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Boost Your Data

Posted by Jennifer on Sep 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

It takes a lot of work to gather, organize, and manage asset data. Whether the data is old or new, things can get messy quickly. We’ve got some tips on how to make the data management process more efficient through converting data to a common format and centralized location, data cleanup, and making use of views and queries. 

Extreme Makeover: Data Edition

Convert physical records to a digital format

This can be a daunting task, so take a deep breath and make a game plan. Assign as many resources as possible to this task and limit the data being converted to what is really important. Even though it is tempting, you don’t need everything; prioritize and stay focused on the end goal. During the process, be sure to document all actions and QA/QC the converted data in ArcMap.

Get data into a single location

Don’t spend time searching multiple places and files for that one piece of data. Make it easily accessible for everybody by knowing who the stakeholders of the data are, and then find a common reporting or data sharing location. This lessens time-consuming queries on the integrity department and makes for a more optimized workflow.

Handling large data sets

Staring down hundreds of columns and rows of data and not sure where to start? Turn to proven processes from experience within the company, a vendor, or consultant, then determine what data is the most important. Be careful, don’t make any assumptions! Take the time to research, chat with field personnel, and meet with a SME to determine the core, most useful data to users. Once you’ve sorted this out, test with a small group of data to make sure you’re getting what you wanted and it’s meeting the organization’s needs.

Clean Up, Aisle 5

Get rid of the ‘junk’

Believe it or not, more isn’t always better. Take the time to sort through the madness to remove gaps and overlaps, duplicates, centerline corrections and domains. It also helps to consider what is really necessary when it comes to the level of detail and precision for certain data points. Going through these steps can relieve storage issues, lead to better database performance, and elevate the value of reports and analyses.

Create structure

Good data is organized data. It takes a complete system that includes tools, people, and processes to properly manage data. First things first, identify who will be responsible for the data. This can be one person or a committee of people. Next, establish a process for who governs what, how data is being captured into the system, where the data is coming from, and who validates it. With a clear path and organization of files, maintaining and utilizing data will be a breeze.

Views, and Queries, and Derived Layers, Oh My!    

Sometimes people want an answer, and they want it now. Through the use of pre-determined views, queries and derived layers, you can provide that johnny-on-the-spot data and increase your organization’s efficiency.  This can be essential when it comes to emergencies and incidents to get pipeline specs with a single click. Business Development and Integrity groups can utilize these, as well, to see multiple tables of data at once and perform quick assessments and analysis.

In the end everything comes back to data, so having good, clean, accessible data is paramount. Put in the effort and, trust us, it’ll be worth it!

Want to alleviate the pressure of establishing an optimized data platform? Leave it the experts and contact us for all things data management, from modeling to conversion to onsite staffing

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Topics: Data Management, data quality, data cleanup, data conversion

Pipelines on Display: NPMS

Posted by Jennifer on Aug 22, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Whether you’re a pipeline operator, government official, or part of the general  public, it’s important to know where oil and gas pipelines reside, both for the safety of the community at large, and for the safety of your family and loved ones. How are you supposed to find this information? Easy! It’s called the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS).

The NPMS is a “dataset containing locations of and information about gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants which are under the jurisdiction of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)”. The information gathered and made available can be helpful in different ways to pipeline operators, government agencies, and the public.

Let’s take a look at what’s required and how it’s used by these groups.

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Topics: PHMSA, Data Management, NPMS, Pipeline Safety, Pipe Data

2018 Client Conference Recap

Posted by Jennifer on Aug 14, 2018 10:20:48 AM

We’ve wrapped up our 10th Client Conference in our backyard here in Fort Collins, CO.  A huge thank you to all that attended!

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Topics: Pipeline Operator, Integrity Management, Events, Data Management, GIS, Client Conference, Web GIS, technology

Data in Action: Blueprinting the Future

Posted by Jennifer on Jul 27, 2018 4:50:03 PM

Our annual Client Conference is coming up and we are excited to share updates on our software and services, dive into important industry topics, and discuss how to address the future of the industry and ever-expanding technology.

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Topics: Pipeline Operator, Events, Client Conference

Baby You're a Firework

Posted by Jennifer on Jul 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

From our family to yours, have a fun and safe 4th of July celebration!

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Topics: holidays, July 4th, summer

Another Successful Year!

Posted by Jennifer on Jun 4, 2018 11:50:21 AM

We've wrapped up another great Integrity Management & Compliance Symposium down in Galveston, TX.

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Topics: Integrity Management, Events, Integrity Plus, Compliance, Symposium

Looking At 2018

Posted by Jennifer on Jan 17, 2018 1:19:10 PM

We're going into 2018 strong with enhanced product releases, hosted events, and trainings/workshops! Take a look at just a few of the great things we have in store for the year.

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Topics: NCSU, Events, Client Conference, Spatial Risk Analyst, Facility Manager, training, APR, Express Loader, Symposium, Pipeline Institute, Spill Impact Analyst

Missing and Unknown Data in Pipeline Risk Analysis

Posted by Jennifer on Dec 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Risk management is a continuous process and relies on accurate and complete data. However, we all know data is never perfect, so how do we account for missing and uncertain data? Like all good processes there are a few different approaches and steps to take.

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Topics: Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Risk uncertainty, data gaps

Test Your Knowledge

Posted by Jennifer on Nov 30, 2017 8:38:19 AM

We talk a lot about how to gather, record and manage pipeline and facilities data; but what about the products being transported and stored? This week we're taking a look at natural gas and freshening up on our knowledge of the product.

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Topics: natural gas

Stay in the Know

Posted by Jennifer on Oct 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Stay on top of oil and gas industry news by following these top resources.  

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Topics: news, oil & gas

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