The Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS) Association is a non-profit (501 (c) (6) EIN # 841572421) member-driven organization that provides the widely recognized data model standard adopted by pipeline operators, service providers, vendors, and regulatory agencies for managing spatial data worldwide. The PODS Standard is the best starting point for implementing a GIS and data management program due to its effectiveness and scalability.
We are growing and adding more value to our members by building on our community with a focus on the digital twin and the entire asset lifecycle, adding resources such as training, curated free live data layers, federal and state specific regulatory updates and technical solutions such as the new ESRI specific PODS 7.03 Utility Network + APR which can be integrated with UPDM.
The PODS data model is the industry standard used by 200+ pipeline operators in 38 countries to provide a single master source of information and eliminate localized silos of often unconnected information. As the US and other parts of the world increase their focus on pipeline integrity management (PIM), the importance of data integration should not be overlooked. Referencing and integrating data within a spatial context can help to provide pipeline operators with a definitive view of their pipeline assets. The PODS data model provides guidelines for the tedious process of reconciling “as-built” data with operational and inspection data in one single source.
Because PODS is designed to rigid standards by the thought leaders in the PODS Community/Pipeline Industry, including operators, software companies and service providers, PODS can be accessed and used by multiple vendors and software platforms. PODS is already an extensive pipeline data model for storing a comprehensive set of critical features and attributes necessary to support PIM. PODS is GIS‐platform independent, meaning it can work with ESRI or any other GIS software. It is available as either a relational database (Oracle and SQL Server are currently supported) or an Esri geodatabase.
- Risk Management
- Asset Tracking and Analysis
- Operational Efficiency
- Facility Management
- Performance Monitoring
- Petroleum and Pipeline
- Electric and Gas Utilities
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Nov 15, 2023