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TGI linked Emerson's
OpenEnterprise SCADA
system with PipelineManager simulation software
to collect data in real time
and create a digital replica
of the company's entire
pipeline network.

feature | solution focus

Predict
The Future

To Improve Operations

Digital-twin technology allows natural-gas provider to react to problems before they begin.
NATURAL-GAS PROVIDERS RELY on operators who can
make fast, informed decisions to serve a variety of customers with
constantly changing needs. However, as the size and complexity
of the pipeline network increases and several variables influence
their objectives of reliability, safety, quick response, accuracy, and
regulation, these companies have begun looking to digital-transformation strategies to provide the fast, thorough information that their
businesses need.
Transportadora de Gas Internacional (TGI) is the largest natural
gas transporter in Colombia, with more than 25 years in the business. The organization has seen firsthand the value of implementing
digital solutions to upskill and support decision making. For years,
TGI engineers had been using complex spreadsheets to handle dayto-day changes and disaster planning. Responses to issues such as

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shut down of fields, shut down of compressor plants, pipeline maintenance, and pipeline leaks or ruptures all had their impacts calculated on lcomplicated spreadsheets. This solution allowed the reliability
team to gain visibility of its assets and manage the complications of
running a pipeline, but it was difficult to teach and cumbersome to
maintain for even the most experienced employees. Relying on these
paper records made it particularly difficult to identify where a problem occurred whenever a delivery discrepancy was detected.
To better align analytics and operations, the reliability team developed a comprehensive prescriptive- and predictive-maintenance
solution to digitize operations across the organization. At the heart
of this solution is a powerful digital-twin simulation of TGI's entire
operation. With 24/7 access to advanced simulation technology,
operations and maintenance now can not only closely monitor
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