October 13, 2011

Ausgrid mashup – build on it!

Posted by josediacono @ 10:55 am under Uncategorized

St ives residents are heavy electricity users, especially in winter

Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia – one of the two electricity suppliers in Sydney) first released some of their usage data at the apps4nsw hackfest. It was very interesting to see the differences of up to 30% in average electricity between suburbs (St Ives is the highest). Now Ausgrid have launched their own mashup which shows not only electricity use but also the works they have completed in your suburb (repairs, new substations, streetlights) and how much solar energy is being fed back into the grid.

As an enhancement I’d like to be able to see easy comparisions between suburbs. Currently you just have to click and then remember the stats before you click on another suburb to compare. But we don’t have to wait for Ausgrid to do this. All the raw data is available.  Ausgrid say on their website “We’re working to share more information to help educate, inform and support the community. In particular, this information may be of interest to researchers or developers who want to create applications for the web or smart phones”.

Imagine if AGL published the gas consumption and Integral Energy (who serve the West of Sydney) published theirs, we could have a full picture for the whole of Sydney.What a powerful mashup that would be.

Also electricity is only part of the equation, could gas be added? Perhaps they don’t have gas in St Ives.

Here is another electricity mashup – this time street lights from ETSA in South Australia


September 1, 2010

Irrigation myths busted at GITA conference

Posted by josediacono @ 9:35 am under Uncategorized

I have covered a couple of conferences recently for Asian Survey and Mapping e-zine, most recently GITA in Brisbane.

Irrigation Myths Busted


I’ll be writing about the CRC and some new products in coming editions.   There were some inspiring presentations on business and strategic directions at GITA. Terrey Effeney from Energex about the challenges of how to make an electricity grid built for the 20th century handle our 21st century lifestyle of airconditioners,Wii, solar panels feeding into the grid and electric cars.  Also Peter Woodgate of the CRC gave a very encouraging picture of how the CRC will take spatial to industries like health and energy and how to achieve James Bangay’s vision of a SimCity-like model of the electricity network.

July 16, 2010

Mashups at Energy Australia

Posted by josediacono @ 12:33 pm under Uncategorized

Outage Mashup of customer data, network and Google map

Sydney electricity supplier, Energy Australia is using Mashups  for media communications, senior management briefings and engineering collaboration. They are bringing GIS  into the limelight by delivering information in a quick and user friendly way.  Craig Hersant and Daniel Hansen are speaking at the GITA conference in their paper “Using GIS to accelerate business performance” and Daniel will lead a session in the Mashups workshop to show how it is done. More

They paint a picture on a Google canvas  of an outage situation, a proposed network change or critical infrastructure. It is combined with output from GIS, customer service and outage management systems. The possibilities are endless.

Staff walk senior management through a scenario using the familiar backdrop of a Google map, switching easily into Google Earth 3D imagery or Streetview to clarify a question.

October 27, 2009

spatial in smartgrids

Posted by josediacono @ 1:40 pm under Uncategorized

Given the important of location inforamtion in electricity distribution this Smart Grids project would be a an opportunity to collaborate with wider technologies.

This is from an AIIA (Australian information industry association represents 450 ITC companies from the biggest to sole trader consultants)

“The Government’s Budget announcement to provide up to $100 million in partnership with industry to develop commercial scale smart grid demonstrations has been implemented via Draft Guidelines for the Application by consortia to design and build the grid project. AIIA recently participated in an industry consultation with DEWHA and the energy sector to review the draft Guidelines and discuss some of the major requirements for the project.

The lead proponent for any project consortium must be an electricity distribution company; there are, however, opportunities for ICT organisations to work in crucial roles within a consortium on this important project. Interested members should contact Loretta Johnson <mailto:l.johnson@aiia.com.au> for further information”.