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These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

Posted by Jennifer on May 19, 2017 4:55:16 PM

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New Century Software is officially 23 years old! Even though our blog has 20 years

to go to catch up to the rest of the company, in honor of our anniversary we took a look back at 23 of our (and your) favorite posts. So whether you’re revisiting a post or reading it for the first time, we hope you enjoy it!

  1. Utilizing GIS in the Pipeline Industry

There is a lot happening in the world of GIS! And, while we eat, sleep, and breathe GIS for pipelines every day, we realize a few of you may not know how you can leverage GIS in the oil and gas industry. By utilizing GIS, companies can save time and money when making decisions to construct, repair, remove or relocate pipelines and facilities.

  1. Shaking Things Up

Each year there are an estimated 900,000 earthquakes across the earth registering 2.5 magnitude or less, 30,000 registering 2.5 to 5.4 magnitude and 500 registering 5.5 to 6.0 magnitude. Wow, that’s a lot of earthquakes that could potentially affect your pipeline integrity each year!

  1. Getting to Know…PHMSA

Every pipeline operator knows it’s subject to Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) inspections to ensure that they meet the minimum federal standards for pipeline safety. But how much do you really know about the organization that develops and enforces these industry guidelines?

  1. Pipeline Repurposing: The Oil & Gas Industry is Innovating

It has been said, “The oil and gas industry’s approach to change has often been compared to the formation of fossil fuels themselves: slow, steady and done under pressure.” However, this adage no longer holds true in many industry circles.

  1. Top 5 Pipeline Routing Tips

When it comes to pipeline construction, routing is the fundamental starting point and key opportunity to kick off the project on the right foot. In an effort to make this process go a little smoother, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 routing tips you should consider.

  1. We’re All In…To Ensure Safety & Reliability

For the last 20years, New Century has been keeping pace with an ever-evolving pipeline industry and our ever-innovating partner, Esri. As the needs of our niche market segment and the complexities of energy consumption have progressed, we’ve advanced alongside due largely to our partnerships with Esri, PODS, and most importantly, our customers.

  1. Laying the Foundation: Data Quality

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. In fact, we’ve earned a not-so-secret reputation for being PODS experts. So, just how did we earn this reputation?

  1. Tips and Tricks for Generating Alignment Sheets

At New Century Software, we nerd out on visualizing data. Since we’re all about generating alignment sheets quickly, we’ve come up with a few tricks to help you save even more time and ensure you’re as productive as possible.

  1. Managing Offline Events

You may be asking yourself: What are Offline Events? And, would this functionality benefit my organization? New Century Software has provided you with a solution to this conundrum: Facility Manager!

  1. The 6 Best Ways to Spot & Protect a Pipeline

Why would we even want to learn how to spot a pipeline? Well, in Colorado alone, over 45,000 miles of pipeline exist to move products such as natural gas, crude oil, and energy products. And because so many pipelines exist, we thought that a lesson on how to find a pipeline might be helpful, to keep yourself and the pipelines safe.

  1. GIS Trends for 2016

We can’t predict the future. But as we settle into 2016, some interesting trends seem to be emerging in the world of GIS, mostly driven by changing data models, world events and climate change. Here are some emerging GIS trends for 2016.

  1. Top 5 Tips to Survive a PHMSA Audit

With over 20 years of combined experience, we’ve developed audit strategies and processes focused on transparent compliance demonstrations and in-depth regulatory audit preparation. We’ve compiled our top 5 tips to survive a PHMSA audit to help you out.

  1. What are HCAs and Why do They Matter

In the world of pipelines, HCA stands of High Consequence Area. These are pretty important concepts. So let’s take a closer look at HCAs and why they are so very important.

  1. Moving Up: Recent Improvements & Innovations

Every year brings a new set of challenges, and our goal this year is to meet them head-on to help lighten the burden on our customers.  We plan to do this through re-imaging how to manage ILI data, building support for spatial data models, and integrating with ESRI ArcGIS Online.

