson

General Electric Digital Energy, Retired

Keeping the Lights On: Geospatial Technology and the Electric Grid

Phelps Hall 3512
12:00 p.m. Tuesday, 22 April 2014

AbstractThe electric grid is inherently spatial in nature, and geospatial technologies—from paper maps to GIS—have always been essential tools for the utilities that build and operate it. After remaining relatively unchanged for a century, however, the grid is undergoing a major transformation as renewable sources of energy, electric vehicles, and advanced control systems enter the mix. This move to Smart Grid will pose major challenges for current GIS architecture, as the need for high performance confronts growing data volumes and increased complexity of data models.

Paul Wilson has worked with geospatial technology for over forty years, first as an urban planner and then as founder of two software companies. With the Association of Bay Area Governments in the 1970s, he helped build one of the first large regional mapping systems (BASIS). He started Geogroup, one of the pioneers of desktop GIS, in 1980, and MapFrame, which focused on mobile applications for utilities, in 1991. MapFrame was acquired by General Electric in 2008. Paul served as Market Segment Leader in GE’s Digital Energy business until late 2012.

The objectives of the ThinkSpatial brown-bag presentations are to exchange ideas about spatial perspectives in research and teaching, to broaden communication and cooperation across disciplines among faculty and graduate students, and to encourage the sharing of tools and concepts.
Please contact Andrea Ballatore (893-5267, aballatore@spatial.ucsb.edu) to review and schedule possible discussion topics or presentations that share your disciplinary interest in spatial thinking.