Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE: CPGX) is the first company to deploy the Intelligent Pipeline Solution, a software solution that aims to help pipeline operators make informed decisions around pipeline safety and integrity. Columbia Pipeline Group is located within the Marcellus and Utica shale areas and operates 15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipelines.
The Intelligent Pipeline Solution, from GE and Accenture (NYSE: ACN), a global professional services company, is designed to enable pipeline operators to prioritize where resources are best applied in order to help reduce the potential for unforeseen events. The Intelligent Pipeline Solution is the first industry solution as part of a strategic global alliance formed by GE and Accenture in 2013 and launched in 2014.
The solution integrates data from multiple sources including geographic information systems (GIS), work management system, control center, and one-call system, as well as external sources such as NOAA and USGS. The solution also integrates data such as pipeline attributes, risk scores, inline inspection findings, planned assessments, HCA locations, leak history, one-call tickets, emergency valve location, precipitation and fault lines. A set of filters and layers enables users to examine data in different ways to quickly locate areas of interest and evaluate threats or remediation measures.
"The global pipeline industry spends $40 billion a year to expand and maintain its network of assets. Given 60 percent of all US pipelines were installed before 1970, safety is increasingly a driving factor for operators such as CPG to achieve real-time and remote monitoring of their thousands of miles of pipeline," said Peggy Kostial, senior managing director for Accenture's North America resources operating group.