July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

Features

Effectively Using New Data Technologies for Pipeline Routing

Oil and gas companies are using information technologies and resources now accessible on desktops for planning new pipeline routes. Technologies and resources include geographic information systems (GIS), mobile information technology, satellite imagery, topographic maps, environmental data and tax data. GIS creates a platform upon which data from multiple sources can be organized into a simple format, allowing companies to determine the best and most effective route. With satellite imagery, one can regularly see existing pipeline corridors that could provide potential routes as well as areas to be avoided, such as buildings, neighborhoods and lakes. Satellite imagery is available in high

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