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Overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer systems that allow a person to map or model large amounts of data based on location. The technology allows users to create multi-layered maps that can track multiple types of data. These systems are able to do this by using coordinates listed in a table, or by using satellite data, and different sets of data can be layered on top of each other.  In the oil and gas industry, GIS is extremely useful when mapping out long pipelines or determining spacing between different drill sites, among other things. GIS technology is used in a number of other industries.

 

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              National Transportation Safety Board, January 27, 2015

              The National Transportation Safety Board today adopted a safety study on integrity management of gas transmission pipelines in high consequence areas. Integrity management is the process by which pipeline operators and inspectors find and address potential problems before they result in accidents.


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