This is a significant year for regulatory changes that all Operators need to be well-informed of and prepared for with a realistic plan of attack. The shifting expectations PHMSA is demonstrating for how pipeline data is reported to DOT in the US can seem daunting but they are achievable. Join Novara GeoSolutions for this informational webinar that will frame and fully define the pipeline “Mega Rule”, National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) revisions, and PIPES Act. Our in-house expert, Matt Thomas, will focus on the changes facing the pipeline industry through these PHMSA-backed initiatives. Matt will provide insights into the potential impact and industry response to the new rules and will also provide visibility into what steps Novara GeoSolutions is taking to better serve our clients as they prepare for this new regulatory landscape.
ARCHIVED: What a complete GIS solution means for Gas Distribution companies
The industry is full of organizations that have had to “redo” parts of their enterprise distribution platform so that it can address the business goals and meet regulatory requirements. GIS is part of this. Yet, GIS isn’t a single tool. It is a series of individual products that are pieced together to form a platform for addressing business needs. Those who have reviewed Esri’s “Arc-soup” understand. Many utilities have the goal to implement a powerful, easy to use platform that quickly delivers on business needs. However, operators are faced with the challenge to know what are the right products to implement, when to implement them, and who to seek help from?
Join Novara as we discuss how distribution utilities can take an Esri based, scalable, platform to successfully meet their design, as-built, asset management, compliance, field and DIMP business needs. It can be run from internal servers or a utility can opt to have it hosted externally. Participants will learn about how the foundation of this solution, Esri’s ArcGIS suite and the UPDM data model work together seamlessly. Learn how to set the implementation schedule up to be completed all at once or over time so as to work with your budget. Participants will learn how they can use this platform to address the utilities engineering, and compliance requirements inside of the corporate IT structure.
Learn about how leveraging a proven Gas Distribution Platform can improve decision-making but also lower infrastructure risk.
Who should attend: GIS & IT managers, engineering staff, mapping teams and field/oper mngrs
With Novara’s Distribution platform you can:
Design new service and trunk lines and import as-built records
Take information into the field and update your records
Calculate your Risk and improve your DIMP plan
Communicate and provide transparency to stakeholders and executives.
Generate maps and produce digital and paper mapbooks.
ARCHIVED: Comprehensive Leak Survey Program at your Fingertips: Traceable, Verifiable & Complete!
Everyone has to perform leak surveys but how you perform them determines if they are defendable and meet your goals. Novara GeoSolutions (Novara) will explore how Operators can determine the status of a leak survey program at a quick glance. Additionally, they will discuss a solution that doesn’t require having to buy an on-going service. This Leak Survey Program can help gas utilities streamline and enhance their leak survey operations. Users can effortlessly schedule, assess and confidently report real-time data while streamlining field processes. Then we will explore how work assignments, field collection and executive communications work together to create a quality program that keeps your operation complaint. Participants will learn how to integrate leak survey work within the corporate GIS and work management systems.
With the Leak Survey Toolkit, Gas Utilities can successfully:
Collect digital readings using a mobile application integrated with GPS and leak detection devices.
Generate leak survey KPIs and deliver them to the Executive level through the ‘executive dashboard’.
Verify mandatory 192 Inspections are being completed accurately.
Feel confident you own the content and the system without being tied to one vendor.
ARCHIVED: 5 Reasons You Need a Data Governance Strategy
Everyday pipeline Operators make decisions with data, therefore it is crucial the data is high quality, consistent and accurate. A Data Governance strategy can ensure your organization’s GIS information are properly and efficiently managed throughout the enterprise to guarantee it is reliable and accurate. Data Governance includes everything from how your data is collected, how it is revised, if it is in a standardized format and ensures it is entered consistently. Users have experienced improved operational efficiency and productivity with a carefully planned strategy and find that data is easily available and accessible to the right person in a standardized and reliable form when needed.
A well-planned Data Governance strategy should incorporate various items, such as Data Quality Management, Metadata Management, Data Architecture, Document & Content Management, Data Development, Reference & Master Data Management and more. Join Leslie Fullop, Director of Project Delivery, as she demonstrates how PODS users can take a complex set of data and quickly streamline the workflow and ensure the GIS data is consistent, reliable and accurate.
Five Reasons why Data Governance is important to your Business:
1. Data Governance provides consistent, reliable and repeatable data
2. Analysis and Reporting issues are most often Data Governance problems, not technology problems
3. Data Governance guides all other analytics activities
4. Data Governance helps you (and your boss) sleep at night
5. Data Governance saves you money
Who should attend? IT and GIS Managers within the Transmission & Distribution industries.
Getting bulk data – such as project As-built or Survey data – into an enterprise database can be challenging and time-consuming. Often times, the data loading process lacks efficiency as many of these activities were developed when databases were far less complex and resource availability was optimal. Worse, the validation effort around ensuring the critical data elements are accurate can cause a backlog of work that delays the timing of getting new project data into the GIS, negatively impacting pipeline protection activities, inspection schedules, and broader data integration initiatives.
Novara GeoSolutions has a proven solution to overcome these data management obstacles that not only increases efficiency, but also streamlines workflows and saves precious time. With this solution users bring validated information to stakeholders across the enterprise. With the use of Intrepid® PODS DataLoader, users can configure an easy-to-use interface for seamlessly loading large and small datasets. The application, not the users, provides key data validation functionality through an automated pre-process workflow that ensures data management business rules are followed. It also ensures attribute values are matched and correct and geographic information is fully defined before the import into PODS even begins.
Join us on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 12pm (EST)/10am (MST)/9am (PST) as we demonstrate how you can effectively and dynamically manage your construction, maintenance, inspection and compliance data.
The Intrepid® PODS DataLoader can…
Easily load thousands of point and linear events of various types into multiple routes at once
Perform PODS-aware data validation to quickly diagnosis and correct data issues
Streamline workflows to improve overall process of data management
Conveniently locate data various ways referencing measure, coordinate, and station/series
Import data from Excel, MDB, TXT file types
ARCHIVED: Ensure ‘Verifiable, Traceable and Complete’ is part of your data process
Allowing data to be reviewed before it is released to production as the ‘official data for the system of record’ for a company is a big deal. Parallel test/development databases can be maintained for this purpose, however, they can get out of synch easily and take an enormous amount of time to maintain. What options are available for operators to ensure their data is traceable, verifiable and complete?
Join Novara GeoSolutions as we explore benefits of using Intrepid® Work In Progress (WIP) which allows users to add an extra layer of data protection and comprehensive review while editing pipeline data. Important information such as who made the change, who authorized it, exactly what changes were made, etc. are all trackable. Most importantly, participants will see how performing edit sessions in the context of a job or work order shortens the learning curve and simplifies overall process. In a few easy steps, users can edit, manage, review, approve, map and create audit logs for each transaction. The end product is pipeline data that is traceable, verifiable and complete!
Advantages of using WIP:
Full audit tracking for all edits
Point-in-time comparisons can be quickly generated
Quickly roll back centerline geometry to specific points in time
View the data spatially
Easily assign other users for certain tasks
Integrate with a PODS data model
Supports long and short transactions
Supports multiple edit sessions on the same routes