Town Of Benson Digitally Mapping Electric System

Benson Mapping 2The Town of Benson was recently awarded a $4,000 DEED internship grant from the American Public Power Association. North Carolina State University student Greg Flinn was selected to digitally map the Town’s electric system assets including poles, transformers and lines.  He is scheduled to complete the project by December.

Mr. Flinn currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Supply Chain Management and a minor in International Studies. He is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (MGIST) at NCSU in Raleigh.

For the past three weeks, Mr. Flinn has used a GPS device to locate electric poles and transformers. To maximize his time, he utilized a golf cart to get from point to point. Victory Lane Golf Carts of Godwin provided a golf cart at no cost for the project’s field work.

Born in Falkirk, Scotland, Mr. Flinn has lived stateside in New Jersey and North Carolina. He personally enjoys golf, soccer and travel. His future plans include practical research and application of the rapidly expanding world of geospatial science.

The Town of Benson thanked the APPA, NCSU and ElectriCities of North Carolina for assisting in the project. Each and every electric customer in Benson will benefit from the data being collected, officials said.