A GIS database that is effectively supporting your operations will:
- Provide accurate location data
- Match existing reports with traceable, verifiable, and complete data
- Align linear referencing with the geometry of the pipe
- Deliver trustworthy GIS data supportable by field operations
- Allow easy updates on inspections, reports, pipe changeouts, reroutes, and survey data
Pipeline operations rely on vast amounts of geographical information data that needs to be validated, maintained, and reported to ensure accuracy, compliance with ever-changing regulations, and compatibility with different systems and technology platforms.
The data migration process kicks off with a series of workshops to define the new system in terms of data flow and management, data model definition, and business processes. In many cases, implementing a new system calls for creation of a new database system and/or integration with existing data stores, systems, and processes. G2-IS staff has the expertise to integrate external software such as asset and maintenance management systems (i.e., MAXIMO and SAP), document management systems (i.e., Documentum and FileNet), and electronic forms systems (i.e., ArcGIS Survey 123 and Collector) with the new GIS database. Additionally, gaps in data, processes, and application functionality are identified and prioritized, along with the business functions and work processes that can most readily benefit by the application of GIS technology.
Once a data migration plan is in place, G2-IS’ experts fully script and automate the data migration process, so that it is completely reproducible, auditable and may be executed at will over multiple environments such as Development, Testing, and Production. In addition to data migration scripts, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) is a key component of every data migration plan. QA/QC tools are developed as needed, and the scripts and tools are then tested in a pilot conversion prior to embarking on production data conversion.
After the pilot is approved, the data migration process is rolled out. Data acceptance testing begins and training is offered to end-users.
Each new GIS database implementation is tailored to the client’s operational, engineering, and compliance needs as the system of record for unregulated and regulated gathering and transmission lines, to include:
- Regulatory reporting: Generate reports for PHMSA, state, and local regulators, directly from the GIS geodatabase.
- Risk input: Connect a risk engine directly to the GIS geodatabase to access pipe inputs and run risk algorithms.
- Field data collection: Integrate field data collection apps directly with the GIS geodatabase for real-time data synchronization.
- Operations dashboard: After initial publishing of the GIS enterprise geodatabase, ArcGIS dashboards will automatically update each time new data is entered in the GIS database.
- Class Location/HCA for gas & liquids: Maintain all liquids/gas input variables in the GIS database. Upload high consequence area (HCA) results back to the GIS geodatabase where they are used as input for a variety of other platforms to consume as part of associated processes.