Selected from a world-wide field of over 100,000 organisations, leading Australian energy infrastructure business APA Group has today been awarded a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award – for their revolutionary use of location analytics – from US based spatial technology giant Esri, at the company’s global user conference in San Diego, California.
Redefining industry standards in a radical digital overhaul of its entire network, APA now seamlessly combines data from multiple stand-alone systems into one intelligent and collaborative platform to manage more than $20 billion of Australia’s energy resources assets, including more than 15,000km of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines, gas processing facilities, power generation and renewable energy assets.
APA Group’s General Manager for Infrastructure Planning and Protection, Paul Maloney, explains that deploying GIS infrastructure through the veins of the organisation has brought a new industry standard for operational innovation not only to APA, but to the broader energy infrastructure industry.
“GIS technology hasn’t just enabled a smooth digital transformation, it’s triggered a gear shift that has propelled us into a whole new level of organisation-wide operational efficiency,” he said.
Mr Maloney said for APA, the Geographic Information System platform and applications has facilitated rapid and vast improvement, moving once siloed applications to streamlined processing and has linked people to key spatially referenced data – the end result is stronger, evidence-based decisions across the board.
Esri Australia’s national utility lead Doug van Gelder said behind the aging legacy systems powering many of this country’s utilities is a tsunami of inefficiency and operational cost.
“APA Group has shown both incredible foresight to future-proof their operation by geo-enabling their entire network, and, tremendous leadership by creating a model for digital transformation that other energy infrastructure businesses and utilities can leverage,” he said.
It is the second time in as many years an Australian based utility has taken out the prestigious global innovation award; with Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation previously recognised for their work in water conservation that has already saved over a billion litres of water for Darwin.
The award cements APA Group’s place as not only one of the most progressive and entrepreneurial utilities in Australia but the world moreover.
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