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Talent Solutions to Support the Implementation of a Gas Pipeline Tracking Application

Client: F500 Electricity & Gas Services Provider
The client is an energy utilities provider who chose to implement an off-the-shelf vendor application for gas pipeline asset tracking, evaluation, and integrity management. In order to integrate this application into the existing environment successfully, the client needed to perform extensive customizations to cater to their extensive pipeline footprint and complex series of technical interfaces.

The Challenge:

As the client began to implement the new gas pipeline asset tracking application, they quickly realized the scope of the challenge. They were ill-equipped to face the large-scale integration points including Maximo, GIS/Smallworld, and mass legacy data migrations, and would need to bring a wide range of qualified experts to assist.

The Solution:

The client chose to partner with Eliassen Group based on our proven ability to provide the niche and core technical resources that they would need, particularly for diverse and rare application delivery projects. We specifically had previous success customizing and delivering large-scale SDLC projects with heavy GIS ties for the client’s other lines of business to great satisfaction, as well as for other external clients.

Eliassen Group pulled multiple Technical SMEs together to build a team that would ultimately deliver the critical integrations, migrations, and customizations necessary to successfully implement the tool. ETL and Webmethods development ensured communication with critical applications such as Maximo for asset specifications and information and ensured accurate migration of legacy data. Eliassen provided a team of GIS techno-functional experts who oversaw successful integration across both pre-existing architecture and the client’s complex geospatially dispersed pipeline infrastructure.

The Result:

The team provided by Eliassen Group successfully customized, integrated, and delivered the GIS Pipelining Application. We delivered an array of SMEs including a Tech Lead, GIS Architect, QA Analysts, Webmethods Developers, Informatica ETL Developers, Business Analysts, and Full Stack Developers. These team members relied on their GIS expertise to efficiently and effectively manage and implement the requirements that were critical for success. The implementation of this application has allowed the client to geospatially monitor pipeline infrastructure with in-depth information pulled directly from Maximo Asset Management. The new capabilities provided therein have allowed the client to actively evaluate risk, accurately audit infrastructure to avoid compliance issues, and perform preventative maintenance on critical pipeline infrastructure. The client has reported significantly diminished service downtimes for the customer, generally reduced infrastructure issues, and a projected multimillion-dollar ROI resulting from savings derived from increased visibility into preventable pipeline break-fix expenses and enhanced compliance.

Highlighted Results

  • AGIS pipelining application successfully delivered
  • GIS application expertise provided at all levels of development
  • Severely diminished service downtimes for customers

Tools Used

  • GIS
  • Smallworld
  • Informatica
  • FME Spatial ETL
  • SQL
  • Java
  • Webmethods
  • XML

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