The attributes of physical objects in the real world are commonly noted on paper maps or in electronic files, but these are frequently of limited use in the field. Why do we not simply encode key information onto the actual objects, themselves? For example, in Akron, Ohio the domes of fire hydrants are color-coded to denote their water pressure. Though we need to put all this information into databases, can we not also put it right exactly where it's needed?
The 2009 ESRI Electric and Gas User Group Conference will take place October 11-14 in Atlanta, Georgia. Share your GIS knowledge and experience with your peers in the utility industry by presenting a session at the conference. The deadline for abstract submissions is July 31st. For more information visit the event site.