Category Archives: Autumn 2019

A Word from The Boss

Bringing  together data, systems and people

Welcome to our Autumn newsletter for 2019!

The other day I was asked in a presentation how does everyone at Mipela get their work done? I replied we are a “dogfooding” organisation.

Eating your own dog food, also called dogfooding, occurs when an organization uses its own product.This can be a way for an organization to test its products in real-world usage. Hence dogfooding can act as quality control, and eventually a kind of testimonial advertising. Once in the market, dogfooding demonstrates confidence in the developers’ own products.

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From marketing and sales, to solutions, to support, to products, to admin, to the board, everyone at Mipela truly believe that using the X-Info suite makes them more productive, their work more enjoyable, and their workdays less stressful by connecting our data, systems and people. What is fascinating about the latest release of X-Info WebConnect, we believe that the web browser based Activities are allowing Mipela to:

  • Encourage fact-based, decision making
  • Empower individuals and teams to be inter-dependent
  • Encourage productive use of valuable time and our resources
  • Increase trust, accountability, and visibility of completing our daily tasks
  • Create a good feedback loop of where we are at, so we can look to continuously improve

This also allows us to test the latest versions of our products in real life usage to validate before it’s released, enabling proactive resolution of potential inconsistency or dependency issues, which is a humbling process.

In closing, I’m excited to welcome Wil Waters who joins our Solutions Team in Adelaide and Erin Johnston as Support Specialist in Brisbane HQ and the new following clients Allwater, Ausgrid, Kestrel Coal Resources, Oilfield Pipeline Systems, Rural City of Wangaratta, The Shell operated QGC venture and TransLink to the Mipela Family as we continue with our purpose of Connecting People with Information. #wellplayed

Hayden McDonald

Managing Director

There’s no watering down the importance of DBYD responses at Allwater

Allwater operates and maintains metropolitan Adelaide’s water, wastewater and recycled water systems for SA Water under a joint venture contract. SA Water and Allwater work closely together, collaborating on strategy and sharing skills and expertise to manage water services across metropolitan Adelaide. In conjunction with SA Water, Allwater is committed to supplying excellent and affordable water services to Adelaide metropolitan customers.

In late 2018 Allwater chose Mipela’s X-Info Plans Management software to provide their field crews and their client, SA Water, with a tool to automate the collation of all DBYD inquiry responses into a single repository.

For both Allwater and SA Water this meant:

  • Transparency of responses across crews
  • Improves compliance
  • Reduces time of skilled staff doing repetitive administration work
  • Ease of use for across office and field staff
  • Reduces project planning risk
  • Access to necessary data to allow planning by a wider group

The Mipela Implementations team rolled out X-Info Plans Management swiftly and with simple training, allowing Allwater to start using the software immediately.

IT Manager, Don Taylor said, “The team still lodge their enquiries with DBYD as they have in the past, but now receive a single notification to let them know all responses are ready for viewing through the X-Info Plans Management portal, where they can access all responses, maps, documents and associated communications. They can even check the details and status of each job in the portal on any device at any time – even before the final responses are in. It also allows other people to access the same data. This saves time and confusion for the planning and dispatch teams.”

With X-Info Plans Management, Allwater saves precious time collating hundreds of response emails each day, eliminating possible errors caused by human intervention and significantly reducing the processing time for each DBYD enquiry.

Tanami Gas Pipeline data integrity and materials traceability

Sentanil System’s Construction Management System (CMS) was a key tool used in the management of the pipeline Quality Assurance and Quality Control requirements of the recently completed 440 km Tanami Gas Pipeline in Northern Territory.

Newmont Mining Corporation engaged Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) to build a gas pipeline to supply gas to its Granites and DBS mines, approximately 550km north-west of Alice Springs. This 440km pipeline follows the alignment of the Tanami Road, passing through a mix of pastoral land, Aboriginal freehold land and Crown land to connect the existing Amadeus Gas Pipeline to Newmont’s Tanami gold mines. It provides Newmont with the ability to use cost effective, reliable and cleaner gas fired power generation in place of existing diesel power generation.

