Pipeline Geomatics: Practice and Innovation
A major theme in this book is how geomatic practices and technologies are changing and innovating the way we design, build, and operate pipelines. A section on our environment is similarly important because how we consider our environment in the pipeline lifecycle is also affecting the pipeline industry more now than at any time in the past. Therefore, it is worthwhile to focus on areas of change and share them with the pipeline community so that we may progress our field. We have differentiated this chapter from the previous chapters by focusing less on the technical design of pipelines and more on how the pipeline, during design and once built, will affect and be integrated into the physical landscape and into the lives of people. This chapter will demonstrate how geomatics is able to provide the spatial context that regulators, land use planners, and the public seek when trying to decide the best way to integrate pipelines into our environment. The main issues we will be addressing in this chapter are; taming the uncertain regulatory process, community relations, wildlife and habitat, water, and a look at what's ahead.