Category Archives: Spring 2018

A Word From the Boss

Solving our clients’ needs

In this edition we provide a wrap up of the first Oceanic Damage Prevention Conference (ODPC) on the Gold Coast, our recent X-Info User Group meeting in Brisbane, a sneak peak of the X-Info Aware Version 2.4 release,  the development of the Australian Safety Management Study under AS2885 and Linbeck Contractor’s use of our X-Info Plans Management.

I would like to acknowledge and welcome our most recent new clients, Transport Canberra and City Services and Yarra City Council. August 2018 recently marked the 21st anniversary of the company’s founding. A warm thank you to all of our team (past and present), suppliers, partners and clients for your continued support.

In closing, Dean Howell, John Quigley and I really enjoyed catching up with our existing clients, learning lots and meeting some new people at the 2018 Annual Convention and Exhibition of the APGA: celebrating “Australia’s Pipelines: 50 years of safe and reliable delivery of energy and water” in Darwin 8 – 11 September. Congratulations to Stephen Ohl on winning the Scrabble Luxury Edition!


Hayden McDonald
Founder & Managing Director

Putting your pipeline Safety Management Study information in one place

“Transmission pipelines have long operational lives (in Australia the Roma to Brisbane is our oldest operating highpressure pipeline in excess of 49 years), the environments around them change over time as do personnel responsible for planning, designing, constructing, commissioning, operating, maintaining and decommissioning. These changes are likely to have effects on a pipeline. In the short term, change will be associated with increased construction activity and its associated risk, in the long term change may alter the risk profile of a pipeline. This is particularly true on the urban fringe of towns and cities, where population growth and housing pressures lead to increasing expansion of urban boundaries and the transformation of rural and semi-rural land into suburban and urban environments containing residential, commercial and industrial communities.”
‘Guideline for investigations of land use around pipelines to guide initial location classification under AS 2885’ (August 2014)

It is now 21 years since AS 2885.1-1997 was published with its ground breaking section SAFETY, developed to provide a methodology for the pipeline industry to demonstrate the safe design, and construction of high pressure transmission pipelines. The SAFETY process was renamed ‘SAFETY MANAGEMENT STUDY’ (SMS) in the 2007 revision of AS 2885.1. Now the greatest change guiding our way forward has been the relocation of all details of safety management to a new standard “AS2885.6 Part 6:2017 Pipeline safety management” with final comments recently submitted 10 August 2018.

Mipela GeoSolutions X-Info SMS suite is a configurable, out of the box solution to capture, manage, display and report for your AS2885 proposed and operating pipelines:

  • Design parameters
  • SMS Workshop attendance record(s)
  • Location Class and Secondary Class assessments including definition of high consequence areas
  • Show typical threats which correspond to the whole pipeline route and location specific threats (point and length)
  • Protective measures (both procedural and physical)
  • Display radiation contours in the event of full bore rupture
  • Risk evaluation
  • Actions captured in a workshop which would need to be completed in time
  • Integration with your businesses Asset, Dial Before Your Dig, Encroachment, GIS, Integrity and Lands Management systems for history of contact and previous surveys.

If you would like further information, please contact us at info@mipela. com.au or on 1300 807 770.

Latest Release Notes

Release of X-Info Aware version 2.4

Version 2.4 of X-Info Aware is now available.

X-Info Aware is Mipela’s mobile data capture app that can be used with X-Info Connect to capture data in the field.

What’s in version 2.4?

The release of version 2.4 includes support for iPhone X, ESRI Maps as a background layer, improvements in offline database management and loading/ handling of picker fields and expression evaluation for filtering data. The release also allows users to add their own Google Key to use Google Maps in the location tab. This version is available from the App Store for iOS devices and Goggle Play for Android devices.

 

#gasspeak2018

Earlier in September I participated in the 2018 Gas Speak Colloquium in Canberra where young professionals from all areas of the gas industry learnt and practiced presentation skills while being mentored by industry professionals sponsored by the Australian Gas Industry Trust.

The highlight for me was a cocktail party at Parliament House as well as getting to know a diverse range of gas industry YPs including Tessa Williams from CNC Project Management who won the best presentation award. The lowlight was leaving my laptop at Canberra airport.

If you’re in the industry, get thinking about your application for 2019.

Alana O’Connor
Senior Solution Specialist

Making Lodging DBYDs Easier

Linbeck Contractors provides construction, repairs and maintenance and licenced plumbing services to asset owners in the gas and water industry.

Their work involves underground works, which all require a Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) enquiry to be lodged, to ensure no damage is caused to underground assets. The lodging of an enquiry and receipt of responses is a time consuming process, something Linbeck’s Administrator, Melanie Hurditch hadn’t realised exactly how much until they started using X-Info Plans Management.

By implementing Mipela’s X-Info Plans Management, Linbeck were able to significantly reduce the administrative tasks related to collating, printing and scanning their DBYD responses. Linbeck’s field teams now have access to every job 24/7 through X-Info Plans Management via a browser on their smart phones.

Linbeck’s Director, Joe Lynch said, “Mitigating risk was one of the key factors in seeking out a solution but the economic and environmental benefits have since become clearly evident.”

For more information on X-Info Plans Management, contact Jacqueline Button on 1300 807 770.

Handy Tips n Tricks

X-Info Maps – Importing and Exporting Data

Layers added into X-Info Maps can be shared in your favourite GIS in a number of different ways and layers from your GIS can be imported into X-Info Maps in a variety of ways also.

Q1: Can I use data from X-Info Maps in other systems?

A1: Yes, in the Project Settings, within X-Info Maps and from the General Tab you can select a number of options that will enable the use of data in different ways.

Q2: Can I use data from other systems in X-Info Maps?

A2: Yes, in the Project Settings, Select import layers and import  data in different ways.

If you would like further information or assistance manipulating data in and out of X-Info Maps please contact the MG Support Team at support@ mipela.com.au.