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.
This post is not meant to endorse specific agencies or companies, nor is it meant to support any specific piece of legislation. Rather, we just wanted to begin a much-needed conversation about cyber security and our nation’s pipelines.
We are all aware of the acute threats from hackers and of their ability to wreak havoc, disrupt infrastructure, and compromise data integrity. And the threat to the oil and gas industry is no less.
The US has the largest network of energy pipelines in the world, with more than 2.7 million miles of pipe. A cybersecurity breach within the pipeline environment could have a tremendous impact, from compromised data creating competitive disadvantages to automated pressure changes causing catastrophic physical disruptions.
When folks think about New Century Software, they usually think oil and gas. But another, very important side of our business is Geographic Information System (GIS). We love using technology to spatialize data, and transform it into information that can be used to save lives and the planet, and help improve oil and gas asset management.
In today’s post, we’re exploring other ways that spatialized data is being harnessed and used for fun and learning. So lace up your shoes, apply the sunscreen, and make sure you have plenty of water!
In the classic film Back to the Future, Marty McFly accidentally goes back in time, returning to 1955 when his parents were teenagers. To get “back to the future”, his future, he must make sure that his parents meet and fall in love. Of course, there are hijinks along the way that threaten his very existence. With each misstep, he notices his siblings start to disappear from the family photograph he carries in his pocket, as he changes the course of history.
With 1 month of the New Year under our belt, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at the state of the GIS community. From my perspective, and I think many of you would agree, it’s easy to see the current state is change. The multidisciplinary nature of GIS has always made it a dynamic industry. Today we are seeing greater change, at a more rapid pace. There are 3 main areas where change will provide the greatest impact to a GIS professionals day-to-day activities.
Why do we have pressure calculations and how do they relate to In-Line Inspections (ILI)? Let’s start with why. This comes down to three main reasons: PHMSA requirements, sorting through ILI report “noise”, and to estimate response time.
Congratulations! It’s the start of a new year and you’ve just been hired/ promoted/ reorganized and now you have a glamorous new title:
- Integrity Manager
- Control Center Manager
- Operations Manager
- Pipeline Regulatory Compliance Coordinator
- Damage Prevention Supervisor
- OQ Coordinator
- Regional Manager
Each of these roles brings new responsibility for how your pipeline system performs. In many instances, these roles have the primary accountability for ensuring the success of a regulatory program. As with all transitions and job changes, taking on responsibility for a pipeline safety program brings a host of growing pains. The responsible managers, or program administrators, find themselves juggling personnel supervision, technical analysis and oversight, regulatory agency communications, progress reporting, interdepartmental projects, and an expectation to improve performance, quality and efficiency. A program administrator wears many hats, and carries the load of responsibility for many operators.