Aegion inspects over 25,000 miles of pipeline each year. The
number of miles we survey and the massive amounts of data
these activities generate is unmatched in the industry. With
30 years of operational data and offices all over the country, the
amount of data we have accumulated is extraordinary. Aegion
assembled a team of technologists in 2016 to implement an
advanced platform to better manage both legacy and current
survey data. This improved management will allow us to better
serve our clients. Our goals for the project were simple:
1. Better manage client data through the development
of a GIS-based central repository
2. Extract more information from the data we collect
through advanced visualizations and analytics
3. Provide faster, secure reporting to our clients
The result is a scalable framework collectively called the
Aegion Asset Integrity Management (AIM) platform. This
secure platform leverages technology from Esri, Microsoft
and Amazon Web Services to provide internal and external
services using the data we collect and manage. Initially
focusing on corrosion protection, data from close interval
surveys (CIS) is being input into the system. A parallel effort
for annual cathodic protection surveys will begin in 2017.
The Asset Integrity Portal, the online component of AIM,
provides direct customer access to pipeline integrity
information, including a variety of reports, tabular data
and geospatial datasets. The portal also features analytical
applications that leverage Aegion’s engineering knowledge
and expertise and provide a comprehensive set of asset
integrity tools, transforming data into information that
is used to analyze and solve problems.
The result is better and faster decision-making with increased
confidence that resources are being allocated intelligently—
where they provide the greatest results.
The Asset Integrity Portal framework was established
around several analytical apps that our customers can use
to interrogate their data. As the platform grows, new special
purpose apps will be developed and added to the platform. The
first app is FieldLine™ and will be used for select customers in
early 2017. Others, including LiveLine™ and ScanLine™, will soon
follow to provide additional services and capabilities.
FieldLine™ provides quick access to survey inspection
data in the form of a job summary or map visualization.
Simple search tools help users quickly access data and
then output it in a variety of formats for easy loading into
LiveLine™ provides real-time visualization and streaming
analytics for monitored points on a pipeline. With alerts
and notifications, users are automatically and continuously
kept informed of key metrics at each location.
ScanLine™ provides an interactive charting and analytical
tool for viewing current and historical CIS data at specific
points along a pipeline segment.
More apps will be coming in the future to provide additional
services and capabilities. Customers will not only be able to get
to the raw data collected by our surveyors and CP technicians,
but will also have access to powerful analytical apps to help
them be more efficient in their everyday work.
INVENTIVE NEW WORKFLOWS
The AIM technology platform and the Asset Integrity Portal
are helping Aegion leverage its world-class engineering and
remediation capabilities to create new workflows and improve
existing ones. Through this new technology, an automated
process was created to analyze potential AC interference on
pipelines. Our engineering professionals use this information
to create full lifecycle pipeline integrity programs, including
corrosion prediction, risk modeling and trend analyses.