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Transco integrates pipe check

Antony Adshead
Gas provider Transco has gained visibility into the operations of its 275,000km of pipelines by integrating monitoring using component-based software.

The move has enabled Transco to gain complete real-time information which can be used to view and control the flow of gas and the organisation of repair and engineering work.

The company has just completed a pilot phase and expects to deploy the system fully at the end of 2002.

The software, implemented by Ilog, gives a common interface to data captured from unmanned telemetry outstations which scan more than 44,000 metered items of data, such as pressures and flow rates, per minute.

The software has added a layer which provides homogeneity of data, so that a single view of the entire operation can be gained where previously the monitoring, repair and engineering operations were each held in numerous discrete Scada (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems.

The component-based nature of the software makes development of new business processes easier, because it makes use of existing blocks of software code which can be assembled in new ways.

Ilog is Web-enabling the system, giving easy access in real time to 100 control-room operators, five control centres and mobile employees.

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