September 2016, Vol. 243, No. 9


GIS – Improving Pipeline Risk Assessment

While geographic information systems (GIS) have been around in commercial form since the early 1980s, subsequent technologies for data capture, storage and processing have improved rapidly in both resolution and scope. In terms of data capture, technologies that explicitly incorporate spatial referencing are often referred to as “GIS technologies.” Perhaps the most widely known are global positioning systems (GPS), initially a military technology that has become a fundamental part of our everyday lives, enabling geo-tagging of photographs, navigation, and registration of the location of specific pipeline assets, even girth welds. Increasingly, the benefit of GIS-based technology is being r

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