AGIG contracted MPC Kinetic to construct the pipeline, which commenced early in June 2018, and was essentially completed by the end of December 2018. MPC Kinetic engaged Sentanil Systems for the use of the CMS system and associated support for the pipeline construction.

It was a challenging project due to the remoteness, associated limited communications infrastructure and the fast pace of construction. Two mainline crews working simultaneously usually a few hundred kilometres apart and the stringent MDR validation requirements following each hydro test section. Hence it was important to collect the right and relevant data in the field by the inspectors on the intelligent handheld data or scan units, using our data capture program. The program has recently been enhanced to enable intelligent lookups based on other linked lookups (eg. electrode batches and welding procedures) and also provides the ability of GPS data capture at the same time, if required.

Key QA/QC activities and statistics

CMS was also used extensively to produce many of the MDR report requirements, which were subject to extensive third party validation immediately following completion of the 8 hydro test sections. CMS was used to produce the weekly progress ‘Rainbow’ charts.

The CMS project data has been integrated with the survey and other locational related data, and uploaded into AGIG’s corporate X-Info Suite, GIS, Land Management, DBYD and AS2885 systems to provide ongoing support for the operations and maintenance phase of the pipeline.

Sentanil would like to thank AGIG and MPC Kinetic for their valued support during all phases of this very successful project.

Sentanil is one of Mipela’s sister companies.

Release of X-Info Connect v5.1.1

A Version 5.1.1 of X-Info Connect has recently been released that includes some additional features available in both X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect.

Printing from Activities Tabs

Printing is now available for the Activities module for search results, object layouts and overviews. The print button will be enabled in the toolbar when printing is available for the activity. Some layout elements may not be printable, such as buttons and pop-up windows.

Printing from X-Info WebConnect allows the current page or all pages to be printed when tabular data is presented. A print preview or pdf will be generated in a new tab or can be opened in a pdf viewer, depending on the browser.

Linking directly from external sources

A URL can be defined to link directly to X-Info WebConnect from an external source, such as from a link within an email, a link from another object field in X-Info Connect or X-Info WebConnect or a hotlink from a map. The link will navigate users directly to an object or activity within the connection via their default browser. Users may need to login if X-Info WebConnect if they don’t already have it open.

 

Incident management and risk analysis of Australasia’s pipelines

The protection of valuable pipeline assets weighs heavily on the minds of both asset owners and operators. The costs associated with damaged or inoperable assets can run into the millions of dollars in material, labour and lost revenue costs, along with impacts on health and wellbeing.

In 2014, Mipela implemented X-Info Connect for the APGA (Australian Petroleum and Gas Association’s) POG (Pipeline Operators Group) to capture the necessary information needed to analyse and inform operators about pipeline incident trends, including data relevant to AS2885. With a web enabled interface (X-Info WebConnect), operators are able to securely log in via an Internet browser and record incident or near miss data with relative ease.

Pipeline owners and operators need to record and analyse information about pipeline incidents in order to understand how they can better protect assets and prevent these incidents from occurring.

A recent upgrade of X-Info WebConnect to version 5.1 has enabled the Activities function to simplify use of the system. This way a user sees only what they need to see in order to perform their tasks. Users can now create an event, find an existing event and look up incident history by case with data going back to 1965.

Steve Dobbie, Business Manager at APGA said, “Over time, this data can be used to detect the existence of spatial patterns in the occurrence of incidents, enabling operators to undertake risk mitigation strategies. The more operators that contribute to the database, the more meaningful the data becomes”.

Tips and Tricks

X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1.1

Q1: What is the difference between Legacy X-Info WebConnect and X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1?

A1:  X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1 utilises the Activities set up in X-Info Connect to provide users with easy access to the common processes or tasks they use X-Info Connect for. Activities are common things a user does in X-Info Connect, such as finding a work request, adding a communication, updating contact details and assigning jobs to users.

With the use of Activities we can set up overviews, dashboards, reports as well as design activities for specific users to manage their processes and workflow. Making their daily tasks more simplified by removing the additional steps and information that don’t need to be seen.

Q2: Can I revert back to X-Info WebConnect Legacy?

