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Electrification with GIS data

Conference: African Utility Week
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Adri de la Rey
Abstract: Presented by Adri de la Rey at African Utility Week

The purpose of the discussion is to share with the audience the creation of a dedicated remote sensing data set, (SBC) SPOT BUILDING COUNT, to enhance the master planning process for the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP) and Electricity master planning.

The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) is the custodian of the electrification process and the various distributors are the executioners. The Distributors are the Metros, Licensed Municipalities and Eskom through its Distribution Division.

DME allocates funding to the distributors based on various criteria; one of these criterions is the electricity backlog or people that don’t have electricity for lighting in a specific local authority area e.g. local municipality and or a metro.

The demographic data sets from Statistic South Africa are used to determine the backlog, but the data is only reliable up to local municipalities, district municipalities and provinces level. However, the lower classifications, place names and sub places don’t have enough detailed geographical data to pin point the specific areas that should be electrified.

ESI-GIS have been tasked to provide the whole of Eskom with up to date and applicable Geographical Information data sets. As part of the service a decision was made to use satellite imagery to determine the geographical position of physical structures, and to maintain and enhance these data points.

This document holds a discussion on the development and the perceived benefits of the Eskom Spot5 Building Count (SBC) data sets and the possible future developments of the data sets with regards to providing the physical infrastructure services for the development of rural and less developed areas.