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Laying the Foundation: Data Quality

Posted by Stacey on May 11, 2015 2:00:26 AM

A few of weeks ago, we let you know that we’re all in on expanding our offerings to key decision makers across pipeline oil and gas enterprises. Instead of keeping our solutions silo’d in the GIS department, we’ve been working hard to expand our reach to key decision makers in field services, integrity management, and DOT compliance departments.

But, we’re not the kind to forget where we came from.

Our company was founded on quality data management and we’ve worked hard to establish industry-leading best practices for setting and maintaining strict data quality protocol. We’ve been actively involved in developing the PODS data model, and our most robust data management applications rely heavily on it. In fact, we’ve earned a not-so-secret reputation for being PODS experts (thanks guys, it means a lot).

So, just how did we earn this reputation?

The New Century PODS implementation allows users to manage data geospatially in a relational linear-referenced database, which can then be visualized in a GIS platform.

Key words: Linear Referencing. Linear Referencing is extremely powerful because it prevents redundancy and ensures quality data. How? It measures a specific distance location relative to the pipe; the pipe is represented abstractly in a table as a record; each record represents an object in the real world; and each record has its own identifier.

Essentially, it’s a simplified approach to data management. And by utilizing a PODS relational data model, New Century applications have been leveraging linear-referencing and dynamic segmentation to spatialize data in Esri’s ArcGIS for a long time. So, we earned our reputation by being the best at linear referencing and data quality for over 20 years.

While we’re proud of the work we’ve done and the reputation we’ve earned, the truth is that our data-loving hearts beat for more than one model. Our applications and services span data models and sources. And, we’ve got our eyes on what’s next, too.

Later this year, Esri is launching UPDM and ALRP (you may have heard). Here at New Century, we’ve opened our arms to the new technology and data model – with the data quality standards and protocol in place that we’ve become known for.

We’ve been scouring betas of UPDM to understand how the new model interact with our software suite. And, although ALRP has not yet been released to the public, or to Esri's business partners, we’ve been studying another Esri advanced linear referencing system that’s providing insights into how our offerings will compliment it. Plus, we’re working with our partners, Esri and PODS, by serving on the committees dedicated to identifying how the new technology will work together.

In our last post, we promised you a series on how New Century is giving stakeholders across your enterprise insight and spatial visibility into your GIS to ensure safety and reliability. Our minds are open and our heads are down as we’re working hard to apply the data quality standards and best practices that we’ve earned a reputation on to the latest offerings from Esri.

Our platform story starts with quality data management – our customers’ successes have been anchored in a commitment to data quality that we’ve upheld for over twenty years. As we’re expanding our solutions across your enterprise, this commitment is what will give your pipeline executive the confidence that the line location displayed on his iOS or Android device is traceable, verifiable and complete.

P.S. New Century will be at the Esri UC in booth 2101 this summer, come see us!

Topics: ALRS, Esri, GIS, ALRP

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