  1. How to Build an Esri Story Map

As a proud Esri partner, we at New Century utilize their tools to produce software that is user-friendly and easily accessible. One of our favorite Esri tools is Story Maps. So, we wanted to share some of our Esri partner expertise with you and help you build a story map with ease.

  1. Data Conversion vs Data Migration: What’s the Difference

Data conversion and data migration can be quite confusing, and many people don’t understand the difference between the two. This week’s blog will try to clear up some of that confusion and explain the difference between the two…yes, there is a difference.

  1. The Future of Pipeline GIS

The pipeline GIS user community has experienced significant disruption over the years with rapid advances in technology, ever-evolving data models, and the increasingly important integration between systems. The most notable and impactful change to hit our niche sector is the use of web GIS.

  1. 2016 Esri UC: Top 3 Takeaways for Pipeline Operators

The Esri UC has been over for less than a week and we’re still buzzing over the technology, conversations, and ideas that were shared. Despite the blur of geo-excitement, we honed in on three key messages that apply specifically to pipeline operators, ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing (APR) is ready, Web GIS empowers power users, and Insights takes integrity management to the next level.

  1. What is a Moderate Consequence Area

On March 15, 2016, PHMSA published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) proposing several changes to safety regulations regarding onshore gas transmission and gathering lines, integrity management (IM) requirements, and non-IM requirements. Among the non-IM requirements was a proposed definition for moderate consequence areas (MCAs).

  1. How to spot an expert series
DOT Compliance Consultants

At New Century Software and Integrity Plus, we take pride in knowing that our teams are comprised of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the industry. This led us to think, how do our customers and others in the industry know they are getting the best solution and service from a qualified team? To help answer this question, we developed a three-part series, How to Spot an Expert. We’ll touch on DOT compliance consultants, risk and integrity management analysts, and GIS experts. In the first of our three-part series, we’ll be focusing on the realm of regulatory compliance.

Pipeline Risk

It can be challenging to see through the numerous messages, campaigns, and ever-prevalent online content to (pardon the pun) mitigate the risks of hiring the wrong consultant. So, in our latest installment of “How to Spot an Expert,” we’re focusing on helping you dive deep in your search for expertise when it comes to Pipeline Risk consulting.

Pipeline Web GIS

In the third installment of our series, How to Spot an Expert, we’re focusing on folks that offer web GIS services for pipeline operators. Not everyone understands the complexities of the pipeline industry. So, we’ve identified three key elements that your web GIS vendor should be able to offer to ensure a successful implementation for pipeline operators.

  1. Boxes: The Origin of Your Pipeline Listing

If you’ve ever performed an Inline Inspection (ILI) for a pipeline, you are likely familiar with the typical product of the survey which takes the form of a spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is usually referred to as a pipeline listing, master list, pipe tally, or similar and is a tabular dataset where each row is a feature reported by the ILI vendor. So many decisions are made based on the information reported in the pipe listing so it warrants a closer look at its building blocks.

  1. Summary of 2016 PHMSA notices

2016 was a busy year for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and pipeline compliance with many new and proposed regulations. With the start of the New Year, we thought we'd give you a quick summary of some of the ones that stood out.

  1. Not every HCA analysis is created equal series
Part I

Performing High Consequence Area (HCA) analysis correctly is a critical initial step to Integrity Management Program (IMP) success, and if it is not done correctly, can be a substantial liability for companies. In this three part blog series, we will be discussing a set of key components and challenges involved in liquid HCA projects. 

Part II

In our previous post in the series, Not Every HCA Analysis is Created Equal, we talked about the importance of verifying analyses provided through software or vendors, and the potential vulnerabilities to consider, as well as the basis of identifying HCAs and their boundaries. In this installment we’ll be deliberating how model settings and data can impact emergency response plans and generating release scenarios.

Part III

In the third and final portion of the series, Not Every HCA Analysis is Created Equal, we’ll explore the effect of the type of product being transported, and how to incorporate pipeline facilities into the analysis process.


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Topics: PHMSA, DOT Compliance, Integrity Management, Pipeline, Data Management, Esri, GIS, Risk Management, data

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