Category Archives: Summer 2016

Tap Into Expertise

It starts so simple. You have a business problem and you need data to answer it. You find that data, copy it into a spreadsheet and then realise you need additional information, so you bring that in too. Then you commence formulating, formatting, graphing, until you have all the data you need in tiny rows and columns, then you share it with your boss and they love it!

Victory right? No, this is the worst possible scenario.

Now your boss wants the same information provided weekly, printed and stacked on their desk. You have now accidentally created a manual process that will consume 20% of your work week with no end in sight. Now think of it from your CEO’s perspective; this is happening in dozens of departments across the organisation adding up to truck-loads of inefficiency.

So let’s put an end to this and use X-Info Suite to enable your world. When you connect your spreadsheet with X-Info Suite, it automatically syncs your data into a centralised database as the single source of truth, keeping it up-to-date; it helps you turn columns and rows of data into powerful visualisation, making your data actionable, which makes collaboration and sharing simple; and most importantly it gives you the freedom to spend less time on manual reporting and more doing what you do best. If this sounds familiar and you would like to tap into our expertise to automate workflows and share the knowledge in your organisation please contact us for a demo.

A snapshot of our Quarterly Product Updates

We are pleased to announce the quarterly release of our X-Info products. Take a look at a snapshot of some of the new features:

X-Info Connect tagline 96dpi 4.3

 

  • Object Type List Fields – Picker configuration to allow configuration of the data that is displayed to users
  • Spellchecker for Text Fields
  • Reports – Exports to PDF and add communication
  • Report Designer to simplify the creation of report templates

X-Info WebConnect tagline 96dpi 4.3

 

  • Image can now be marked up to allow quick sketches and text to be added to images
  • Customisable Reports can now be added to the home page. The report templates can be changed to filter the report content, enable and disable certain parts of the report as well as modify blocks of text within the report.

X-Info Aware tagline 96dpi 2.3

 

  • GPS tracking allows users to capture line or polygon objects
  • Users can now email or phone directly from email and phone fields using their default email app on their phone or call from their phone
  • Assigned tasks can be reordered
  • A Clear All button is now avaliabe for paused tasks
  • Summary fields are now displayed as fields in Capture Forms
  • Speed enhancements have been added to show download data status on Users devices.

Real time data capture and reporting in remote field environment made possible with X-Info Aware

The Tasmanian Gas Pipeline (TGP) is the only pipeline supplying natural gas to Tasmania. It transports natural gas from Longford in Victoria, under Bass Strait, to Bell Bay in Tasmania.

The TGP asset is owned by Palisade, and Zinfra has operated, maintained and undertaken minor construction activities on the gas pipe for 14 years, since it was commissioned in 2002, under a field services agreement (FSA). Zinfra delivers a comprehensive range of engineering, operations, maintenance and construction services to the utility infrastructure sector nationally.

Zinfra has used Mipela software solutions for their operations and maintenance work since 2012, using X-Info Suite, consisting of X-Info Connect, X-Info Maps and the integration with Maintenance Connection for automated Dial Before You Dig responses, works management for third party crossings, and to manage communications with landholders along the pipelines.

By implementing the new X-Info Aware application, field workers can now collect data on site at third party crossing locations. Other field data collection tasks have been streamlined into X-Info Suite, allowing the decommission of their old data collection systems entirely. Zinfra can now also assign tasks to their crews in the field and undertake regular checks of the pipeline, based on work orders generated in Maintenance Connection, from both the air and ground to keep informed of issues affecting the pipeline’s operation in real time.

“Implementing X-Info Aware for Zinfra’s data capture – which includes cathodic protection, aerial patrols and pipeline faults – has improved not only our workflow and record keeping, but keeps us up to date with current technologies available. We also have other connections that are linked together, including DBYD and Landholder Database, as well as a live system which is very important for our employees to ensure they have the most up to date data when in the field.”

Graeme Bystersky
Works Coordinator
Zinfra/Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

“With Mipela’s suite of products we were able to tailor what we needed to deliver for our client. Over the past four years we have found a solution that not only meets our client’s needs but keeps our field employees up to date with live updates and work flows that save time, keep data current and easier to manage. When working with Mipela our team has found they have a “can do, nothing is a problem” attitude with continual improvement always at the front of their mind. It’s always a pleasure dealing with Mipela and I look forward to working on the next project with them.”

