February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Features

New View on Oil and Gas Facilities

Spatial information – an object’s location, size, shape and relationship to other structures and objects – is an essential component in planning, constructing and operating energy facilities. In order to support efficient production and transport of oil and gas, energy producers must have accurate, timely information about structures, pipelines and other operating assets. Various forms of spatial data, ranging from 2-D maps and schematics to 3-D drawings, have long been familiar tools for engineers and plant operators. But gathering spatial information with sufficient accuracy and detail can be costly and time-consuming. Headquartered in Denver, CH2M has adopted a new approach, using a bl

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