News Archive 2012, Q1-Q2

Webinar: Hassle-free PODS Data Loading

Join New Century Software to discuss the newest way to streamline the data loading process and reduce the historic challenges of loading the data from multiple sources. Presenters, Tony Lopez and Rich Henry, will address the pitfalls that operators face when attempting to load data into a PODS database, and how New Century’s newest tool will improve the overall process. The robust functionality of Express Loader specifically addresses industry concerns and creates a hassle-free workflow that companies can perform internally. Guest speakers, Scott Blumenstock & Jade Sheetz from Sunoco Pipeline will discuss the company’s need for a tool like this, and how it’s being used today. Learn more.

New Product: New Century Software Simplifies the Pipeline Data Loading Process

Fort Collins, Colorado. June 19, 2012. New Century Software announces the release of a new bulk data loading application that allows users to easily load a variety of pipeline data into a PODS (Pipeline Open Data Standard) database from multiple sources. This product is specifically tailored to help oil and gas operators involved with new construction, loading new acquisition data, survey data, and those performing annual maintenance.

Express Loader allows users to designate the data they want to load and where they want it stored in PODS. The robust functionality includes tools for mapping data columns and calculating and assigning linear referencing so the highest integrity of pipeline data is being loaded into the database. For ease of use, Express Loader offers a logical workflow and easy-to-read checklist that ensures all required steps are completed before starting the loading process. With its intuitive interface, users can quickly be productive. With Express Loader’s proprietary validation process, users can identify and correct data issues BEFORE loading, thereby improving pipeline data integrity.

Read the full release here

On its 18th birthday, New Century Software opens a third location to support long-term growth domestically and internationally

Fort Collins, Colorado. May 20, 2012. New Century Software, the leading provider of GIS integrity management solutions, announces a unique way to celebrate its 18th birthday this May - it is opening a new office in Calgary, Canada to support its goal of offering clients exceptional service in convenient geographic locations. The success of the company has allowed it to open two additional locations within the last year: Houston in May 2011 and Calgary in May 2012. This expansion allows New Century Software to better serve its clients while assessing market needs. Both locations are very strategic in nature, allowing the company to successfully identify and support clients in Houston, Texas and Calgary, Canada - both regional meccas of the Oil and Gas industry. Read the full press release.

PHMSA is issuing an Advisory Bulletin to remind operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities

PHMSA is issuing an Advisory Bulletin to remind operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities to verify their records relating to operating specifications for maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) required by 49 CFR 192.517 and maximum operating pressure (MOP) required by 49 CFR 195.310. This Advisory Bulletin informs gas operators of anticipated changes in annual reporting requirements to document the confirmation of MAOP, how they will be required to report total mileage and mileage with adequate records, when they must report, and what PHMSA considers an adequate record. In addition, this Advisory Bulletin informs hazardous liquid operators of adequate records for the confirmation of MOP.

*content source is from the PHMSA website

SGA: Advanced In-line Inspection Workshop, May 15-17, 2012 in Columbus, OH

Ron Brush, president of New Century Software presented on Information Integration & Records Management. Key discussion points included MAOP validation, Integrating above ground data with on pipe data, Effective use of GPS, Risk Assessment, Maintenance planning, Integrity Management, Re-inspection scheduling, and Quality assurance.

SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner Version 7.3.0 are now available

New Century Software is pleased to announce the latest release of SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner Version 7.3.0 are now available. SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner are easy-to-implement Esri ArcMap extensions that allow you to create and generate custom Alignment Sheets and Area Maps using data from multiple data sources, including pipeline databases, enterprise databases, and GIS feature layers. Release enhancements include:

  • Support for ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 SP3
  • New licensing capabilities to improve and enhance the user experience. This includes the addition of the Concurrent License Server, which is now hosted at the client site. This allows you to have full control of the license server for reporting on license usage and monitoring inactive license checkouts.

Learn more about SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner.

New Century Software’s RouteLoad Express Version 5.3.0 is now available

New Century Software’s RouteLoad Express Version 5.3.0 provides the ability to conveniently migrate and/or load data from multiple sources for integration into a PODS database. The major enhancements include an improved Load Statistics Report which includes additional information indicating that records were coalesced during the load process and support for ArcGIS Desktop 10.0.

Centerline Design Toolkit Version 4.2.0 is now available

The latest version of Centerline Design Toolkit Version 4.2.0 is now available. Centerline Design Toolkit is used to simplify common tasks that can be difficult to perform with complex geo-processing work flows, such as connecting GPS points to create a line, assigning 2D or 3D measures, and generating events with stationing. All of these tasks are necessary and now achievable in less time with this product.

