At its core, good technology is about the exchange and consumption of data. For instance, GIS (geographic information systems) are helping more and more construction companies mind their collective surroundings. Helping collect, manage, and analyze geographic data, GIS can help in more ways than you may realize.

Recently, Horizon Utilities, www.horizonutilities.com, Hamilton, Ont., opted to implement the InService and G/Technology lines of GIS products from Intergraph SG&I (security, government and infrastructure), www.intergraph.com, Huntsville, Ala. The company hopes to improve its trouble analysis capabilities, as well as its mobile workforce.

With InService’s single application environment, Intergraph hopes to use GIS technology to manage power outages, troubleshoot, and handle switching operations. InService also supports mobile workforce management features, such as dispatch and mobile computing solutions, which eliminate the need for multiple systems and access points. At the same time, Intergraph’s G/Technology reduces the cost of designing, operating and maintaining utility and communications assets that serve customers.

According to Rob Patten, vice president of Intergraph SG&I (security, government, and infrastructure) in Canada, fully integrated IT systems for utilities can reduce a company’s costs by allowing easy information exchange and access to important data in the field. They also increase workflow efficiency and enable quick responses to customer demands.

Meanwhile, AECOM, www.aecom.com, Los Angeles, Calif., has renewed its license agreement with geospatial tech provider, Esri, www.esri.com, Redlands, Calif. Under this agreement, Esri will continue to aid AECOM in managing Big Data, apply location analytics, integrate information, and communicate results in multilayered maps.

John Kizior, AECOM’s director of project technologies, notes the company’s use of geospatial technologies is a growing aspect of its operations in North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, India, and Latin America. This shows definite need for the technology to be adaptable to job conditions around the globe.

In the modern era, data and information is circulating faster, and in larger quantities than ever. With GIS technology, companies can process, manage, and act on relevant data in a timely manner, and improve their overall efficiency.