News Archive 2008, Q1-Q2

New Century Software to Exhibit at the Southern Gas Association Operating Conference

Meet with representatives from New Century Software in Atlanta this July as we showcase our solutions pertaining to integrity management and data maintenance at the 2008 SGA Operating Conference. Held July 22nd through 24th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta, the conference will host around 800 attendees from the natural gas industry. In addition to a 122 company exhibition hall, round table sessions will be held throughout the event so ideas can be exchanged and to open up networking opportunities.

Registration is now open for a free web seminar on our Spill Impact Analyst application on June 25

A web seminar demonstrating New Century Software’s Spill Impact Analyst application has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, at 2:00 PM CDT. The application provides the pipeline industry with in-house capabilities for overland spread and water transport analysis for hazardous liquid pipelines.

Spill Impact Analyst can be used to support an organization’s integrity management program or can be used for determining a low-stress pipeline’s impact on unusually sensitive areas (USAs) as an alternative to the half mile buffer rule.

This seminar is being offered exclusively to pipeline operators.

New Gathering Line and Low-Stress Pipeline Rules Released by PHMSA

Following 1.5 years of deliberation and design, the PHMSA has rolled out the Final Rule regulating gathering and low-stress hazardous liquid pipelines. The rule sets forth definitions of each pipeline and outlines the steps operators must take to bring those lines into compliance.

The new rule was designed to protect designated unusually sensitive areas, specifically in rural areas. It defines gathering lines as 1) having a nominal diameter from 6 5/8 inches to 8 5/8 inches, 2) being located within quarter of a mile of an unusually sensitive area (USA), and 3) operating at a maximum operating pressure corresponding to a stress level greater than 20% of the SMYS (if the stress level is unknown, or the pipeline is not constructed with steel pipe, a pressure of more than 125 psi).

Low-Stress lines are defined as having a nominal diameter of 8 5/8 inches or more, 2) being located within a half mile of an USA, and 3) operating at a maximum operating pressure corresponding to a stress level equal to or less than 20% of the SMYS (if the stress level is unknown, or the pipeline is not constructed with steel pipe, a pressure equal to or less than 125 psi). Operators are also given the alternative of running a could-affect analysis on the impact of their lines on an USA if the half mile buffer doesn’t fit their needs.

Descriptions of the pipeline GIS applications and services offered by New Century Software that can help an operator meet the new rules can be found on our Gathering and Hazardous Liquid Pipelines industry pages.

The final rule will go into effect on July 3, 2008. The task of identifying all segments of pipeline falling within the defined buffer of a USA is due before April 3, 2009.

View the final rules

New Century Employees Walk Through the Night at Relay for Life

A group of employees and their family members spent last weekend participating in an all-night walk to raise money and awareness for the Relay for Life event. The team raised $2,855 for the American Cancer Society, who organizes the event, and ranked third place in team fundraising.

"Walking this many miles in the dead of night provides a great opportunity to reflect on those people we’ve lost and on those who have survived their fight with cancer", remarked Kris Neese, one of the New Century team members. "Being able to contribute to this cause alongside my co-workers is one of the things that makes our company a great place to work."

Next on the community support calendar for New Century Software will be a Habitat for Humanity work day this August.

Inaugural User Conference Serves as a Sounding Board for Product Development and Company Initiatives

Ideas were shared and alliances forged at New Century Software’s inaugural User Conference. Held in Fort Collins, Colorado, the event drew representatives from seventeen different pipeline operating companies.

The sessions offered throughout the day included topics like pipeline GIS data management, ILI data loading, integrity management, and mapping output. Attendees were able to select the learning tracks that were the most relevant to their particular job functions. During sessions, clients presented questions to New Century’s development team and made software requests direct to the leadership team.

Since Fort Collins lies in one of the micro brewing hubs of the United States, clients were also treated to a tour of New Belgium Brewery on Tuesday afternoon and a local pool hall and pub was reserved for Wednesday evening.

