PODS 7.03 Update – From Linear Referencing to Geospatial Advantage


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat welcomes Jeff Allen, Global Pipeline Practice Lead for Esri and a board member of PODS, to discuss the latest developments in the Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS).

Jeff shares insights into his role at Esri, the evolution of geospatial technology in the pipeline industry, and his extensive experience in surveying and geomatic engineering. The conversation delves into the historical context of PODS, its transition from a purely relational database structure to a spatial data model, and the recent release of PODS 7.

Listen to the episode now to learn more about how PODS serves as a critical standard for managing pipeline assets, incorporating spatial intelligence, and addressing regulatory changes.

Our Host and Guest

Russel Treat – Host

Jeff Allen – Guest

PODS Update Show Notes, Links, and Insider Terms:

  • Jeff Allen is the Global Pipeline Practice Lead at ESRI and a board member of PODS. Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn.
    • ESRI: A provider of GIS and mapping software, technology, and services. Esri is the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping.
    • PODS: Pipeline Open Data Standard, a nonprofit organization comprising pipeline operators and consultants working to formulate a standard for managing pipeline assets.
  • GIS: Geographic Information System, a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data.
  • ILI: In-line inspection, a method for assessing the integrity of pipelines from the inside using tools that travel through the pipeline.
  • Linear Referencing: A method of spatial referencing that uses a linear measurement system, often used in mapping linear features such as roads, pipelines, or rivers.
  • SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, a control system architecture that uses computers, networked data communications, and graphical user interfaces for high-level process supervisory management.
  • AI: Artificial Intelligence, the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems.


  • MTR: Material Test Report, a document that certifies a material’s compliance with applicable industrial standards.
  • HCA: High Consequence Areas, locations along a pipeline where a potential failure could result in serious harm to people or the environment.
  • NPMS: National Pipeline Mapping System, a system used to collect and maintain information about pipelines in the United States.
  • Digital Twins: Digital representations of physical assets, processes, or systems, including real-time data and predictive analytics.
  • Data Governance: The overall management of the availability, usability, integrity, and security of data used in an enterprise.
  • Spatial Data: Data that identifies the geographic location of features and boundaries on Earth, providing context to traditional relational data.
  • Risk Modeling: The process of quantifying the potential impact of risk and uncertainty in an investment decision, with a focus on standardizing risk registers for various pipeline operations.