News Archive 2012, Q3-Q4

SheetCutter Server Version 8.0 Now Available

New Century Software is pleased to announce that SheetCutter Server Version 8.0 is now available. SheetCutter Server is a server-based alignment sheet generator that works with the SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner applications to automatically generate new alignment sheets whenever changes occur in the database. This allows an operator to provide the most current alignment sheets to those who need them—when they need them. Operators interested in implementing an enterprise alignment sheet workflow can attend our free webinar on January 25th.

New Year’s Resolution #1: Implement an Enterprise Alignment Sheet Workflow

Kick-off the New Year with New Century Software on January 25, 2013 at 9:30 am (Mountain Standard Time) as we explore what it takes to implement an enterprise alignment sheet workflow. Generating an alignment sheet is only part of the solution to getting accurate maps into the hands of end users. There are four major steps: create the template; generate the sheets, keep the sheets up to date; and share the information with end users. New Century Software has developed a streamlined workflow that will produce consistent outputs, decrease production time and improve efficiency. The presenter will also highlight some of the newest features within the SheetCutter & TemplateDesigner 8.0 release.

The presenter will discuss different industry scenarios such as:

  • How to handle matchlines in conjunction with as-built / line relocation workflows
  • How the new features in TemplateDesigner will facilitate delivery of alignment sheet documents required by your customers.
  • Best practices for delivering alignment sheet documents to the enterprise.

With an enterprise solution you can accomplish the following:

  • Increase efficiency
  • Provide consistent outputs
  • Empower decision-making
  • Decrease production time

Who Should Attend:

  • Operators only
  • Transmission & Gathering operators, involved in new construction, loading new acquisition or survey data, or performing annual maintenance.
  • GIS Managers & Analysts
  • Integrity Managers
  • IT Managers

To request a link to this webinar, please visit our Recorded Webinars page.

New Century Software Announces Simultaneous Product Enhancements to Streamline Alignment Sheet Generation

SheetCutter and TemplateDesigner are industry-proven applications used by many of the leading oil and gas companies to produce consistent and fast alignment sheets.

FORT COLLINS, Colorado. (December 10, 2012) — New Century Software announces the release of SheetCutter 8.0 and TemplateDesigner 8.0, industry leading tools for generating alignment sheets from a pipeline GIS implementation within an Esri ArcMap environment. The new release of these sister applications includes significant enhancements to the workflow that pipeline operators and engineering firms experience when generating alignment sheets from a pipeline GIS. During the pipeline planning and construction process, many companies need to generate sheets that can be used to acquire necessary permits. These sheets typically contain information about the pipeline and the features it is intersecting, such as roads, property boundaries, or waterways. SheetCutter 8.0 and TemplateDesigner 8.0 make this process easier.

With this release, users can dynamically create definition queries during sheet generation. These queries filter data from specified layers to control what SheetCutter displays and reports from sheet to sheet, thus giving the user more control over the output. SheetCutter also provides a consolidated Chart band that lets users select whether they want data displayed in line, point, or chart format. They can even dynamically generate elevation charts using raster or the USGS Query Web Service, or plot point pipeline features on the chart, such as plotting crossing on a profile chart, in the same Chart Band. The Save Settings feature brings tremendous value for those who are managing many SheetCutter projects.

Read the full press release: Enhancements to Streamline Alignment Sheet Generation

Give the Gift of Life: New Century Employees Donate

Give the Gift of Life: New Century Employees Donate On November 30, 2012 the New Century Software team organized a local blood drive. Over 20 employees donated along with neighboring offices. Ron Brush, President of New Century Software commented, “according to the American Red Cross website 1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. Give the gift of life this Season.”

GeoGathering Announced! Developing a Data Strategy: Data Collection & Sharing

December 6, 2012. Colorado. The GeoGathering 2013 conference will take place in beautiful Colorado Springs at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort on August 21-22, 2013. This year’s theme focuses on how operators collect and share information about their assets to increase operational safety and improve pipeline decision making.

Acquisitions and fast growth in the gathering industry are forcing operators to develop a data strategy and take a deeper look at all aspects of data – from how it is collected to making it available to the decision makers. It means looking at data from a much different perspective than before.

