With Esri’s most recent, and first, pipeline-centric application, ArcGIS for Pipeline Referencing (APR) solution, the question on everyone’s mind is “Will this tool improve my workflows, processes, and efficiencies?” When considering the investment in legacy data models, and ArcMap applications, operators must have a strong understanding of the technology shift they’re making and how it’ll impact their day-to-day operations.
Quickly, APR is a new technology for managing pipeline events in a linear referenced system. It is not a stand-alone application itself but a configured network embedded in the geodatabase. In practice, this means APR rests on ArcGIS platform, and the hundreds of core geoprocessing tools are at your disposal while working with your pipeline assets.
Navigating the abundance of tool sets can be difficult, especially for a new user. With this in mind, New Century is hosting one and two-day workshops this year to address common workflows for pipeline data editors, discuss the ins and outs of the data model options to accompany APR, and allow you time to test drive the solution through our guided exercises.
In this first blog post about common workflows for operators, we’ll start at the beginning with data loading… we have to get the data in there to get started right?
Our training walks participants through the process of bulk uploading 3D-measured pipelines and calibrating known points of stationing or measure along the way. This process employs about a half dozen different geoprocessing tools. But, instead of overwhelming the user, we’ve packaged the process in a step-by-step workflow, complete with full instructions, tips, and direct links to the relevant tools. The end users follow an efficient path to complete work quickly and accurately, including:
- Add Lines
- Create Control Points
- Bulk Load Routes in ArcCatalog
- Append Control Points to Calibration Points
- Update Calibration Point Network
- Update Continuous Network
Bulk loading is just one of the capabilities of APR, others include updating and adding events in the Event Editor, route editing in ArcGIS Pro, and overlaying route events. In the training we’ve put together all of these features and more to help you navigate APR and hopefully help in the data maintenance solution decision. Join us in Houston, TX April 11th for a higher level look at what it all entails and how it compares, and while you're in the area come see us at our Esri PUG booth #806 to chat!