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Data Models

The PODS Pipeline Data Model provides the database architecture pipeline operators use to store critical information


A Single Master Source of Information

The Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS) data model provides the database architecture pipeline operators need to submit regulatory reports (PHMSA & NPMS), store critical information, analyze pipeline systems data, and manage geospatial data in a linear-referenced database which can be visualized in any GIS platform. The PODS Pipeline Data Model houses the attribute, asset information, construction, inspection, integrity management, regulatory compliance, risk analysis, history, and operational data that pipeline companies have deemed mission-critical to successfully managing natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines.

The PODS data model is the industry standard used by pipeline operators to provide a single master source of information and eliminate localized silos of often unconnected information. As the US and other parts of the world increase their focus on pipeline integrity management (PIM), the importance of data integration should not be overlooked. Referencing and integrating data within a spatial context can help to provide pipeline operators with a definitive view of their pipeline assets. The PODS data model provides guidelines for the tedious process of reconciling “as-built” data with operational and inspection data in one single source.

Because PODS is designed to rigid standards by the thought leaders in the pipeline industry, including operators and service providers, PODS can be accessed and used by multiple vendors and software platforms.  PODS is already an extensive pipeline data model for storing a comprehensive set of critical features and attributes necessary to support PIM. PODS is GISplatform independent, meaning it can work with Esri, Intergraph, or any other GIS software. It is available as either a relational database (Oracle and SQL Server are currently supported) or an Esri geodatabase.

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A Decision-Making Tool​

Integral to engineering and operational decision-making about pipelines and facilities.​

Compliance Reporting​

Provides a consistent means of compliance reporting and data benchmarking, driving standard regulatory reporting into the future.​

Industry Experience​

Designed and maintained by industry SMEs with 400+ years combined experience.​

Scalable & Extensible​

Uses latest technology for database sharing, retrieval, reporting and integration to adapt to changing business and technical landscape.​


Provides maximum flexibility by allowing pipeline operators to implement and configure the data model to meet unique business needs and challenges.​

System Integration​

Integrates with business systems and asset management tools enterprise-wide.​


Robust data exchange mechanism enables users to seamlessly share data within and between organizations. Occurs through standard data models and a consistent application interface.​

Optimized Performance​

Optimized performance for managing extremely large data sets, including inspection data, re-routes/ historical information, and asset digitization. Provides controls for quality assurance.​

pipeline model that says why are pipeline standards so important