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Reference Number NIA_NGN_271
Title myDart Phase 2 – Digital Asset Records Tool
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 20%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Other Supporting Data) 80%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 70%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 July 2020
End Date 01 March 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £259,396
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGN_271
Objectives The focus of this proposal is to take the Proof of Concept (PoC) Demonstrator application (NIA_NGN_229) and progress it towards a version of the application that fulfils TRL8 criteria.myDart Phase 1(NIA_NGN_229) was to produce a proof of concept (TRL4) mobile application which was capable of consuming geospatial information with inbuilt data validation (spatial and none spatial). Following playback of the PoC it was confirmed that these objectives were met and that with the improved and simplified data capture process along with the in-built upfront data validation, the current back office QA/QC tasks would be greatly improved. myDart phase 2 will now look to build on the success of phase one and take the application from proof of concept (TRL4) through to a commercial ready solution (TRL8) enabling the solution to be rolled out across the network to deliver all Repex reporting, whilst allowing the decommissioning of the current Collector application. Successful delivery of phase 2 and a production ready application (TRL8) will also enable NGN to assess further benefits of extending the solution to all areas of the business whilst enabling future S4 & GIS integration. This project will produce an application that is complete at TRL8, as follows:The functional capabilities addressed by this project will Be “commercially ready”; have been tested in an operational environment; have been demonstrated in an operational environment; be fully integrated with operational hardware and software in an environment that is a Functional Test Environment provisioned by 1Spatial and accessible for purposes of Functional Acceptance Testing and stakeholder demonstration by NGN; User documentation, training documentation, and maintenance documentation will be limited, but complete in so far as these are relevant to the scope described in this proposal and to the Functional Test Environment; NGN will be able to, and indeed is responsible for, Functional Acceptance Testing (FAT) in the 1Spatial-provisioned Functional Test Environment; Functional Acceptance Testing by NGN will verify and validate the functional scope described in this proposal. For requirements identified for release at up to TRL8, this project will produce an application that is complete with respect to the scope described in this proposal at up to TRL8, which may includethe following: Engineering feasibility fully demonstrated in actual system application. This project will progress the POC Demonstrator developed in NIA_NGN_229 and release it into 1Spatials Function Test Environment at TRL8. Phase2 will focus on: An app designed for and by the end users themselves Enhanced, automated data validation, correction and creation Connected and disconnected data capture Integration with existing GIS platforms (e.g. Esri) Simple, easy to use application Integration with GNSS devices for accurate location 3D enabled (for future 3D requirements) Full DR4 recording (Pipe Geography & Plant) & reporting DR4 rules validation to ensure compliance Full MRD reporting and D30 tracking Recording and documenting dual services & multiple span information In built service digitisation rules ensuring compliance GD2 reporting ready 1 click approval / rejection Street & Project completion recording Capture of all on site documentation – RO/NRO, Test Certificates, Permits, Forms of Authority & Site Audits Revised data model to support integration with S4 Enhanced spatial validation rules Full reporting suite Enable de-commissioning of Collector Remove the reliance of ArcGIS online for data returns Reduced back office QA/QC effort
Abstract NGN already have the capability to electronically capture, draw and map assets in the field, albeit in a standalone system with limited capability (Collector). The current process for capturing and integrating data from the field is inefficient, error prone and there are issues with Collector that have impacted take-up of the app with the field crews. So much so, that some crews have reverted to recording information on paper. As a result, NGN and 1Spatial have embarked on a project to develop a solution to improve user experience, increase data quality and streamline the data collection process to increase overall end-to-end data management productivity. The purpose of the Phase 2 project is to build upon the successful Proof of Concept (POC) which was delivered as Phase 1. Testing in Phase 1 identified a number of new user requirements, as well as the need to refine some existing requirements. These will be delivered as part of Phase 2 whilst the solution is developed from a simple proof of concept (TRL4) to a qualified production ready system (TRL8). Although Phase 2 will not mark the end of development for the full myDart project, it aims to provide NGN with a production ready application so that NGN can realise the benefit of this innovation as quickly as possible.
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