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Geospatial explains the benefits of pipeline mapping

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World Pipelines,

Geospatial Corporation delivers locational 3D data, information technology, software and programme management services so its clients can securely, accurately and economically map and manage its underground infrastructure, including energy pipelines.

Geospatial continually seeks emerging technologies to add to its suite of sensor and data acquisition technologies, which will enhance the amount of data gathered. Leveraging on emerging technologies – such as the cloud, big data, analytics and geographic information systems (GIS), Geospatial can provide effective solutions to benefit its clients.

A complete understanding of clients’ business processes is the key for providing efficient solutions and to develop a comprehensive infrastructure management plan. Geospatial’s experience in needs analysis, design, development, testing and support of GeoUnderground helps the company provide uniquely suitable solutions for each customer. Using the latest data acquisition and mapping technologies, the company helps meet clients’ business needs and ensures that the solution is delivered within time and budget.

GISs have become a vital part of daily life. By combining more sophisticated data acquisition technologies with GIS integration in a mobile IT platform, Geospatial allows its clients to increase the quality, quantity and efficiency of data acquisition while also reducing the overall cost of utilities, municipalities, institutions and industries to locate, map and manage their underground infrastructure.

The company tries to structure its engagement model so that its clients accelerate their ‘time to knowledge’, which is needed to develop and deploy GIS applications that can download 3D locational field data or historic files, provide information via a conventional browser or smartphone, improve decision-making and communication between the office and the field, while also adding value to businesses and operations in days.

Unlike mapping aboveground infrastructure, mapping underground presents unique challenges when trying to accurately and economically collect data in 3D. Geospatial aims to develop mapping programmes that provide positional accuracy to approximately 4 in. (10cm) in both pipeline location and depth.

Accurate location and digital mapping/management information is priceless. The world’s underground infrastructure is the last ‘un-mapped’ frontier. Everything else – from the bottoms of the oceans to buildings and bridges – have been extensively mapped. A map of the world’s underground infrastructure is the catalyst that will drive value in many markets in Geospatial’s view.

Energy companies are under great pressure to address the challenges of energy security and sustainability in a changing geopolitical, environmental and economic scenario. Geospatial provides location, mapping and management solutions with proprietary software and emerging technologies to create opportunities in the upstream and downstream operations of oil and gas companies.

Moreover, companies (such as insurance firms) seek ways of improving profitability, while also balancing the demands of regulatory change, market uncertainty and changing customer demographics. Geospatial recognises the need to have a precise understanding of the exact location of buried pipelines from an insurance point-of-view. Insurers that are involved in underwriting pipeline construction, management and maintenance would benefit greatly from Geospatial’s offerings as they allow for risk mitigation.

Pipeline analytics with location intelligence or GIS solutions can support insurance companies at various parts of the insurance process. Whether evaluating pipeline or facility risk, quantifying contractor qualifications or effectively managing your distribution networks, location is the common paradigm.

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