Operations


Operate pipelines safely and reliably to deliver the energy we need

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Operating a pipeline safely and reliably requires a large workforce collaboratively performing many tasks and workflows every day, all day long. This work occurs in the field and in the office. Wherever they might be, all staff must work together. This is the case in both planned and unplanned operations. GIS is a hallmark of high-performing pipelines.

Use location data to improve pipeline operations

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Inspections and maintenance

Planned and unplanned inspections and maintenance are among a pipeline mobile worker's most common tasks and workflows. On the ground, in the air, and in-line, pipeline operator staff and resources are continually checking, patrolling, and assessing the condition of the pipeline and whether it is operating as it should be. Findings from the field, once saved to ArcGIS, are immediately available to all staff.

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Emergency management

Pipeline operators have a strong track record of safe operations. But on rare occasions, an incident may occur that demands immediate response. GIS is essential to all four elements of the emergency management plan pipeline operators rely on in these cases: risk mitigation, readiness, response, and recovery. Using GIS to integrate data from multiple data sources into one map is essential. Informative integrated maps in dashboards provide a comprehensive and engaging view of the data needed for at-a-glance decision-making and activity planning.

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Real-time GIS

While some pipeline assets are at a fixed location, pipelines are not static assets. Changes are always occurring, sometimes rapidly. Real-time data from sensors, devices, and feeds enable pipeline staff to better address common user workflows that rely on access to the latest information to advance operational excellence. With real-time GIS, maps and databases are continuously updated, trends are observed as they form, and the workforce is alerted the moment activity or performance reaches a critical threshold.

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Cleaning pig planning and tracking

Pipeline operators routinely run pigs through their pipe network to keep the pipes' interior clean and free of anything that might affect flow capabilities or other performance issues. ArcGIS tracks the location of launchers and receivers. This makes it ideal to support cleaning pig planning and tracking.

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Routing and logistics

Managing how resources are sourced, stored, and moved from one location to another is key to pipeline operations. Location is key to each step in the process. ArcGIS enables pipeliners to get themselves and the resources they need from one location to another quickly. This is essential to optimizing pipeline operations and responsiveness.

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