GeoGathering provides a collaborative venue for oil & gas gathering system and upstream operators to share their experiences and learn from others. Learn more about the conference details at http://www.geogathering.com.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s conference, please submit a presentation abstract at the GeoGathering website today. Deadline for submissions is January 30, 2013. Recommended topics include (full list posted on the website):

  • PHMSA MAOP Strategies
  • Developing a Data Sharing Strategy
  • Collection Methods to Meet Requirements
  • Data Sharing: GIS as an Enterprise
  • Organizing Data for Decision-Makers
  • MAOP & Collecting the Right Data
  • Acquisitions & Validating the Data
  • Environmental Permitting: Collection & Management of the Data
  • Data Security and the Cloud
  • Field & Office Data Strategies

Who should attend?

  • Senior Management / Project Managers
  • Integrity Management Specialists
  • GIS Professionals
  • Field Operations Coordinators
  • Engineers
  • Regulatory Compliance Personnel

New Century Software Webinar: Spill Impact Assessment

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MST

Learn more about Spill Impact Assessments

Canadian and US DOT regulations require integrity managers to complete spill impact analyses for tank farm storage facilities and pipelines. Understanding the topographical nature of tank farms and pipe corridors provides valuable information for ongoing emergency preparedness and design. This presentation will cover high density LiDAR in a spill analysis.

The presenter will also highlight a case study that calculated the containment capacity of tank berms and the modeling of three spill simulations—berm breach, manifold, and large volume spills. We shall also simulate a pipeline spill both overland spread and channel flow.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of using LiDAR for facility spill analysis.
  • Be familiar with workflow and lessons learned while performing facility spill analysis.
  • Learn about data requirements.
  • How can the analysis be used in Contingency and Spill response planning.
Who Should Attend:
  • GIS Analysts & Managers
  • Integrity Management Staff
  • Pipeline & Tank Designers
  • Environmental Specialists & Engineers
  • Right of Way Specialists
  • Integrity Engineers & Inspectors that continuously evaluate the pipe and facilities

GITA Oil & Gas Conference: New Century Software a Gold sponsor at GITA Oil and Gas Conference

The New Century Software team is exhibiting this week at the GITA Oil & Gas Conference in Houston, Texas and we hope to see you there! If you plan to attend, visit us at booth 402 to say hi and check out our latest product releases and maximize your GIS investment.

The New Century Software team will also be presenting:

  • Colby Smith - Increasing the Value of Your Inline Inspection Investment. On Tuesday, October 23rd in the Founders III room at 9:45am, Colby will discuss key components of the Inline Inspection (ILI) life cycle and how to maximize the value of this data. He will explore multiple techniques for integrating pipeline data with existing GIS to improve data quality. The discussion will also include different approaches for integrating ILI data over multiple tool runs and multiple years, as well as how to improve the quality of the data for use in operations and integrity
  • Sam Acheson will participate in the Wednesday morning plenary session with PHMSA’s Amy Nelson. Together they will discuss the latest regulations impacting the industry and demonstrate the solutions New Century Software has developed around operator submissions.

PHMSA Data Workshop

PHMSA has announced a public Pipeline Data Workshop to take place in Washington, DC on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30. The goal of this workshop is to summarize the data collected by the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) - who it's collected from, and why, how do stakeholders, including OPS, industry, and the public use the data, data quality improvement - past efforts and future opportunities, performance measures - how industry and PHMSA currently measure performance – how could these be improved and what additional data is needed?

There will also be discussion on best methods for collecting, analyzing, and ensuring transparency of additional data needed to improve performance measures. The event webpage has a preliminary agenda as well as online registration link. PHMSA does plan to webcast this workshop for those unable to attend in person. For additional information, contact Blaine Keener, blaine.keener@dot.gov.

