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Are You Collecting Enough Data During Your Distribution Surveys?

When scheduling surveys for distribution systems, you have to have the big picture in mind – and having the right data lets you do that. For example, capturing latitude and longitude measurements (if you're not doing so already) will:

  • Allow you to instantly see which facilities may be impacted by a region-specific emergency, like a fire or structure collapse
  • Make it easier for you to develop routes
  • Help technicians quickly locate the facility to be surveyed
  • Give auditors confidence that the correct facilities are being surveyed
  • Allow you to share facility location with your GIS department and, in turn, your integrity management group, which will help with things like valve placement analyses

To help you see if there's any information you may want to start gathering or considering, we've listed the data types commonly collected by PCS customers who work in distribution. Scroll down to read through the lists. You may also want to learn more about:


Leak Survey

Leak facility type
Inspection date and time
Latitude
Longitude
Meter number
Service number
Address
Location description
Customer information
Meter location (Inside or outside)
Meter leak surveyed
Service leak surveyed
Could not survey reason
Leak found
Leak location
Leak class
Percentage
Leak reported
Type of reading
Technician
Inspection remarks

Atmospheric Survey

Atmospheric facility type
Inspection date and time
Latitude
Longitude
Address
Location description
Abnormal conditions
Inspection grade
Paint / coating condition
Exposure length
Follow-up required
Pictures
Technician
Inspection remarks

Valve Survey

Valve facility type
Inspection date and time
Latitude
Longitude
Address
Location description
Extent of operation
Position found
Position left
Pressure found
Pressure left
Stem travel
Lubricated
Coating
Condition
Secured
Pass / fail
Technican
Inspection remarks

CP Survey

CP facility type
Inspection date and time
Latitude
Longitude
Address
Location description
Rectifier volts / amps
Anode current
Negative current
Test point pipe-to-soil (on)
Test point pipe-to-soil (off)
Test point foreign pipe-to-soil
Test point casing pipe-to-soil
Bond current
Tank pipe-to-soil (north, south, east west)
Technician
Inspection remarks