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Is there an ideal industry standard spatial data model for an electrical utility company (and which utilities use it) that has a mix of linear & point assets or is it better to develop a custom model?

What are the pros and cons for adopting an industry standard model in this area?

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  • What type of utilities are we talking about here. Water, WW, Storm Water, Electrical, etc.. each has a different standard. – ed.hank Apr 8 '16 at 15:13
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    If using ESRI software, and want a good place to start, whether you want to develop your own or use an existing model, ESRI provides data models for utility and pipeline, water, stormwater, and electric. – Barbarossa Apr 8 '16 at 15:22
  • Electrical utilities. – Trevor.Dinan Apr 8 '16 at 15:23
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Esri have several pages specific to electricity industry:

Esri - Electric
Energy Utilities (includes ArcGIS MultiSpeak) Data Model (PDF)
ArcGIS for Electric and Gas

Some of the downloads on those pages may also include a pre-built geodatabase using an electric data-model that can be used to create your own. We used their water-network model to create ours and it has worked out well, plus there are many tools and apps (also mentioned in those links) that can connect into that model.

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