Release enhancements include: Support for ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 SP3 and new licensing capabilities to improve and enhance the user experience.

PUG Presentation: Advanced Data Visualization for Integrity Management

Colby Smith, Director of Technical S&M will be co-presenting with Nustar Energy at the Esri PUG conference in Houston, TX on May 2, 2012. This presentation is scheduled for 10:30 in room Royal 310.

Abstract: The NuStar Energy integrity management program set out to configure a comprehensive integrity data sheet that accomplished two things: help identify gaps in the data availability and/or quality issues and allow Nustar Energy to generate customizable alignment sheets internally. Their success now allows them to have one document that acts as a catalyst for discussion about their pipeline’s bill of health.

Project scope includes identifying the data elements and systems that had the required data, creating the interfaces to import the data into the GIS environment, creating the consolidated data views to present the information to an alignment sheet, and configuring the software to use the existing data views. ArcMap and SheetCutter applications were utilized to help configure the alignment sheet template as well as generate the final documents. Esri ArcGIS Server was used to reveal the final products via the intranet. The presentation will discuss some of the challenges and unique solutions that were implemented.

Esri PUG Presentation: Geometric Networks for Pipeline Connectivity

Ron Brush, president of New Century Software will be co-presenting with DCP Midstream at the Esri PUG conference in Houston, TX on May 2, 2012. This presentation is scheduled for 9:00am in room Royal 310.

Abstract: Geometric Networks are a valuable and underutilized tool for gathering and transmission pipeline systems. This presentation will explain how a Geometric Network models pipeline connectivity and flow. It will explain how to create and manage a Geometric Network, how to perform analysis and some of the limitations to be aware of. Several uses for pipeline connectivity will also be discussed including data integration for integrity management, and capacity planning for new construction. This will be a technical presentation with a focus on important business uses for this Geodatabase technology.

Esri PUG Presentation: Data Mining: Maximize, Exhaust, Use and Profit from your PODS GIS Data

Sam Acheson, New Century’s Director of Software Engineering, will be presenting at the Esri PUG conference in Houston, TX on May 2, 2012. This presentation is scheduled for 11:00am in room Royal 310.

Abstract: It is estimated that eighty percent of corporate data is spatialized. With this comes an investment in the data – from pipeline integrity and maintenance, field inspections, events, to data fulfilling audit trail needs. But how much of this data is used to provide knowledge on the pipeline at an enterprise level? How often do Operators get useful data out of PODS? In the evolution of spatial data delivery, the best method for delivering this information is ArcGIS Server. This presentation will cover: how data collected by operators is being used – and not being used; methods to get data out of PODS; tools to view the data; and current technologies allowing data to be viewed in a variety of formats, with a variety of devices. This presentation will be interactive, and real time reports will be displayed. If you have a smartphone – make sure it’s with you.

Version 4.2.0 of New Century Software’s Gas HCA Analyst application is now available

New Century Software is pleased to announce that Version 4.2.0 of New Century Software’s Gas HCA Analyst application is now available. These enhancements include improved license capabilities and support for ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 SP 3.This application helps pipeline operators identify the location boundaries of High Consequence Areas (HCAs) and determine the Class Rating of segments of pipeline. In conjunction with the analysis results, Gas HCA Analyst has been enhanced to save detailed calculation information to a series of ArcGIS Feature Classes. This feature captures the details of the analysis allowing for project validation as well as comparing the results between analyses. Read more about Gas HCA Analyst.

Esri Business Partner Conference

The New Century Software Team travels to the Esri Business Partner Conference taking place in Palm Springs, CA on March 24-27th. This is an important conference that Esri states, "It's the yearly meeting place of Esri's global partners and distributors that are reshaping the world through the application of geospatial technology."

Webinar Part 1: Add Business Intelligence to Your Geometric Network

Join us on Thursday, April 12th at 1:00pm (MST) to learn how to save valuable time and increase your business intelligence with the newest New Century Software product: Geometric Network Synchronizer. Ron Brush, president of New Century Software and Colby Smith, Director, Technical Sales & Marketing, will provide an overview of what geometric networks are, as well as how to maintain and leverage multiple geometric networks simultaneously.

A useful tool for gathering and transmission operators, Geometric Network Synchronizer adds business intelligence to the geometric network by embedding attribute data into the geometric network. This combination of network connectivity and pipeline attribute data can then be used by companion analysis applications to enhance decision-making.

