InsitePro for Pipelines answers environmental and regulatory compliance questions within a risk-based solution.
DENVER – November 18, 2014 (TSX: IMP) – Intermap Technologies, a leading provider of location-based solutions, today announced the availability of InsitePro for Pipelines — a customized version of InsitePro, Intermap’s natural catastrophe risk management software. InsitePro for Pipelines was created specifically for hazardous liquid pipeline operators throughout North America, enabling risk-based decision-making and improved environmental and regulatory compliance by providing immediate, up-to-date, simple access to geo-hazards and high consequence areas (HCAs).
Addressing an Industry-Wide Challenge
HCAs are defined by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) as an industry standard for ensuring pipeline operators have accurate information on areas that require special management practices. These include population, commercially navigable waterways, ecologically sensitive areas and locations that house public drinking water reserves. Populated areas and navigable waterways have scheduled updates, but PHMSA has encountered funding and resource challenges updating ecological and drinking water HCAs. The last release was in 2000. In general, the industry does not have the tools to maintain these complex datasets — although they are responsible for factoring environmental change into their integrity management programs. This in a climate where regulation of pipeline safety is becoming more publicized and politicized due to increasing urgency to protect our natural heritage and indispensible water resources. In response, the American Petroleum Institute (API), with PHMSA cooperation, has published a draft of recommended practice 1173: Pipeline Safety Management System Requirements. This practice requires detailed understanding of the operational setting integrated into the management systems. In Canada, the National Energy Board (NEB) regulated the requirement of risk management systems in 2013. These standards add further pressure on the industry to not only understand the potential consequences to HCAs, but the geo-hazards their pipelines may be exposed to (flood, fire, subsidence, etc.).