A2:  Of course! Select the Go to Legacy X-Info WebConnect button in the top right corner of the browser and this will take you back to Legacy X-Info WebConnect.

Q3: What will happen if I don’t have any Activities set up?

A3:If you don’t have any activities set up, Legacy X-Info WebConnect will automatically open instead.

If you would like further information or assistance please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.

Something GISsy

Tenement mapping WA

Mipela GeoSolutions has a team available for its clients to provide everyday GIS services. Clients such as Arrow Energy, ElectraNet, Jabree, METSERVE, Origin Energy and Viva Energy – to name a few – utilise these services.

Our GIS Specialists are able to assist with special project work, day to day mapping, large format map printing or backup support for overloaded GIS teams. We provide our clients with access to our job management tool (using X-Info Connect of course) to provide traceability and revision tracking for data and mapping jobs.

Some of the work this team does includes:

  1. Route selection
  2. Compliance reporting
  3. Pre feasibility assessments
  4. Bushfire analysis
  5. Alignment sheet updates
  6. Access Maps and IVMS Data Validation
  7. EIS, Social Studies and EIA Reporting.

Staff stuff

Justin Fielke Mipela Wantok annual PRIDE award recipient – Sebastien Hansmar

For the second year in a row, another Support Team member has taken out the Annual Wantok Pride Award! Sebastein (Seb) was nominated three times throughout 2018 for his teamwork and customer service. Congratulations to Seb and the Support team for your continuous hard work and commitment to supporting Mipela, both internally and externally.

Seb received a beautiful crystal trophy and a travel gift voucher.

New team members
Wilfred Waters – Solutions Specialist (Adelaide)

Wilfred (Wil) is a geospatial analyst with over 7 years of experience across four countries (Australia, Cambodia, Kuwait & Qatar). While he is new to Mipela, he is no stranger to his Team Leader, Dirk, whom he worked with back in 2011-12 on the GLNG project.​ His travelling has afforded him some very unique life experiences, most recently having cycled from Bulgaria to Washington DC in 89 days. Highlights during this recent trip were seeing the start of the Tour de France and visiting L’Anse aux Meadows where the Old Norse landed after a six day sailing trip from Iceland via Greenland.

Erin Johnston – Support Specialist (Brisbane)

Originally from America, Erin moved to Australia in 2007. She has two daughters who keep her quite busy and equipped with a lot of great stories to tell! Erin has a broad support and training background having worked in application support/ training and application administration for over 15 years. If you ever get her on the phone, ask her to tell you a story about her escapades as part of Team NASA – her team for the annual Queensland Variety Bash which consists of Erin, her husband and their 1965 XP Falcon.

Recent events

Mipela’s Corporate Raceday

Saturday 30 March marked the tenth Mipela corporate raceday held at Doomben race track. The weather was hot and humid, it poured rain but no one’s spirits appeared dampened by the conditions.

In keeping with tradition, everyone contributed to the last race with the intent that the winnings would go to a deserved charity. As it turned out, Lady Luck had left the building and there was no prizemoney to be had so Mipela matched the donation by the room and donated $1,500 to the Royal Flying Doctors anyway.

APGA NZ annual Seminar and Golf Day

Mipela was pleased to once again support the APGA New Zealand Seminar and Annual Golf Day held in New Plymouth on 28 February as a major sponsor.

We would sincerely like to thank Anthony Joines of First Gas for presenting their Lands Management solution during his presentation.

Mipela GeoSolutions has long been a supporter of APGA. The knowledge share fostered through this organisation is truly impressive. We commend APGA’s expansion into New Zealand and are excited to see their membership in the region grow.

Upcoming events

Mipela will be sponsoring the upcoming YPF (Young Pipeliners Forum) event in Brisbane on Friday 17 May. This event will kick off with one of the now famous Mipela Treasure Hunts across Fortitude Valley before participants will meet for some hard earned refreshments at a mystery location. Be sure to keep an eye out as numbers are limited.

Also keep an eye out for some upcoming User Group sessions coming to major cities across Australia in coming months. Dates will be announced soon.