January 2019, Vol. 246, No. 1

Features

Pipeline Software Keeps Alberta Project Efficient Despite Mud, Cold

By Jason Rossback, Trimble, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif.   The landscape alone can challenge any pipeline project, but conditions reach extreme levels quickly when natural elements, such as thigh-deep mud and 40-below temps, intersect with the man-made constraints of a large-scale project encompassing thousands of joints, a fast timeline, multiple sections simultaneously under construction and no room for error.   McElhanney Geomatics Engineering, a provider of surveying, mapping and geomatics solutions in the oil and gas sector, faced all of these conditions and more when it started a 174-mile (280-km) pipeline project in northwest Alberta, Canada.   The project included laying a 24-inch pipe

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