Plans are underway for a follow-up conference on October 22-23 in Houston. The event will be hosted by DCP Midstream who has generously offered the necessary meeting space. Details on the conference will follow soon.

New Century Software to Sponsor GeoGathering Conference in Estes Park, CO

New Century Software has signed on as a Platinum Sponsor and holds membership on the planning committee for the GeoGathering Conference to be held June 2nd and 3rd in Estes Park, Colorado. GeoGathering is an event dedicated to providing oil and gas gathering system professionals a venue to share their experiences and best practices with geospatial information while learning about current industry regulations and GIS solutions. The venue is held in the beautiful mountain town of Estes Park, which serves as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Free Online Seminar Discussing Gas HCA Analyst to be Held on May 20

New Century Software has scheduled an online demonstration of the Gas HCA Analyst application for Tuesday, May 20th, at 2PM CST. Gas HCA Analyst was designed to identify Class Locations and High Consequence Areas as defined by the DOT. The application is easy to configure and allows for a variety of “what if?” scenarios to be run.

During this one-hour presentation, we'll review HCA regulations, discuss data acquisition strategies, demonstrate the various methods used by this application to identify HCA's, and open the line for a question and answer session.

New Century Software to sponsor and attend the AGA Operations Conference May 14-16 in Phoenix, AZ

According to the AGA website, “The annual AGA Operations Conference is the natural gas industry’s premier gathering of natural gas utility and transmission company operations management from across North America and the world for the sharing of technical knowledge, ideas and practices to promote the safe, reliable, and cost-effective delivery of natural gas to the end-user. The Operations Conference is AGA’s largest forum with nearly 500 in attendance, including 80 speakers, and over 100 technical presentations that run the gamut of topics, such as gas measurement, operations advocacy, safety, environment, storage, engineering, construction and maintenance, gas control, supplemental gas, corrosion control and plastic materials.”

As a Silver Sponsor for this year’s event, New Century Software will be on hand to discuss GIS solutions of natural gas transmission pipelines and how these solutions can be adapted to meet the pending Distribution Integrity Management (DIM) regulations.

Deep Sea Viewer to be Highlighted at Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston May 5-8

The revolutionary Deep Sea Viewer application, which allows offshore pipeline operators to view GIS data and ROV video surveys simultaneously in an online environment, will be the focus for New Century Software at the OTC conference in Houston. Working in partnership with a major offshore oil producer, we developed this application to help operators make more informed risk and asset management decisions. The application utilizes ArcIMS to provide web-based access to PODS database reports, GIS maps, alignment sheets, and streaming ROV video survey taken during underwater surveys.

Visit booth 11118 at OTC to learn about New Century’s offshore pipeline GIS solutions and to view a demonstration of Deep Sea Viewer.

Ron Brush to present on using ArcGIS for Spatial Risk Assessment at the ESRI Business Summit on April 30

Ron Brush of New Century Software and Chris Stachura with BP will be making a presentation at the ESRI Business Summit being held April 27-30 in Chicago. The presentation, “Using ArcGIS for Spatial Risk Assessment,” is part of the risk management and business continuity learning track. ArcGIS can be used to perform spatial risk analysis for diverse business GIS needs ranging from major utilities to real estate. Drawing from an example pipeline operator, this presentation will focus on the business case, benefits and general process of doing GIS-based risk analysis. The presentation describes types of geospatial data that is used for risk assessment with sample risk formulas. It includes a brief software demonstration using multiple data sources and tabular, GIS and chart-based reporting. The presentation will also describe how this technique may be applied to diverse business needs such as insurance and real estate site selection. Spatial risk assessment will become a common practice in the future and this presentation will help users understand the benefits of this innovative approach.

