Effectively Managing Pipeline Regulatory Requirements with GIS
The concepts and technologies enveloped within the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are vast and highly applicable to nearly every industry. From Natural Resources to Utilities to Emergency Response, you name it and there is a space where this technology could be the key to making both work and life that much more efficient.
Fields in which we have seen this time and again include those involving pipeline assets. Whether a company is dealing in petroleum or natural gas, the pipelines that make up their networks are under strict regulations to ensure that all environmental and safety risks are covered for every scenario imaginable. These regulations evolve based on the hiccups – both small and devastatingly large – felt by the biggest companies in the industry. However, they all center around making the resources these assets carry safer and more sustainable. This is essential in the Oil and Gas business as companies place greater focus on constructing systems that leave as minimal a footprint on the environment as possible – as well as satisfy the call of the public and their ever-growing voice on these matters.
While it seems like meeting these needs would be easy enough considering the technology and expertise at the industry's disposal, there is a fine line between satisfying regulatory requirements and appeasing constituents. This is a line each business – no matter the industry – must figure out how to straddle on their own. For now, we want to provide a peek into how we have seen this tackled in recent years. It all begins with identifying the hurdles presented by regulatory standards.
How can you solve a problem if you do not know what it is in the first place?
We will then move on to explore the vast frontier of applying GIS technology to Integrity Management Programs, Field Development Planning, and Fate and Transport Modeling. Finally – for those in the Natural Resources sector and beyond – we want to take a look at how all of this may be combined to better mitigate disasters like oil spills as well as increase the response time for emergency services should such a disaster occur.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we explore these things in our latest series on effectively managing pipeline regulatory requirements with the help of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)! The links below will be updated as these posts become available.
Upcoming Topics in This Series:
- Identifying Regulatory Hurdles in the Pipeline Industry
- Better Administering Integrity Management Programs with GIS
- Field Development Planning with GIS (TBA)
- Enhancing Fate and Transport Modeling with GIS (TBA)
- Applying GIS to Emergency Preparedness and Response Practices (TBA)