DECATUR, Ala. – With growing and more complex federal regulations adding immense pressures to today's gas industry, 3-GIS, a global leading software solutions company, highlighted the release of a powerful leak survey management solution that effectively and cohesively assists a utility in monitoring the health of its gas infrastructure.
Specifically designed to address those regulatory pressures, 3-GIS Network Solution leverages a utility's existing GIS repository and provides leak survey tools that allow a gas utility to administer this activity both in the office and in the field.
"The gas industry is facing new and increasingly complex federal regulatory pressures on a near constant basis," said Tom Counts, 3-GIS' president and CEO. "Those pressures are why we're focused on offering the most efficient, comprehensive solutions possible for this area."
3-GIS provides the gas industry tools that are simple – reducing training and increasing adoption in the field, highly configurable – minimizing costly customization, light-weight – lessening the IT demands of the utility, and adaptable – able to fulfill multiple business needs.
For a gas utility's office personnel, 3-GIS Web provides browser-based data asset viewing and analysis tools that assist in leak survey assessment and management. Advanced query capabilities allow users to determine those mains due for survey. In preparation for a main's survey, a user may build a set of buffered polygons to be used in the verification of the field survey. Using 3-GIS Web's embedded work management tools, the mains and buffered survey areas can be assigned to a crew and then monitored. Supervisors can track discovered leaks through their resolution. Various leak reports can then be generated for compliance purposes.
3-GIS Mobile provides field personnel a wide variety of tools in support of leak survey activities. Leak surveyors can use 3-GIS Mobile to track their survey path in relation to the main to ensure proper protocols are followed. 3-GIS also allows a user to capture leak information efficiently as well as other relevant survey information, including the inability to inspect a meter or an abnormal operating condition. These survey events are then seamlessly transferred back into 3-GIS Web when the user is back in the office.
3-GIS' leak survey tools are a logical extension of its ongoing work as a strategic development partner of the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a research, development and training organization for the natural gas industry and energy markets. 3-GIS and GTI have previously collaborated on efforts to develop asset lifecycle tracking toolsets on tablet devices that leverage high accuracy GPS receivers and barcode scanners.
3-GIS' Chief Operating Officer, Jerry Golden noted, "GTI is the thought leader in technology for natural gas operators. Our partnership with them allows us to develop integrity management applications that help streamline specific key processes for the gas industry. Furthermore, working hand-in-hand with GTI helps us ensure we develop applications that directly respond to regulatory and commercial demands."
3-GIS Network Solutions leverage the latest in technology, a utility's investment in GIS data, and decades of industry experience to provide tools designed to meet a utility's pressing needs. In addition, 3-GIS Network Solutions have been designed to be simple to install, configure, and administer. Many utilities have been able to get 3-GIS Network Solutions deployed within a matter of days, with minimal training and IT support.
For more information on 3-GIS Network Solutions for leak survey management, visit the company’s website at www.3-GIS.com.
ABOUT GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE (GTI)
GTI is a leading independent research, development, and training organization. For more than 70 years, GTI has solved important energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions that create value for consumers, government, and industry. www.gastechnology.org.
3-GIS is a global leading innovator of smart geospatial solutions and proud recipient of the 2011 Esri Partner's Choice Award and the Esri Private Web Application Award. 3-GIS' product and service offerings for both desktop and field users takes complex GIS information and makes it easy to understand and fast to access from every level of the enterprise.