Pipeline maps – using the technology of the future
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Presentation pipeline maps and graphics are used by many companies in the Energy Industry field including: Alliance Pipeline, Iroquois Pipeline, Northwest Pipeline or Southern Natural Pipeline. Specialists implement graphic design and cartography on GIS pipeline maps to effectively describe complex projects.
Graphic design is one of the main techniques used in creating pipeline maps. It is a form of visual communication, using text and images to present accurate information or promote a message. The art of graphic design applied in conceiving high-fidelity pipeline maps embraces a range of cognitive skills and crafts including typography, image development and page layout.
Since the advent of computers, many companies including TransColorado Pipeline, Rockies Express Pipeline L.L.C., Trunkline Pipeline and Overthrust Pipeline employed graphic designers in order to produce informative pipeline maps with the help of interactive design. Elements such as shape, form and texture are the basic vocabulary of visual design and computers are now considered to be an indispensable tool used in the graphic design industry.
When it comes to using the best techniques for pipeline maps, GIS mapping services are the answer to all problems. GIS (Geographic information system) technology integrates specific databases for the energy industry, along with query ans statistical analysis with the unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offered by a gas pipeline map.
GIS is a computer based tool for mapping; energy companies use it for marketing, customer service, transmission and distribution system management, planning and design. A geographic information system is a smart tool that allows users to create interactive queries, analyze the spatial information and edit data. It can be used for urban planning, cartography and route planning.
A gas pipeline map is created with the help of GIS; it represents an improvement over other mapping applications as it provides capabilities for overlay, measurement and digitizing/scanning. By combining the GIS application with graphic design and marketing visuals, specialists are able to come up with illustrative pipeline maps.
The most important thing to know when creating a gas pipeline map is that a geographic information system uses geodatabases, which are similar to layers of information for a specific area. A geodatabase has two parts: a geographic geometry and a datatable. The first includes points, lines and polygons which represent the object (e.g: pipeline). The datatable contains the feature’s characteristics linked to the objects such as names, diameters and length.
GIS brings a lot of improvement to the development of a gas pipeline map as it represents a computer system capable of integrating, storing, editing, analyzing and displaying geographically-referenced information. With the two types of geodatabases available (vector, raster) and GIS, it is easy to create a gas pipeline map and use it in various projects in the energy industry field.
While vectors are mathematical representations, rasters are mostly aerial photography. Both are types of geodatabases, elements that work with GIS in order to produce an accurate gas pipeline map. Vector features can be made to respect spatial integrity through the application of topology rules. Rasters are resolution specific. Also, an effective GIS should implement queries, representing the translation of a question into a mathematical formula or programming code.
About the Author: Our company specializes in graphic design for mapping products including pipeline maps. We pride ourselves in having the proper skills for creating the perfect gas pipeline map, a valuable instrument for any good project.