Assessing Critical Energy Infrastructure Using Geo-Spatial Technologies




Leipnik, Mark

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Institute for Homeland Security


This paper discusses the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in mapping and analysis of incidents related to security and integrity of critical energy infrastructure. It includes a discussion of what GIS and related geospatial technologies involve; sources of energy infrastructure related geo-spatial data. As the leading energy producing state, Texas has a major economic reliance on the energy sector and the energy sector uses GIS and related technologies. The energy sector uses GIS extensively for its ongoing needs, but it also faces a range of threats such as floods, winter storms, cyber-attacks, sabotage, vandalism, and physical attacks that can be mapped and analyzed with GIS. This paper shows the use of GIS to map examples of all these threats and analyzes their spatial distribution throughout the United States, but with a central focus on Texas.



GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Energy Infrastructure, Electrical Grid Reliability, Fuel Pipelines, Physical Attacks, Cyber-attacks, Winter Storm Uri


Leipnik, M.R. (2023) Assessing and Bolstering Critical Energy Infrastructure Security Using GeoSpatial Technologies. (Report No. IHS/CR-2023-1031). The Sam Houston State University Institute for Homeland Security.