Evaluating and analysing Pipeline Networks

The transition from the German land register to the new official geographic reference system ETRS89 in 2009 also has worldwide effects on users who work with this geodata. Asset data associated with supply disruptions also has to be transformed to this geographic reference system. TRAFO89 supports this transformation process through external software. Data migration is not required to carry out the transformation.

  • Analysis of the network topology and structure
  • Topology reports or aerial-related reports
  • Summary of pipeline network lengths for each district
  • Pipeline network areas are visualised in colour
  • Results can be filtered and exported in MS Excel

Product Description

Modules

The product line for the ITS Pipeline Network Analysis is comprised of different modules:

  • Pipeline-Analyser
  • Pipeline-Visualiser
  • Pipeline-Statistics.

Pipeline Analyser

The base module Pipeline-Analyser depicts materials, dimensions and pipeline fittings in their topolical order across a pipeline route. Starting at a specific network point (plant node, junction or endpoint), the route to the nearest node is analysed including the length, order of pipelines and their components as well as the house connections within this route.

Pipeline-Visualiser

The product Pipeline-Visualiser is an extension of the Pipeline-Analyser and evaluates branches of the pipeline network. In comparison to individual routes, branched networks don’t offer the metrication of individual network assets, but rather an analysis of connected network areas. The simplest variant of the Pipeline-Visualiser is the analysis of network areas in between valves, i.e. the smallest network area that can be isolated through valves. If these areas are displayed in different colours, field workers can easily identify the location of the nearest valve on a paper plot or in Lovion BIS when a disruption occurs. The GIS identifies house connections that are affected by a supply disruption. Larger network areas are called sections. By labelling valves as section valves (standard model of Smallworld sector-specific applications for gas and water), inspection and rinsing districts can be depicted.

Pipeline-Statistics

Pipeline-Statistics provides information on gas and water pipeline networks that is not directly related to the network topology. Pipeline-Statistics incorporates extensive lists of pre-configured reports and queries that can be selected via a menu and are exportable in various formats. In contrast to standard object queries in Smallworld GIS, these queries and reports don’t have to be configured before they can be used. Furthermore, Pipeline-Statistics collects data of various objects. For example, the statistics of pipe fittings also show the amount, material and dimenstions of connected pipelines. In addition, statistics can be displayed for the entire network or for parts of network areas. Pipelines that intersect with network areas are proportionally taken into account for the targeted network area. Using the aerial-based Pipeline-Statistics you can easily create work documents for individual districts, for example a list of hydrants. Furthermore, coordinates for points of interest, for example regarding sector-specific elevation points can be created and exported. The module Pipeline-Statistics also offers a printing function through Microsoft EXCEL. Exported lists are formatted using VBA-Makros and can be modified for various types of statistics. Special strengths of the solution lie in the combination of Pipeline-Visualiser and Pipeline-Statistics. The results of a Pipeline-Statistics report can be used for a network area that was topologically evaluated by the Pipeline-Visualiser.

For districts, a list of house connections can be exported containing the locations of hydrants or the total length of pipelines or materials and dimensions per street.