GIS Team Brings Home International Award

Friday, July 26, 2013 12:05:00 PM

For the second time this year, Greenville Utilities received an award for innovative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, this time on an international level. Their recent recognition was the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award, which honors organizations around the world using geography to drive change. A GUC team accepted the award at the Esri International User Conference recently held in San Diego, California. The SAG Award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of Esri's GIS technology. Earlier this year, GUC received a state award that honors exemplary use of GIS by a local government. 

Greenville Utilities was recognized for using Esri ArcGIS technology to develop a mobile GIS system. One example of mobile GIS is the ability for staff to make instantaneous changes to electronic maps while out in the field, using customized applications on mobile devices like iPads. “The use of this technology allows us to provide superior customer service,” said Todd Rouse, Chief Operating Officer. 

Organizations honored at the conference include industries such as agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications and utilities. 

"The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for both solving their communities’ greatest challenges and for their invaluable contributions to the continued evolution of geographic science.” 

For more information about the 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit

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