PipelineML SWG

1.    Purpose of this Standards Working Group

The purpose of the PipelineML SWG is to develop an open extensible standard to enable the interchange of pipeline data between parties, disparate systems and software applications without loss of accuracy, density or data resolution and without need for conversion between intermediate or proprietary formats. This standard is expected to leverage existing OGC standards such as GML and OGC Web Services.

2.    Business Value Proposition

The ability to effectively share and communicate pipeline data and related information is critical to providing better customer service, reducing risks, enhancing public safety, reducing environmental impacts, reducing operational costs, and enhancing the reuse and value of information assets related to the pipeline infrastructure.

For example, due to a number of high profile pipeline related incidents, such as the1994 Edison New Jersey; 1999 Bellingham, Washington; 2000 Carlsbad New Mexico; and 2010 in San Bruno, the amount of regulation in the pipeline industry has significantly increased[1]. This increase in the regulatory environment has increased the need for collecting, sharing, and using information related to the pipeline asset.

Conversely, the pipeline industry is faced with a plethora of non-interoperable technologies for Asset Information Management (AIM), including Simplistic Solution Architecture (RDBMS with Loosely Coupled GIS and Monolithic Software Products), Complex Storage Model (Elaborate engineering station point model), Incomplete Standards (Data Model with some metadata), Limited Spatial Accuracy and Granularity (Generalized Components with Engineering Station/Calibrated Centerline Locator), Low Interoperability (Data Converters, Exchangers, Bridges, etc.)

Given that the majority of pipeline data is location (geographically) based, the OGC is the proper forum for collaboration in defining and documenting one or more standards for sharing pipeline information.

Please note that this work represents the first step in Enterprise Products’ long term commitment to support the PODS Association, the OGC, the MOU between these two organizations, and pipeline operators in the initiative to define, create and mature a comprehensive set of open information standards for the pipeline industry.