Traditionally, Electric Utilities industry implementation of a Geographical Information System (GIS) focused on automated mapping, facilities management and map creation. However, with the advancements of communication technologies the new trends suggest that a GIS is more than a mapping application but a foundation for the implementation of an outage management system (OMS). The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) in an effort to continually improve our customer service has implemented an E-GIS with the aim of, inter-alia, developing and establishing an OMS to be used in a Distribution Operation Centre. The E-GIS facilitates the provision and sharing of an accurate and consistent representation of the electric grid using a spatial database. The integration of this GIS database with the other enterprise wide applications are the core systems required to support the Operations of the Centre. Some of the fundamental applications being integrated include the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Distribution Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (DSCADA) and the Customer Information System (CIS). This presentation examines the Enterprise GIS solution employed at the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC). It will discuss the fundamental roll of a GIS in the establishment of an outage management center and will take a closer look at the challenges and successes during its implementation.
Mr. Farrell Christopher is currently responsible for the management of geospatial services within the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission. He maintains the electrical geometric network and ensures integration of the Geographical Information System (GIS) with other enterprise applications. In addition to this function, he has responsibility for maintaining the GIS database, performing programming customization to the ArcGIS environment and the building of web mapping applications for easy GIS access to all users.Mr. Christopher also lectures in the field of GIS programming and crime mapping at the undergraduate level in both the Environmental Studies and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department at the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science and Management and a M.Sc. Degree in Geoinformatics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.