How Geospatial Data Benefits Midstream Companies

How Geospatial Data Benefits Midstream Companies

While geospatial data is a powerful tool for many industries, it is especially influential for oil and gas, particularly for midstream companies. By helping to reduce costs, manage risk, and improve operational efficiency, geospatial data has been key to supporting midstream companies and helping them thrive. Part of what makes high-resolution geospatial data unique is that is allows Midstream companies to create new insights to streamline pipeline construction, management, and regulatory compliance. 

Save time and money on materials with measurements you can trust.

Instead of relying on maps or sending teammates on-site visits, geospatial data provides you with a remotely accessible digital twin model of the project site created with the data your initiative depends on quickly and efficiently. That means less time survey crews have to spend in the field when they can precisely plan their route or manage extensive imagery databases and more time analyzing and turning that data into valuable insights. When projects or RFPs are up against the clock, saving time means money and resources. Accurate pipeline measurements, right-of-ways, and other materials are vital for a successful project.

In the past, oil and gas companies would send a crew to perform manual measurements of pipes to determine any changes in diameter or distance over time. This process could result in errors due to the human element (we’re simply more prone to mistakes than computers). Using geospatial data instead of traditional methods, pipeline operators can accurately measure their pipes from their desks without spending extra resources on manual measurement processes. This method also allows them to catch potential problems before they become more costly issues that could damage the pipeline.

Land Acquisition Management

One of the most considerable expenses in developing a pipeline is acquiring the land. Midstream professionals can use geospatial data to identify every property owner within a right-of-way corridor, whether public or private. In addition, professionals can use geospatial data to determine the location of federal and state public lands that may require additional permitting prior to acquisition. The use of this geospatial data enables landmen and legal teams to reach out to landowners prior to engaging in negotiations, resulting in quicker acquisitions and a more efficient process overall. Another area where geospatial data can help Midstream companies is by identifying challenging surface contracts.

In many cases, pipelines are routed through rural areas where older parcels with very long legal descriptions exist. These parcels often have multiple owners, making it difficult for landmen to identify all owners of interest for negotiation purposes. Using geospatial data, brokers & agents can identify these challenging parcels before acquisition or construction to contact landowners quickly and easily before any field operations occur.

Regulatory Compliance Support Documentation & Management

Midstream companies have to meet federal, state, and local compliance requirements. These entities require monitoring and reporting of the pipelines that cross their territory. Geospatial data can provide support for these compliance requirements. These regulations include The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is responsible for regulating the transport of hazardous materials throughout the United States by pipeline, aircraft, vessel, rail, and highway. PHMSA provides numerous resources for understanding midstream companies’ compliance requirements, including High-consequence areas (HCAs) are defined by PHMSA as densely populated areas or areas where there could be significant environmental consequences.

Geospatial technology effectively manages data collection, reporting, and inspection processes required by state and local regulations. High-resolution geospatial data such as aerial imagery and elevation data can help create databases for managing all the needed compliance information in an organized fashion. Many organizations that audit midstream pipelines utilize geospatial technology to streamline the audit process by mapping data points and providing a common platform to share information between respondents and auditors. 

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How Geospatial Data can Improve your Speed to Market

How Geospatial Data can Improve your Speed to Market

When RFPs go live, it’s a race for industry players to submit their proposals to the potential client. Often, the project can go to the service provider, who is one of the first few to turn in their RFP since their timing is often seen as a reflection of their ability to stay on time and budget. But RFPs can be messy, time-consuming, and come at short notice. How can your business gain a competitive edge? Various industries use geospatial data for planning, analysis, and decision-making – and it’s just what you need to ace your next RFP. Why? Let’s discuss.

Base decisions on the best available data.

Most of your competitors are using outdated, low resolution publically available free, satellite maps and data, leaving them in the position of having to make educated guesses based on outdated,  site conditions that could cause issues down the line, from encroachment issues to unexpected encumbrances. On the other hand, geospatial data from Prius Intelli can provide current insights into your area of interest instead of antiquated, irrelevant information. You’ll have access to the best available information on site conditions to create your designs and plans. When choosing between a proposal based on guesswork or a proposal based created with the certainty of solid, traceable data, we know who is coming out on top.

Get flexibility with the Cloud.

Unlike physical maps, teams can store & share geospatial data easily in the Cloud. This methodology provides your entire team with the easy access they need the most. At Prius Intelli, we deliver data through WMTS/WMS or slippy map formats and host the data securely on our in-house servers. And you get easy access through the Cloud. That saves you space on your network drives and enables fast data rendering. With flexible, secure storing, you can rest assured your data is safe and ready for action. No more looking through old filing cabinets for maps and notes when all the information you need is at your fingertips.


Analyze faster and more accurately.

Geospatial data is more than just maps. It provides a detailed analysis of geographic areas. For example, GIS maps can feature up-to-date data on features like streets, waterways, water run-off, and more. Elevation models are another format you can use to shed light on a project. These can provide better context for your plans. Furthermore, because a dashboard or platform like ESRI can read geospatial data, you can analyze it quickly and efficiently. And when it comes to RFPs, we know that speed and efficiency are crucial to developing a winning proposal.

Offering up-to-date, flexible, accurate analysis and enhanced geospatial data should be the backbone of your business. It enables you to gain a deeper insight into your operations, add value and increase productivity. Prius Intelli delivers high-quality aerial imagery and GIS services that work for your team and your budget when you need it. Together, we can help you get the data you need to secure your next RFP and set your project up for success.


Prius Intelli Launches into Aerial Imagery

Prius Intelli Launches into Aerial Imagery


FT. WORTH, Texas, May 27, 2020 — The need for clear, detailed surface imagery in planning infrastructure has rendered standard satellite surface data obsolete. Aerial imagery pioneers Hunter Herren and Josh Vinyard announce the opening of Prius Intelli (First to Understand) to meet that need for companies in oil and gas, railroads, utilities, construction, finance and many other sectors.

The company uses highly advanced, custom-made cameras capable of capturing visual images down to 4 inches, allowing object recognition of equipment, surface elevations and even plant life. Additionally, thermal imagery can pinpoint leaks from pipelines, orphaned wells and other sources that would cost much more to find through ground-based procedures. This type of environmental assessment is becoming crucial in EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) increasingly required by regulators and good governance.

“This is the highest quality surface imagery possible, says Herren. œAnd by using piloted aircraft covering large areas in a short time, we can offer this for a surprisingly affordable price.”

œWith this, an E&P company can pinpoint well pad placement based on digital elevation models without the time and expense of sending a crew to survey and report back, he continued.

To provide the best imagery at an affordable price, the company decided to overcome the distance and elevation limitations of drone photography by using a piloted fixed-wing aircraft to cover large areas. It flies several hours each day, depending on the weather and the season.

The company offers fast delivery of needed survey information such as GIS Basemaps, orthoimagery and more, collecting images and returning the finished product to clients within 10 days.

With their experience in aerial photography and drones, Vinyard and Herren saw that standard methods of topographical data gathering were either too time intensive (sending a group of people to a site) or lacking in detail (satellite imagery) to give value in the current market“even before the Coronavirus lockdown. They saw an opportunity to provide data and value to a long list of industries.

Prius Intelli is a Fort Worth-based company, working primarily in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. With orders skyrocketing, the company plans expansion into other parts of the United States in the next twelve months.