Matthew Stewart
Operator of the Tasmanian Gas Pipeline – Zinfra

X-Info SMS suite – Safety Management Study

X-Info SMS suite is the latest offering by Mipela that is specifically designed to provide pipeline owners with a comprehensive system that can manage the Clients tasks associated with the operation, maintenance, suspension of operation, decommissioning and abandonment along with all their proposed transmission pipeline asset projects AS2885 workflows, quality control and reporting.

AS2885 requires Licensee Approval for Safety Management Studies. X-Info SMS suite ensures that Client’s key management personnel are fully informed of the operational risks associated with the operating assets. It is a commercial off the shelf (COTS) solution that gathers, stores, displays and reports on information pertaining to design, safety and operational related hazards that cause or are capable of causing loss of pipeline integrity associated with the pipeline infrastructure (as set out in AS2885).

X-Info SMS suite can provide a full pipeline safety management study (generally for new assets), safety management study reviews (generally a five year style review) and local adhoc reviews as necessary for specific issues.

Benefits

  • Updates and revises your pipelines Threat Libraries to maintain AS2885 compliance
  • Location analysis
  • Threats identification
  • External interference protection in accordance with AS2885 standard
  • Other threats and mitigation measures
  • Failure analysis
  • Risk evaluation
  • Reports and outstanding actions
  • Filing – numerous types of important data.

Mipela continues its GIS support on the Papua LNG Project

In 2015 Mipela provided ongoing GIS support to ERIAS Group during phase 1 of the Elk-Antelope LNG field (PRL-15) development (Social and Environmental Screening Studies). This task was as part of the feasibility study for the Papua LNG Project.

The Papua LNG Project is one of the few greenfield LNG projects worldwide.

ERIAS Group successfully bid to undertake phase 2 – Environmental Impact Study and Environmental, Social, Health Impact Assessment studies for Total, operator of the Papua LNG Project. These studies will allow Total to secure an Environmental Permit for the Project under the Environment Act 2000. The Mipela GeoSolutions GIS team have been engaged for the past twelve months supporting ERIAS Group mapping and spatial data for phase 2.

The following Milestones have been achieved during this period:

  • 465 maps produced\revised
  • 990 data transactions

Key Project Infrastructure components

  • LNG plant to be located at Caution Bay, approximately 20km north-west of Port Moresby and adjacent to the Exxon-Mobil PNG LNG Project site
  • An upstream central processing facility, to be located west of the Herd Base in PRL 15, close to the Purari River
  • Pipelines – approximately 75km onshore and 265km offshore pipeline, plus a separate gas and condensate pipeline yet to be determined.

Handy tips and hints for X-Info Maps

Q1: I want to add data to my X-Info Maps project, what data types can I import?
A1: X-Info Maps will support the following GIS data formats.

Vector:
ESRI Personal GeoDatabases, File Geodatabases,
ArcSDE and shp files, Pitney Bowes MapInfo tab,Oracle and Oracle Spatial, SQL Server and SQL Server Spatial, KMLs and GMLs, MS Access .mdb, WFS, X-Info Maps, Other
formats using Safe Softwares FME (eg. Smallworld)
Raster:
GeoTiff (TIFF), TIFF (with world file – tfw or MapInfo Tab header file), ERmapper Compressed Wavelet – ECW, JPEG – JPG (with world file – jgw), JPEG2000 – jp2, WMS

Document type data formats include Word, Excel and PDF.

Q2: I don’t have any background layers, is there a free option to make my project look more pleasing to the eye?
A2: Yes, as a default in X-Info Maps, you have the option to add Open Street Maps (OSM) at no cost to you.

Q3: How do I add the OSM layer?
A3: Follow these steps:

  • Select your project from the project list and select the Project Settings tool
  • Select the Import Data Layers tool and for the ‘Dataset Type’ select ‘Default Background Layers’
  • Click ‘Next’
  • Select the ‘Open Street Maps’ tickbox and click ‘Finish’
  • Close the project. Make sure you select OK when asked if you want to save the changes.

Q4: Can I zoom to a known street address in Maps?
A4: Yes (refer image).

  1. When in the Maps interface, select the Find Address tool
  2. Type in the known address
  3. Select the ‘Search’ button
  4. Select the address from the list. The Maps window will zoom.

If you would like further information or assistance on the tips and hints above, please contact the MG Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.