NOVA Gas Transmission Opens Its Engineering Data Pipeline
NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. operates Alberta's 13,300-mile-long, high-pressure pipline, which is one of
the world's most technologically advanced gas tranportation systems.
Its engineers have been long time Microstation® CADD users, amassing large quantities of
drawings. Many of these drawings are considered active at any point in time.
In the early years, a custom drawing file system had been developed in FORTRAN on a VAX
to assist in the management of CADD data. This system helped engineering, but couldn't regulate the file
names or stored locations of the files. Additionally, it was requiring two persons per year to support it.
Finally, the need to access the files was increasing in the organizations outside of engineering. After
15 years of use, the established file management system was not sufficient to meet their needs. Recognizing
that access and control must improve, NOVA Gas Transmission began the journey to replace their engineering
drawing file system.
Representatives attended a Kalthoff EDMS conference and realized that they needed a document management
solution, rather than a CADD filemanager replacement. Following the conference, the document management
proponents formed a team, generated a business case, and got approval for funding of a document management
solution. A consultant they met at the Kalthoff Conference was hired to review thier proposed Request for
Proposal (RFP), validate the requirements and provide a list of proposed vendors.
Shortly thereafter, in the year 1995, NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. had a vendor-ready RFP and a list of
10 vendor prospects for their CADD Management Environment Solution for all CAD drawings and related
Vendor demonstrations followed NOVA's process to vendors. Three vendors remained whose products
met the CADD and text-orientated requirements.
"Of these three vendors, we felt that Auto-trol's
KONFIG® CM (formally CENTRA 2000®) system held the greatest
promise for growing with NOVA Gas Transmission as our immediate engineering needs matured; and as the
document and product data management use expanded throughout the corporation and into our contractor
base" said Jim Bailey, NOVA's Manager, Provide & Maintain, Information Management
"Additionally, Auto-trol's attention to, and understanding of, our business needs gave
us most confidence in their ability to work with us to implement the appropriate solution," he