Most pipeline proposals are met with a challenging environment comprised of layers of permitting, stakeholder outreach and landowner negotiations. Once a proposal is permitted and all the legal rights or easements have been acquired from the landowners, the next step usually involves staking of the proposed facility, including all the workspaces, the centerline of the pipeline, environmental buffers, changes in pipe coatings, wall thicknesses and other engineering and environmental related features. In forested areas, this is generally a two step process; initially staking the extents of the clearing, followed by a re-staking after the trees and stumps have been removed. The precise staking of these features is critical to ensuring that all construction activities are kept within project permitted and easement areas to avoid permit violations and trespass, each of which could subject the project to penalties and potential delays.
SGC leverages GIS technology as a primary tool for ensuring that the construction staking process is performed accurately and according to project schedules. As in all of SGC’s survey activities, a strict process of QA/QC is incorporated to ensure the proper placement of all stakes and to provide a defensible back-up should stakes be moved prior to or during the construction process. We are able to provide up to date visual and static reporting of crew progress to aid project management in the scheduling of other construction tasks by utilizing GIS technologies to create reports and dynamic project maps via online browsers.