Key Business Process Support
Gas Distribution operators support many different and complex aspects of the gas distribution business to satisfy internal and external standards and regulatory issues. GDO is designed to be integrated into the engineering and operational business processes of gas distribution operators. GDO has 20 business applications that support the daily life cycle processes and tasks.
Gas Distribution Office Base
The GDO base model includes fundamental applications such as Business Rules, Network Trace Manager, Dimensioning Tools, Work Flow Manager, Environmental Contaminants, and Common Office (IPA) productivity tools. GDO base provides a substantial foundation for all other applications that are available for GDO.
Compliancy and Integrity
The following applications are used throughout many of the different business processes that GDO supports:
Organizational Hierarchy models a virtual organization within the GDO spatial environment.
Compliance Manger satisfies day to day inspection, maintenance and compliance programs.
Public Awareness manages communications to the public about company activities and is API 1104 compliant.
Cathodic Protection Manager models and manages Cathodic systems, readings, analysis and reporting functions.
Protection & Safety Zones are used to manage encroachment of utility assets including gas mains and service lines.
Compliance Manager and Associated Modules define and schedule your organization's compliance inspection activities to help ensure compliance and help identify remedial and maintenance requirements. Compliance Manager enables you to specify the types of objects that compliance activities target, track the progress of these activities, and schedule re-inspections, if necessary.
Data Maintenance is a key process for gas distribution operators. The ability to maintain current, accurate, complete, traceable, high quality data is at the root of support for all other processes. GDO supports the data maintenance processes, utilizing a variety of different tools to easily maintain asset data, load asset and GPS data, maintain quality, and manage extremely large amounts of related data, all driving towards reducing data maintenance costs through integrated business processes and automated tools.
Survey Points Manager Is used to import survey points from Comma Separated Value (CSV) files, and to use that data to create and manage centerline geometries (for example, pipe segments) and point objects (for example, valves). When a new section of pipeline is laid, or the GIS positioning of pipeline components is suspect, the absolute positioning of all objects can be found by carrying out a survey. The digital survey data can then be imported into your Smallworld Office Suite application and converted into geometry using Survey Points Manager.
Soils Data Loader specifies an aggregation range that defines the depth of the soil data you want to import (where Range from 0 = surface, and Range to n = depth underground, in Measure Units). For example, if you know that the proposed pipeline depth is 2 meters, you could import soil data from 1.5 to 2.5 meters. The Soil Data Loader analyzes three types of soil data within this depth range: soil type, water content, and pH.
GDO-GTO Synchronization Plugin is configured to synchronize transmission class distribution assets to GTO to support the in-depth risk and integrity management studies required by PHMSA. This is a single direction synchronization but allows for the complete management of these transmission class assets (promotion and de-motion of assets) throughout their life cycle.
Service Line Hierarchy is used for pipes that connect the gas main with the demand points or meters at the customer or household. Services are often constructed from a number of pipes that may have different materials or diameters and may be brought in at different times. It is common practice to build service stubs from the main to the curb and later connect them with the demand points. Different asset components make up the entire service line hierarchy, which is the entire connection of the service line from main to demand point. There are different and unique requirements on inspection cycles, regulatory scrutiny and risk assessment for the service line hierarchies.
The analysis applications provide the operator with direct access to information to support daily business processes. They are used to support emergency and non-emergency situations, risk analysis, work planning, routing, and calculations.
Gas Outage Analysis provides the operator with tools to preform planned and unplanned outage analysis scenarios. These scenarios can be saved and recalled, customers impacted by an outage are identified, and shut-in plans can be analyzed and refined. Analyze the gas distribution network around the potential work site to trace which valves need to be closed and which customers it will affect. Manage all the outage tasks that need to be carried out (helping to ensure that the gas can be shut off and turned on again as safely as possible). Generate reports with snapshots of the locations and addresses of affected customers, and export them and distribute them by e-mail.
One Call Analysis can import and geocode One-Call tickets (Call Before You Dig) then utilizing different analysis queries results can show specific types of tickets, open or closed tickets, clustering of tickets near assets, etc. These results can be used in several different business processes such as Risk Analysis, third party damage collections and survey patrol.
Leak Analysis allows the user to manage leak information, query leak information and provide to the user the data to help perform assessments on their assets. A complete leak history is maintained in GDO and the analysis results are used to support several business processes. These may include inspection and maintenance activities, risk analysis, leak management, and Cathodic protection management.
Route Manager provides the GDO user with powerful tools to manage work events that require routing and routing management. Use Route Manager to help to plan these activities, especially where a number of the same type of visits are made in one day or shift. These activities are typically related by asset type and by their similar natures.
Gas Ruler (Sizing Calculator) is used to perform simple network calculations. Two types of calculations are enabled:
Plan pipe: the dimensioning of short pieces of planned pipe that will extend your network (for example, the flow, diameter, inlet pressure or outlet pressure of the planned service line).
Trace pipe: the calculation of inlet pressure, outlet pressure or flow along the shortest path found along the traced network pipes.
Hydraulic Analysis interface provides the user with the ability to:
Create independent hydraulic calculation projects.
Generate one or more link-node calculation networks for each project, starting from the registered source network.
Optimize calculation networks for network calculations.
Export a generated calculation network, either completely or partially, to a specific hydraulic calculation package.
Organize your projects, networks and exports in a comprehensive tree structure.