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Making Way for New Pipelines: Locating and Mapping in the Permian Basin

10/15/2014 4:00:00 AM

Mapping Permian Basin pipelines toward horizon

The Permian Basin in Texas is the top US oil producer. Geospatial was called to help install new pipelines in a challenging and tricky situation.

The Permian Basin in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico has produced billions of barrels of oil since being discovered nearly a century ago. Fracking technology has brought a renewal to many Shale formations including the Permian, yet the takeaway systems need upgrades to match the increased capacity. When Geospatial Corporation was called to clear an area for the installation of new oil transmission pipelines in Sundown, Texas, we faced several unique challenges.

Mapping Permian Basin pipelines

Before new pipelines could be installed, we had to locate and map the existing tangle of old pipelines in a 3-square-mile area. Some of the lines were carrying dangerous gases with the potential to seriously injure anyone who became exposed because of broken or leaking pipes.

Mapping Permian Basin pipelines

This task became even more difficult because of the variety of materials used in the existing pipelines, with plastic and fiberglass presenting the biggest challenge in our mapping efforts.

Mapping Permian Basin pipelines

Our unique combination of technologies allowed us to survey and map the oil fields and clear the areas where the new pipelines would be installed.

Mapping Permian Basin pipelines

After looking at the data we successfully collected to map the area, our client was able to start working more safely and efficiently.

GeoUnderground - Mapping Permian Basin pipelines

GeoUnderground, Geospatial’s cloud-based GIS mapping platform, allowed our client to visualize the underground pipelines we mapped with x,y, and z coordinates, plus provided geo-referenced photos and video. These assets are visible in the field on both mobile and tablet devices, for easy access from anywhere.