July 2011, Vol. 238 No. 7

Features

Toward Better Pipeline Data Governance

“The map is not the territory.” – Alfred Korzibski On Sept. 9, 2010, a gas transmission pipeline rupture in San Bruno, CA killed eight people and caused extensive property damage. The subsequent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation revealed that some records in the operator’s Geographic Information System (GIS) were inaccurate and potentially affected events leading to the rupture. This spurred the NTSB to issue a call to operators requiring the extensive verification and validation of pipeline records. The subtext in all this is that regulatory agencies are deeply concerned about industry data management practices. Regulatory scrut

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