Aegion inspects over 25,000 miles of pipeline each year. Thenumber of miles we survey and the massive amounts of datathese activities generate is unmatched in the industry. With30 years of operational data and offices all over the country, theamount of data we have accumulated is extraordinary. Aegionassembled a team of technologists in 2016 to implement anadvanced platform to better manage both legacy and currentsurvey data. This improved management will allow us to betterserve our clients. Our goals for the project were simple:
1. Better manage client data through the developmentof a GIS-based central repository2. Extract more information from the data we collectthrough advanced visualizations and analytics3. Provide faster, secure reporting to our clients
The result is a scalable framework collectively called theAegion Asset Integrity Management (AIM) platform. Thissecure platform leverages technology from Esri, Microsoftand Amazon Web Services to provide internal and externalservices using the data we collect and manage. Initiallyfocusing on corrosion protection, data from close intervalsurveys (CIS) is being input into the system. A parallel effortfor annual cathodic protection surveys will begin in 2017.
ONLINE ACCESSThe Asset Integrity Portal, the online component of AIM,provides direct customer access to pipeline integrityinformation, including a variety of reports, tabular dataand geospatial datasets. The portal also features analyticalapplications that leverage Aegion’s engineering knowledgeand expertise and provide a comprehensive set of assetintegrity tools, transforming data into information thatis used to analyze and solve problems.
The result is better and faster decision-making with increasedconfidence that resources are being allocated intelligently—where they provide the greatest results.
ANALYTICAL APPSThe Asset Integrity Portal framework was establishedaround several analytical apps that our customers can useto interrogate their data. As the platform grows, new specialpurpose apps will be developed and added to the platform. Thefirst app is FieldLine™ and will be used for select customers inearly 2017. Others, including LiveLine™ and ScanLine™, will soonfollow to provide additional services and capabilities.FieldLine™ provides quick access to survey inspectiondata in the form of a job summary or map visualization.Simple search tools help users quickly access data andthen output it in a variety of formats for easy loading intoother systems.
LiveLine™ provides real-time visualization and streaminganalytics for monitored points on a pipeline. With alertsand notifications, users are automatically and continuouslykept informed of key metrics at each location.
ScanLine™ provides an interactive charting and analyticaltool for viewing current and historical CIS data at specificpoints along a pipeline segment.
More apps will be coming in the future to provide additionalservices and capabilities. Customers will not only be able to getto the raw data collected by our surveyors and CP technicians,but will also have access to powerful analytical apps to helpthem be more efficient in their everyday work.
INVENTIVE NEW WORKFLOWSThe AIM technology platform and the Asset Integrity Portalare helping Aegion leverage its world-class engineering andremediation capabilities to create new workflows and improveexisting ones. Through this new technology, an automatedprocess was created to analyze potential AC interference onpipelines. Our engineering professionals use this informationto create full lifecycle pipeline integrity programs, includingcorrosion prediction, risk modeling and trend analyses.