2010 Presentation

A Case Study in GIS Usage for Pipeline Leak Detection Process Improvement and Efficiency

Learn about the current and future use of GIS and the Leak Detection System (LDS) technology at Chesapeake and the company’s strategy to reduce fugitive gas leaks. Utilizing an external LDS tools and internal GIS data and expertise, Chesapeake has developed a fast and efficient methodology to patrol their lines. The process has greatly increased their detection cycle time and helped to increase their ROI over the traditional “boots on the ground” methods previously employed.

Speaker Biography - Eric Bess

Eric joined Chesapeake in October 2006, coming from Equitable Resources’ GIS Department. Eric has a B.S. Engineering Technology (Civil Emphasis) from West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Eric is the GIS Coordinator for Chesapeake Midstream Field Operations. Prior to coming to Chesapeake, Eric was involved with testing the LDS System in the Appalachia Basin with Equitable. During his career, Eric has 10 years total natural gas experience and 5 years mining engineering experience. Eric has been involved in many aspects of each industry and has even taught on various related subjects throughout those years.

Speaker Biography - Zach Dorsey

Zach joined Chesapeake in October 2007 as a GIS Intern, and began full time as a GIS Analyst upon his graduation in May 2008. Zach graduated from West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a B.S. Civil Engineering Technology. Zach is the lead analyst working with the LDS program coordinating flights and data dissemination among the District Managers and Flight Crew. Zach’s other duties include various Facility and Pipeline GIS projects for Chesapeake Midstream.

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Eric Bess
Coordinator – GIS
Chesapeake Midstream

Zach Dorsey
GIS Analyst
Chesapeake Midstream

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