Integrated Information Systems for Utilities

by Brian W. Mar, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 2, Pg. 123-130

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Integrated information systems (IIS) are sought by many utility planning groups since they promise a single source of information for utility planning and operation. A search of the literature concerning these systems yielded 150 publications in the last seven years. None of these reported a successful IIS, and most attempts encountered the same pitfalls. Two major pitfalls are the scarcity of functioning automated information systems in a region to be integrated and the focus on the construction of the IIS rather than on the ultimate client demands for such systems. Unless almost infinite funds are available, IIS must evolve by first developing automated data systems to support routine operation for each utility, since these can be cost effective and will support an IIS with minimal added cost. The other feasible evolution of an IIS is to automate the information currently being used in decision making and slowly increase this base as funds are available.

Subject Headings: Information systems | Automation | Integrated systems | Publications | Professional societies | Construction management | Client relationships |

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