Join New Century Software on August 7-9, 2012 for our annual User Conference

Mark your calendars today and plan to join us in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado to learn and engage with the New Century Software team. This event is your opportunity to preview our next generation products and services, exchange best practices with other New Century Software clients, collaborate with our product and service delivery managers, and voice your opinion to our leadership team.

The conference is intended for both managers and end users of our products and services. There will be two tracks with sessions covering technical aspects of our product and business best practices.

Advanced In-Line Inspection: An SGA/Battelle/DNV Workshop

Ron Brush, president of New Century Software, will be presenting at the Advanced In-line Inspection workshop in Columbus, OH on May 15-17, 2012. This workshop provides operations and maintenance engineers in pipeline companies with the knowledge to establish and manage an intelligent pigging program that contributes optimum value toward improved pipeline integrity.

Webinar: Mapping Your Centerline

Join New Century Software on Thursday, February 23rd at 9:00 am (Mountain Standard Time) to discuss how Centerline Design Toolkit is tailored to help oil and gas operators increase the accuracy and integrity of GIS pipeline data. Mr. Colby Smith, Director of Technical Sales & Marketing will discuss the history behind creating this product, why it is important, and the value it brings to any user.

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North American Oil & Gas Pipelines Magazine Featured article:

Baseline Integrity Management by Todd Porter, vice president of New Century Software
Published by North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

I’ve had a number of discussions over the course of 2011 related to determining the accuracy of pipeline position. The basic question of “How accurate is my pipe centerline?” persists. My background is deep rooted in navigation and positioning, and all the survey systems and methods that wrap around the technology to provide accurate position information for a feature, structure or events. In this article, I’ll provide perspective on the pipeline positioning spectrum: the technologies, methods and value to the ultimate goal of safe and reliable delivery of hydrocarbon energy through pipeline integrity management (PIM), as well as the processes for assessing and mitigating pipeline risks in order to reduce both the likelihood and consequences of incidents. As industry professionals, we understand PIM as a systematic, comprehensive process designed to provide information to effectively allocate resources for appropriate prevention, detection and mitigation activities. Simply stated, this involves extensive spatial (where), geometric (what), condition (when), repair (how) and hopefully not the “who” when an incident takes place. Any valid baseline includes accurate position of the pipeline.

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New Product Release: New Century Software Releases Geometric Network Synchronizer

Operators using PODS gathering systems & complex transmission pipeline systems can now automatically keep multiple geometric networks synchronized

New Century Software announces the release of its new product, Geometric Network Synchronizer. Geometric Network Synchronizer is both an Esri ArcMap extension and a server component that builds and maintains geometric networks that are connected to a pipeline network in a PODS database. This product is ideally suited for PODS gathering systems and complex transmission pipeline systems.

The Geometric Network Synchronizer adds business intelligence to geometric networks by embedding attribute data into the networks. The combination of network connectivity and pipeline attribute data can then be used by companion analysis applications to enhance decision-making. For example, the New Century Software Gas HCA Analyst tool uses the data for class location analysis.

Read the full release.

New Century Software is pleased to announce that Version 4.1.0 of New Century Software’s Gas HCA Analyst application is now available

Gas HCA Analyst tool is an Esri ArcMap extension designed to address three important regulations:

  1. Class Location Determination
  2. High Consequence Area Identification
  3. Regulated Onshore Gathering Line Determination

This application helps pipeline operators identify the location boundaries of High Consequence Areas (HCAs) and determine the Class Rating of segments of pipeline. In conjunction with the analysis results, Gas HCA Analyst has been enhanced to save detailed calculation information to a series of ArcGIS Feature Classes. This feature captures the details of the analysis allowing for project validation as well as comparing the results between analyses. Read more about Gas HCA Analyst.

New Century Software Announces the Release of a New Product

New Century Software announces the release of a new product suite that streamlines the process of creating a pipeline centerline and simplifies the tasks associated with linear referencing. Centerline Design Toolkit is a robust and easy-to-implement Esri ArcMap extension that adds to the already large portfolio of software products tailored to help oil and gas operators increase the accuracy and integrity of GIS pipeline data.

Read the full release on Centerline Design Toolkit.

Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011

After almost two years of discussion and numerous oversight hearings in both chambers of Congress, the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 was passed. Learn more about the Act. New Century Software is able to assist operators in complying with several of the new provisions including expanded TIMP requirements, changes in NPMS submissions, expanded regulation on gathering lines, and changes to MAOP requirements, including records validation.