Gas Infrastructure Management

The cost of maintaining a utility company’s key assets - transmission and distribution facilities - represents a significant portion of their annual operating budgets. Most utilities allocate considerable resources to keeping their records current and accurate. Intergraph’s gas infrastructure management (GIM) solutions enable utility companies to efficiently manage and record their principal gas infrastructure assets, while reducing the cost of maintaining these records by storing them in a central database. This makes this information readily available for a variety of applications, potentially improving record keeping productivity by more than 50 percent.

 

  • Key Benefits
  • Applications
  • Customer References

Key Benefits

  • Labor Savings - Improves productivity of mapping technicians, engineers, field, and all personnel who need to create, use, and maintain accurate network asset information
  • Process Improvement - Eliminate redundant or duplicate processes and refine engineering workflows to speed up processes and improve efficiency and customer service levels
  • Improved Utilization of Assets - Integrate accurate and timely asset information with mission-critical information systems to improve asset utilization and information sharing across business units

Applications

  • Gas Distribution Asset Management - Maintaining critical gas distribution infrastructure is of the utmost importance to utility companies worldwide. Intergraph’s gas distribution asset management application provides an interactive graphic and database that enables the installation, modification, abandonment, or removal of gas distribution facilities in the gas data model. You can produce various geographically oriented maps of the gas distribution system, including high pressure, low pressure, and service connections. The database includes a landbase and street network, and the data model supports a fully connected gas network model traceable for other application purposes.
  • Gas Distribution Design - This interactive graphic application allows you to design a new gas distribution facility, or an extension or replacement of existing facilities. From simple, single-sheet designs to more complex multi-sheet drawings with construction interdependencies, Intergraph’s gas distribution design application provides the long transaction processing necessary to design a work order and manage work status through partial and final posting of all facility changes. This application also includes design logic and rules to ensure conformance to company engineering standards.
  • Gas Distribution Engineering Analysis - This Intergraph application enables you to extract all data for a traced piping network, suitable to be used as input data to a third-party hydraulic analysis package (e.g. SynerGEE, KYPipe). You can conduct a pressure drop and flow analysis and determine the adequacy of the system to better support new or existing customers.
  • Gas Distribution Emergency Area Isolation - A gas leak can be a life-threatening situation if not handled properly and quickly. Intergraph’s gas distribution emergency area isolation application enables you to open and close valves or pinch plastic lines to determine the optimum way to isolate an area following a major leak or disruption. You can trace and highlight the piping network from a known line break back to the devices or valves necessary to isolate the area in question.
  • Gas Distribution Leak Survey/Management - Pipes, like almost everything else, become weaker with age. This application provides a repository for leak survey data collected for piping sections. Using the leak history, together with material types and age of pipe, Intergraph’s gas distribution leak survey/management application provides replacement prioritization of pipe sections.
  • Gas Distribution Cathodic Protection - This Intergraph application allows you to trace sections of the metal piping network to design electrical insulation points for protection zones of the metallic network. This helps you create electrically isolated zones and locate and manage sacrificial anodes placed to electrically protect each network zone from corrosion.
  • Landbase Management - Intergraph’s landbase management application supports the background landbase used for various utility infrastructure mapping and design. Typically, this includes geospatial data such as edge of roadways, street center lines, and street names, as well as company easements and right-of-ways as maintained by a utility company’s real estate department.
  • Field Automation - This application takes your enterprise GIS into the field. Within a single user environment, you can view, report, query, analyze, and redline a GIS mobile map and "round-trip" changes to the enterprise GIS from the field. Field automation provides a platform for developing specific field workflow applications to further automate and improve field crew productivity using the enterprise GIS.

 

Customer References

  • Gaz Metro, Canada - Intergraph helped Canada’s Gaz Metro integrate facility management applications with SAP to improve workflows and productivity.
  • Gas Unie, Netherlands - Intergraph’s gas distribution facilities management solutions improve both workflow and productivity for Gas Unie in the Netherlands.
  • Union Gas, Canada - Intergraph helped Canada’s Union Gas integrate gas distribution and transmission facilities management systems with analysis applications, saving them time and materials.
  • Hong Kong China Gas Company, China - Intergraph’s gas distribution facilities management solutions improve both workflow and productivity for Hong Kong China Gas Co.
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