Dennis Beck, MSE, PE
Abstract: Both CAD and GIS are critical to supporting design, and are becoming more and more important with the increased need for better designs and more efficient workflows. This is particularly notable for utility organizations that need to support areas ranging from planning, operations and asset management.
This presentation looks at the utility design process and the integration points between GIS and CAD. Use cases that support different design workflows will be examined. The presentation will also look at how utility design is changing based the demand for designing dynamic networks, as required to support distributed energy resources, microgrids and sensor-based data sources.
Bio: Dennis Beck is President and CEO of Spatial Business Systems, Inc, a premier provider of integrated CAD and GIS solutions for utility, telecommunications and government organizations. He is responsible for overall company operations, corporate business development activities and executive consulting in the advanced use of integrated geospatial and CAD technologies. Prior to forming Spatial Business Systems Mr. Beck was the Vice President of Global Business Development for GE Network Solutions. In this role Mr. Beck was responsible for managing acquisition activity and expanding the use of spatial technologies to government and transportation markets. Mr. Beck also oversaw the technical delivery of geospatial technologies to customers in the utility and telecommunications market segments.
Prior to his role at GE and Smallworld Systems, Mr. Beck was the product manager for IBM’s GFIS suite of geospatial products. Mr. Beck has a BS in Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas. Mr. Beck is also a member of the Oracle Spatial Group Board of Directors.
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