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Staging: A Dunder Mifflin Case Study on Data Protection

Posted by Rachael Webster & Sarah Spaulding on Sep 20, 2018 12:24:21 PM

For data to be meaningful, it must be complete, accurate, and valid. We strive to protect the data that drives reports and analyses to ensure that organizations can make the best decisions. However, those who are responsible for data management of pipeline systems understand the challenges involved in balancing data security with making sure that it can be updated in a timely fashion.

It is not enough to merely lock users out once your data is in a good state.  As maintenance is done on assets in the field, it is essential to update the information in your GIS as quickly as possible to make sure that the data consumers in your organization have access to is the most accurate, complete, and valid information possible.

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Topics: Data Management, data cleanup, Staging

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

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

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

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

Top 4 Reasons to Outsource GIS Services

Posted by Shelly on Jul 20, 2016 1:00:00 PM

In today's pipeline industry, resources are scarce but the work to be completed is overwhelming. With ongoing surveys, new construction, acquisitions, and inspections, pipeline operators are producing more data than ever but have fewer resources than ever to manage it.

That's where we come in. Integrity Plus offers onsite and temporary staffing services to help with ILI alignments, data capture, centerline corrections, job books, and many other GIS data management services. Our team is trained on the latest applications, local, and available to operators who need supplemental staff immediately.

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Topics: Data Management, ILI, GIS, data

Data Conversion versus Data Migration. What’s the Difference?

Posted by Shelly on Jun 15, 2016 1:31:29 PM

Data conversion and data migration can be quite confusing, and many people don’t understand the difference between the two. What are they? Are they different? Why are they important? 

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.

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Topics: Data Management, PODS, data, conversion, migration

The Importance of Data Cleanup in Effective Integrity Management Programs

Posted by Shelly on May 25, 2016 10:30:00 AM

At New Century Software, we take integrity management very seriously, knowing full well what happens when data is inaccurate or not up-to-date. So today we’re going to explore why data cleanup is so important for your integrity management program, and how to do it through data integration, HCA identification, risk assessment, data management and data verification.  

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Topics: Data Management, data

Managing Offline Events

Posted by Shelly on Dec 2, 2015 6:36:47 AM

 Did you know that the latest release of Facility Manager now supports Offline Events? Yeah, we’re excited about it too!

You may be asking yourself: What are Offline Events? And, would this functionality benefit my organization?

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Topics: Pipeline Operator, Offline Events, Data Management, GIS, Facility Manager

Summer Events & Happenings

Posted by Stacey on Apr 24, 2015 8:08:01 AM

Conference season is in full swing in the pipeline oil and gas industry! We will be exhibiting at four upcoming events in the next several weeks leading up to our own annual Client Conference (psst... registration JUST opened). Check out our schedule below for the who, what, when and where and be sure to send us a note if you'll be at these events, too! We'd love to buy you coffee or lunch!

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Topics: Pipeline Operator, Integrity Management, Data Management, GIS, Compliance

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