New Century Software to Exhibit at API Pipeline Conference in Orlando

This year’s API Pipeline Conference is scheduled for April 8-10 in Orlando, Florida. As an official show sponsor, New Century Software will be on hand to answer questions about its GIS mapping, data management, and integrity management solutions for pipeline operators.

New Century Presents at Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference

On March 11, 2008, 1 in Seattle, WA, New Century Software President Ron Brush made a presentation describing a powerful technique that utilizes GIS spatial data in risk analysis, using proximity in the analysis and eliminating the need to pre-process spatial data. This new approach introduces new opportunities to use GIS data that has been difficult to use such as one-call, soil, non-crossing foreign lines, GPS collected data, etc. Spatial risk assessment can be used for gas and electric utilities as well as water and wastewater systems.

Register for a March 27 web seminar on creating alignment sheets from your pipeline GIS

On Thursday, March 27, New Century Software will be hosting an online demonstration of its SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner applications. The one-hour presentation is designed for oil and gas pipeline operators that are interested in examining new GIS mapping solutions.

SheetCutter is designed to generate alignment sheets and area maps from a pipeline GIS implementation. After being successfully implemented in over 25 client sites, the application serves as one of New Century’s flagship products. TemplateDesigner enables SheetCutter users to create their own alignment sheets and area maps instead of relying on costly outsourcing options.

New Century Software’s User Conference will be held June 4th in Fort Collins, CO

The 2008 User Conference for New Century Software clientele will be held June 3-5 in Fort Collins, CO. Hosted at the Marriot, the User Conference will be an opportunity for New Century clients to collaborate on how they generate alignment sheets, maintain data, and manage their pipeline integrity management programs using our suite of GIS applications.

In addition to training by our development team and idea sharing with peers in the industry, New Century will preview upcoming new applications and enhancements. The event will offer fun opportunities to explore this unique northern Colorado town. Fort Collins is known for its great breweries, relaxed atmosphere, and outdoor lifestyle.

Additional details will follow as the event date approaches.

ESRI Petroleum User Group Conference (PUG)

New Century Software will be exhibiting February 25-26 at the PUG conference in Houston, TX. The event is one of the premier GIS conferences in the oil and gas industry. In addition to exhibiting, on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, New Century will co-present with BP Pipelines on the Mardi Gras Offshore Transportation GIS.

Rebranding Launch for New Century Software

New Century Software will unveil a new logo, website, literature, and other related changes at ESRI’s PUG Conference the week of February 25th in Houston. According to President Ron Brush, “Though we have a fresh look, there is no change in our ownership or core business, and our mission, ‘Safer energy transportation through the application of GIS technology,’ remains steadfast.” In addition to a new logo, New Century has adopted the brand promise, Raising your Return on Integrity, reflecting the commitment to our customer’s success. “The solutions New Century provides are focused on achieving our customer’s business objectives in terms of regulatory compliance and financial performance,” stated Brush. “It is the trust and confidence that comes with knowing you have chosen a proven partner that will give you a greater return for every dollar invested.”

Version 6.2 of SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner Released

The development team at New Century Software released a new version of the SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner applications this week. These applications are part of New Century’s GIS mapping solution suite and assist oil and gas pipeline operators with generating alignment sheets and area maps.

Clients were emailed detailed release notes along with instructions on how to upload the new version of the applications. For a copy of either document, please email support@newcenturysoftware.com.

Robert McElroy Promoted to Vice President of Sales & Marketing

New Century Software has named Robert McElroy as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In this role, he will develop and manage all sales and marketing programs including application and service promotion, client relations, trade shows, and customer focused programs. Before joining New Century Software in February, 2007, McElroy worked for major integrated energy companies including ConocoPhillips, Phillips Petroleum, Tosco, and Unocal in a variety of pipeline engineering, construction, operations, and business development roles. Most recently, Mr. McElroy was Vice President for Kaneb Pipe Line Partners during which time he served in leadership with the Association of Oil Pipelines. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and is a licensed professional engineer.