Updated: Apr 23, 2019
If you have been following along, the last time we spoke was about seeing the light at the increasingly dark tunnel named pipeline regulations. We realized that two of the biggest hurdles in the way companies manage regulations placed on the pipeline industry include time and resources. While organizations as a whole cannot normally sway the rules on which they operate, they can better manage these aspects of their companies and their workflows. “How?”, you might ask. Well, let’s just say Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has come a long way.
Because our company is made up of individuals from many different backgrounds and we have worked with some of the best and brightest companies in the Natural Resources “biz”, we have had the chance to hear many a success story – as well as see quite a few of them for ourselves! One of these successes includes better administering Integrity Management Programs with the power of GIS.
A Faster Approach to the Dig Program
Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) has many moving parts. From preparing integrity dig programs to bringing in land owner information to reducing environmental impact…it is a time-consuming and exhaustive process that must be regularly audited to ensure each component still works in the overall scheme of things.
While implementing GIS into the thick of things can help establish repeatable workflows, it also allows you to quickly accomplish tasks that would have otherwise kept your team busy for much longer. For example, sussing out anomalies can quickly become a hassle. By including pipeline centerline and ILI data in the same map, you are better able to see the exact location of anomalies.
Adding landowner information atop this introduces yet another layer of knowledge. By overlaying these details atop pipeline data, your team can determine those landowners who need to be contacted in order for you to gain access to the area. As this progresses, you can even include attributes for those landowners who have been reached out to, those who have not, and those who have not yet responded to keep an eye on this side of your integrity management.