GITA Oil & Gas Conference: Colby Smith to present Increasing the Value of Your Inline Inspection Investment

On Tuesday, October 23rd in the Founders III room at 9:45am, Colby Smith will discuss key components of the Inline Inspection (ILI) life cycle and how to maximize the value of this data. The presenter will explore multiple techniques for integrating pipeline data with existing GIS to improve data quality. The discussion will also include different approaches for integrating ILI data over multiple tool runs and multiple years, as well as how to improve the quality of the data for use in operations and integrity management.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn data integration techniques
  • Learn how to assess ILI data
  • How to approach using ILI data in innovative ways

Also, visit the New Century Software team at booth #402 to learn more about our company and view our latest product demos. If you would like to pre-schedule a demo before the conference, please contact us at info@newcenturysoftware.com.

Next week! International Pipeline Conference, September 24-28, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

New Century Software is gearing up for one of the biggest international pipeline conferences around. If you plan to attend, visit us at booth 706 and be sure to see our presentation: Spill Impact Assessment – Crude Oil pipeline ERCB license number 3353-1, presented by Gordon Gin & John Davis of Gibson Energy.

Room: Hyatt Walker/Bannerman room
Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 1:30 pm

Read the white paper

Private demos are available; email us if interested.

New Century Software releases enhanced version of Centerline Browser, a Web GIS tool for quick visual access of pipeline GIS data and networks

As an Esri ArcGIS Server application, Centerline Browser is an essential tool for pipeline operators who need to share PODS GIS data with a wide variety of users within the organization.

Powered by Microsoft Silverlight, this advanced web tool uses ArcGIS Server map services to provide oil and gas operators with a quick and easy way of viewing and analyzing maps, as well as sharing PODS-related pipeline and facility GIS data within their organization. This latest release of Centerline Browser enables management, operations, and integrity teams to perform a wide variety of tasks, such as finding addresses, viewing map alignment sheets, measuring areas and distances, and obtaining engineering stationing. Operators can also search the underlying PODS database to extract key data they need on the job. Search results can be displayed onscreen or exported for further review and reporting.

Read the full press release

National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) Update: NPMS has issued new HCA layers for Highly Populated Areas based on the 2010 Census

NPMS has made High Consequence Areas (HCA) layers available for Highly Populated Areas and Other Populated Areas on the NPMS web site. The new data is available for download and assists Operators with Integrity Management Plans. Please note: that the metadata associated with this data is included as an .XML file within the downloadable ESRI Shapefile link.

GITA Update: GITA's Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference Exhibit Only Passes

GITA is offering complimentary exhibit only passes to Operators. This hall pass allows you to walk the exhibit floor. Please note this pass does not give you access to the educational sessions. New Century Software is a Gold sponsor this year and exhibiting in booth #402.

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines is hosting our next webinar: Building, Maintaining, and Leveraging Your Enterprise Pipeline GIS

Join New Century Software on Tuesday, September 18th at 2:00 PM (EST) to learn how to maximize the value of your pipeline GIS. During this webinar the presenters will discuss best practices for building and extending your pipeline GIS, including a discussion on industry data models. Participants will explore common practices and concepts while maintaining the pipeline GIS.

Learn how specific analysis tools can utilize the valuable data you already have and streamline certain workflows and reporting requirements. The presenter will also demonstrate how operators can leverage the GIS to build value for the entire organization; empowering the right people with the right information to make better decisions.

Take this opportunity to learn more about:

  • Industry pipeline data models
  • Technologies available to support your enterprise GIS implementation
  • Available tools to improve workflows
  • How to integrate other services to enhance the GIS and data being used

Webinar: Hassle-free PODS Data Loading

Join New Century Software on Wednesday, August 29th at 10:00am (MST) to discuss our newest way to streamline the data loading process and reduce the historic challenges of loading data from multiple sources. The presenters will address the pitfalls that operators face when attempting to load data into a PODS database and how Express Loader will improve the overall process.

Key Topics

  • Learn how to create templates and increase efficiency.
  • Explore ways to quickly correct errors before the data is loaded.
  • Learn how to reduce the overall time you spend manually prepping and editing data.

Who Should Attend: Operators only. Transmission & Gathering operators, involved in new construction, loading new acquisition or survey data, or performing annual maintenance.

New Century to attend the Esri International User Conference

The New Century Software team will be attending the Esri International User Conference this July 23-27, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center. The team is excited to demo the suite of data management, integrity management and mapping tools, including our web-enabled alignment sheet generator. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more.