A successful GIS implementation requires developing a strategy for Pipeline Data sharing. There is no doubt that GIS is a relevant technology in the Oil and Gas industry. No doubt that it is important to have the most accurate and reliable geographic data centralized in GIS databases, to do so there has to be a clear and consistent data workflow to ensure the quality of data and the responsibilities of people involved. But successfulness of a GIS implementation in a Pipeline organization will be measured by its capability to support the users’ requirements for geographic data. The audience for GIS data is diverse having internal clients among Engineering, Operations, Environmental, and Social. External consumers could reach to contractors, government organizations, and shareholders.
The intention of this paper is to describe the approach of a ‘client oriented’ pipeline GIS data sharing strategy which can support relevant activities throughout a Pipeline organization. Proving samples and results will be taken from the author’s experience implementing an Enterprise GIS for the PERU LNG project.
The client oriented approach means that the geographic data delivery has to be customized by each client. This approach requires the GIS department to know very well to the audience and their expectations. For each client it is important to answer questions like: “Who is my client?”, “What information is required by the client?”, “When is the information required?”, “Why is the client asking for this data?”, “Which is the recurrence for this requirement?”, “How is the client going to consume the data?”
After knowing the audience there is classification process. All clients’ requirements are important, but depending on the stage of a pipeline implementation it is important to realize which clients are more relevant for each stage and assign priorities accordingly. Having a list of client’s requirements and priorities is important for a GIS department because it provides feedback about the GIS system itself and also establishes the goals for the short and medium terms.
The requirements list will open the door of the Design and implementation phase. The requirements can be fulfilled by designing a map report, generating Alignment Sheets, installing some GIS client software, developing a customized GIS application, GIS integration with other systems, web mapping, etc. This paper proposes that the GIS data sharing strategy has to be revised throughout different stages of a Pipeline project and the proposed approach is to be client oriented. Some samples of requirements and delivered GIS products will be described and analyzed as support material.
Mr. Gamarra has 12 years of experience as GIS professional, and has been involved in the Oil & Gas industry since 6 years ago when he started working for Hunt Oil. He worked 4 years working for PERU LNG which is a Hunt operated pipeline and marine facilities to export LNG, during construction and initial operation phases. He also spent 1 year working for Hunt Oil Peru, supporting exploration and conceptual engineering activities. Along with this, 1 year working in Hunt Oil headquarters in Dallas and currently supports Hunt’s Oil & Gas projects, mainly at exploration and production stages.
He was awarded 2011 ESRI Latin American prize for a successful pipeline GIS project implementation in PERU LNG. Mr. Gamarra is a graduate student from Penn State University.