GIS and Situational Awareness

Geographic Information Systems and Spatial-Based Asset and
Outage Analytics for Electric Utilities: Market Issues, Technology Trends, and Global Market Forecasts

The use of geographic information systems (GISs) has become fundamental to today’s power utility as a foundational model for an array of IT systems. A GIS can enhance the value and output from customer information, meter data management, mobile workforce management, outage management, distribution management, and asset management systems, as well as analytics applications. As such, the penetration of the GIS as a system of record is widespread, particularly in North America and Europe.

The use of spatial data has expanded to include advanced technologies such as application-based software, cloud computing, drones, mobile GISs, remote sensing, spatial analytics, and WebGIS. These new GIS-based technologies are supporting real-time situational awareness and anticipation of, and response to, events that might disrupt the performance of the power grid. The next evolution in the increasingly geocentric utility will come from the use of spatial-based analytics as utilities are forced to lower costs and improve operational efficiencies. Asset and outage analytics are particularly spatial in nature and will contribute to the continued advancement of data collection and management practices. According to Navigant Research, the global market for core GISs and related asset/outage analytics is expected to grow from nearly $1.6 billion in 2016 to over $3.2 billion by 2025.

This report analyzes the global market for core GISs and related asset/outage analytics. The study covers the evolution of geospatial solutions and isolates emerging technologies, delving into market trends, drivers, and challenges faced by participants. Global market forecasts for core GIS software, implementation and upgrade services, maintenance, and cloud-based revenue extend through 2025. In addition, Navigant Research provides forecasts of revenue for spatial-based analytics for both asset and outage analytics. The report also examines the key technologies related to core GISs and related asset/outage analytics, as well as the competitive landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What are the primary applications of utility geographic information systems (GISs) and related geospatial solutions?
  • How has the use of geospatial solutions among electric utilities evolved beyond traditional editing and mapping software?
  • What new and emerging geospatial technologies are being explored by electric utilities?
  • What factors are helping to drive the market for utility GISs and geospatial solutions?
  • What factors are inhibiting the market potential of utility GISs and geospatial solutions?
  • What are the regional market sizes for core GISs and spatial-based asset and outage analytics?
Who needs this report?
  • Geographic information system (GIS) software vendors
  • Geospatial software and hardware vendors
  • Systems integrators
  • Managed system providers
  • Utilities
  • Industry associations
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  Introduction

1.2  Market Drivers and Challenges

1.3  Market Forecast

2. Market and Technology Issues

2.1  Overview of GIS Technologies

2.1.1  Foundational GIS Components

2.1.2  GIS Standards

2.2  Geospatial Utility Applications

2.2.1  Asset Management

2.2.2  Mobile Workforce Management

2.2.3  Outage Management

2.2.4  (Advanced) Distribution Management Systems

2.2.5  3D Modeling and Analysis

2.3  Grid Modernization Driving GIS Evolution

2.3.1  Business Process Applications

2.3.2  Integration Software

2.3.3  Spatial Analytics

2.3.4  Mobile GIS

2.4  GIS and Situational Awareness Market Drivers

2.4.1  Systems Integration with GIS Becoming the New Normal

2.4.2  Improving Data Integrity and Accessibility Is Leading to New Users and Applications

2.4.2.1  Data Quality

2.4.2.2  Data Accessibility

2.4.3  A Complex Operating Environment Requires Advanced GIS Capabilities

2.4.3.1  Connectivity Models

2.5  Market Challenges

2.5.1  Poor Data Quality Continues to Plague Utility Operations

2.5.2  Integration Challenges Still Prove Too Difficult for Some Utilities

2.5.3  Skills Shortage Is Putting Pressure on Utilities to Maintain Knowledge Infrastructure

2.5.4  Implementation Costs Remain a Common Concern

2.5.5  Market Saturation Is Forcing Product Differentiation

2.6  Technology Trends for GIS

2.6.1  Data Collection: Remote Sensing

2.6.1.1  Drones

2.6.1.2  Lidar

2.6.2  Data Management: Cloud Computing and WebGIS

2.6.3  Analysis: Spatial Analytics

2.6.3.1  Emerging Spatial Analytics Applications

2.7  Regulatory Forces

2.7.1  Proactive Policies

2.7.2  Restrictive Policies

3. Key Industry Players

3.1  Overview

3.1.1  Bit Stew Systems

3.1.2  Esri

3.1.3  Futura Systems, Inc.

3.1.4  GE

3.1.5  Google

3.1.6  Hexagon Geospatial

3.1.7  Itron

3.1.8  NM Group

3.1.9  Oracle

3.1.10  Quantum Spatial

3.1.11  SAP

3.1.12  Schneider Electric

3.1.13  Space-Time Insight

3.1.14  Trimble

3.1.15  Ubisense

4. Market Forecasts

4.1  Introduction

4.2  Forecast Methodology

4.2.1  Core GIS Solutions

4.2.2  Spatial Analytics Solutions

4.3  North America

4.4  Europe

4.5  Asia Pacific

4.6  Latin America

4.7  Middle East & Africa

4.8  Conclusions and Recommendations

5. Acronym and Abbreviation List
6. Table of Contents
7. Table of Charts and Figures
8. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Region, Spatial Asset Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Asset Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Region, Spatial Outage Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Outage Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025

List of Tables

  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Combined Core GIS and Spatial-Based Asset and Outage Analytics Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Software Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Implementation Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Maintenance Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Cloud Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Core GIS Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Region, Spatial Asset Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Asset Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Asset Analytics, North America: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Asset Analytics, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Asset Analytics, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Asset Analytics, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Asset Analytics, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Meter Penetration by Region, Spatial Asset Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Region, Spatial Outage Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Outage Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Outage Analytics, North America: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Outage Analytics, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Outage Analytics, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Outage Analytics, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Revenue by Segment, Spatial Outage Analytics, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Utility Analytics Meter Penetration, Spatial Outage Analytics, World Markets: 2016-2025

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