Recent developments in the application of spatial information technologies have brought opportunities for dramatic improvements in speed, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of production of pipeline project deliverables. In addition to the potential for design and construction improvements, life cycle improvements are found through the use of spatial data relating to pipeline operation, environmental stewardship, regulatory, public and other stakeholder communications. However, these opportunities have not been consistently captured on all pipeline jobs. Part of the challenge in the introduction of new technology is to align members of the team so that skills and assigned tasks are matched. Traditionally, pipeline design and construction projects have employed a proven team organization structure. Changes to the tradition are necessary. This paper discusses the main advantages of using spatial information on a pipeline project. Furthermore, a discussion of the various project team roles explores how to leverage the new technologies effectively. Examples drawn from the largest pipeline projects currently in process will highlight the lessons learned to date.

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