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Do you know your pipeline's true identity?



The following is the second in a 3-part series to provide you with insight into how GDM Pipelines creates and distributes the industry’s leading oil and gas data products. Part 1 focused on the transformation of raw source data into comprehensive asset information.

In Part 2, we will get a deeper understanding of asset identity and how we define data.

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Pipeline data. What first pops to mind when you hear this? Status? Substance? Material? Operator? These are all important attributes that give us details about a pipeline’s operation. But, to truly understand the identity of a pipeline, we need to expand the definition of data.


A pipeline’s identity includes more than its basic attributes. It also incorporates the relationships, patterns and principles of its operation. To truly understand this, we need to know:

  • What assets are connected to the pipeline?

  • What factors make up the surrounding environment? Are there sensitive areas that may be impacted by a pipeline’s operation?

  • Are there transportation or water crossings along the pipeline’s route?

  • What is the population density in areas near the pipeline?

  • What historical operating conditions or incidents have occurred which could impact future performance of the pipeline?

Over the past 21 years, GDM Pipelines has incorporated these additional factors to create the most comprehensive repository of pipeline information available anywhere. The result is a complete picture of the “DNA” of an asset. It enables you to “know what you don’t know” about your assets. And, once you know your assets, it becomes easier to identify gaps and manage your risk.

Want to know more about the identity of YOUR pipelines? We’d love to hear from you!

Missed Part 1? Read it here.

And, stay tuned for Part 3, where we will discuss the various ways you can access GDM’s data.