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February 27, 2012
Redlands, CaliforniaUtility experts at Esri are collaborating with Technical Toolboxes, Inc. (TTI), the developers of the Simple, Handy, Risk-Based Integrity Management Plan (SHRIMP), to help US gas distribution companies access GIS data for distribution integrity management plan (DIMP) submissions.
DIMP regulations, put forth by the US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, require each US gas utility to report on its risk-based approach to pipeline management.
"By linking SHRIMP to Esri's GIS, gas utilities can now use two industry-leading solutions together," said Bill Meehan, Esri director of utility solutions. "GIS technology enables gas distribution companies to connect integrity management data with geographic location to reduce risk, improve safety, and help satisfy DIMP requirements."
GIS will enable utilities to section a gas distribution system based on geography and other criteria defined by the operator. Additionally, GIS will provide information such as leak repair history and equipment condition for each section, thereby reducing data input requirements.
"The SHRIMP-GIS interface will facilitate the input of data required by SHRIMP," said Vernon Mallu, the TTI SHRIMP project manager. "Operators will still be required to review and complete threat assessments. However, many of the tedious tasks—collecting and reviewing repair records and tickets and entering this information—will be eliminated or reduced by using the data already available in the GIS."
A webinar scheduled for February 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST will explore the SHRIMP-GIS interface developed by Esri and TTI. Register for the webinar and gain more understanding of GIS for DIMP at esri.com/dimp.
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About Technical Toolboxes
Technical Toolboxes, Inc. (TTI) is a provider of integrated energy midstream software solutions, consulting services, and training for engineering and technical professionals. The integrated Toolbox software products developed by TTI provide companies with engineering productivity tools for standardization and training of their engineering and technical professionals. Technical Toolboxes is also the strategic marketing partner of the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) and markets its technical pipeline research reports and software.