PipelineML GeoPackager Released as Free Open-source QGIS Plugin

Wayland, MA – February 12, 2021

The OGC PipelineML Standards Working Group today announced the release of a free open-source plugin for QGIS. This plugin converts a PipelineML file into a GeoPackage (an open geospatial data format that is readily understood by QGIS and other GIS software). Once a PipelineML file has been ingested into QGIS as a GeoPackage, the geospatial data can be visualized, all the PipelineML attributes displayed, and that data can be edited within the free open-source QGIS application.

Since QGIS already supports the import and export of many other data formats such as Shapefiles, GeoJSON, GeoRSS, and others, the PipelineML GeoPackager facilitates the conversion of PipelineML files to and from many other common data formats. “The addition of this plugin adds a considerable amount of value to the PipelineML data interchange ecosystem,” commented Jan Stuckens, Co-chair of the PipelineML Standards Working Group. Adding further, “Our goal with PipelineML is to make a rich array of free open-source solutions to the pipeline industry and this value proposition can be clearly seen in the release of this important resource.”

It is important to note that this plugin was developed through the PipelineML open-source development community. In this case, Jeff Bourdier, a software developer with 9 years of experience in the pipeline industry, volunteered to develop this plugin. “I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to this new OGC standard, which I believe will significantly improve data interoperability in the pipeline industry,” remarked Jeff. “Jeff has been a valuable addition to our developer community. We see a huge opportunity for open-source development within the oil and gas space. As data demands continue to increase, we must stay ahead of the growth curve with increasingly smarter and more flexible technologies and business processes. We believe PipelineML is just the start of an emerging trend to develop open-source solutions to meet pipeline market demands,” commented John Tisdale, Co-chair of the PipelineML Standards Working Group.

PipelineML GeoPackager is released under the GNU General Public License v3.0 license, which can be found here. The source code for the PipelineML GeoPackager is managed here. A tutorial on how to install and use this plugin can be found here. QGIS can be downloaded here. Jeff Bourdier can be reached on Github here and LinkedIn here.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. OGC’s member-driven consensus process creates royalty-free, publicly available, open geospatial standards. Existing at the cutting edge, OGC actively analyzes and anticipates emerging tech trends, and runs an agile, collaborative Research and Development (R&D) lab – the OGC Innovation Program – that builds and tests innovative prototype solutions to members’ use cases. To learn more about OGC, visit ogc.org.

PipelineML is an open-source data interchange standard that allows pipeline operators, service providers, and software companies to freely exchange pipeline asset information in a free, open, universal international standard. To learn how your organization can benefit from the capabilities of PipelineML, visit pipelineml.org.

European Press Contact: Jan Stuckens

Phone: +32 2 3092 112

Email: jan.stuckens@merkator.com

U.S. Press Contact: John Tisdale

Phone: 713-381-5565

Email: jtisdale@eprod.com

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