Gas and Pipeline Enterprise Data Management is the starting place to implement a unified solution for both networked and linear referenced pipelines. It is recommended that vertically integrated gas utilities, and gas and hazardous liquid pipelines operators, implement both the ArcGIS Utility Network and ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing for a comprehensive pipe data management solution that enables pipeline asset management over the entirety of the supply chain. Gas and Pipeline Enterprise Data Management features the Utility and Pipeline Data Model (UPDM) and includes common gas and pipeline data management workflows.
The Gas and Pipeline Enterprise Data Management solution is a starting place to implement a utility network, with or without linear referencing support, for a natural gas or hazardous liquid pipeline system. Supported pipe subsystems include gathering, transmission, and distribution. The included information model supports management of the pipe segments, equipment, fittings, inspections, and events with the utility network and the ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing capabilities. The provided information model is not intended to include every possible variation of equipment. Most organizations will extend the provided information model to represent how their pipeline systems are constructed, and to integrate with other information systems.
The Gas and Pipeline Enterprise Data Management solution will evolve as new capabilities are added to the ArcGIS Utility Network and ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing. It is important to understand that you are not required to upgrade your implementation to stay in sync with changes to the Gas and Pipeline Enterprise Data Management solution. Remember Gas and Pipeline Enterprise Data Management is a starting point and your implementation will modify it as appropriate for your specific circumstances.
When considering whether to migrate your implementation to a newer version of the Gas and Pipeline Enterprise Data Management, it is important to understand that migration may entail a significant amount of work and expense. As a matter of best practice, you should identify the benefits of migrating to a new version of the Gas and Pipeline Enterprise Data Management and evaluate the benefits against the work and expense. Only if there is a significant positive benefit should you consider upgrading.
Below are the release dates and version information for the gas data model and the supported versions of ArcGIS Pro and the Utility Network Release.