Guarding Indian Oil pipelines

Guarding Indian Oil pipelines


State-owned Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) had problems managing its patrolling workforce which was responsible for guarding the oil marketing company’s (OMC) pipeline networks across the country panning through multiple states. The IOCL workforce is divided into units, each having an 8-km section of the pipeline under its guard. Patrolling is carried out on foot during the day and on vehicles at night.

The Problem
Managing such large-scale operations spread over the country’s diverse landscape a on a day-to-day basis was indeed challenging. Help was needed in the form of experience and an approach to safety that is unmatched in the patrol field.

The OMC approached MapmyIndia for a solution. Following were the expectations:

  • Mapping of IOCL pipeline assets and the land surrounding it or Right of Way (RoW)
  • Guard must visit designated 8-km section of pipeline everyday for inspection and patrolling
  • Vehicle patrolling of stretches every night
  • Reporting of exact place in case of any incident
  • Overall monitoring
  • MIS reports for the management
  • Total km surveyed: 1,400
  • Total devices deployed: handheld – 207; in-vehicle – 19

The Solution
The expectations were studied and operations understood. MapmyIndia identified the following issues as points to be addressed in the solution:

  • Is the guard reaching the RoW section on time?
  • Is he patrolling the right section of the pipeline?
  • How can the exact place be located in case of an untoward incident?
  • How does a quick response team reach the place of incident? What route should it take?
  • Do we know if there are any hospitals, police stations, natural reservoir, approach roads etc near the pipeline?

After a detailed study, MapmyIndia decided to go for GPS/GIS based mapping of the IOCL pipeline assets in the designated parameter. Taking into consideration all the observations and expectations, the company developed solutions where in-depth pipeline surveys were carried out of the specific area, clearly laying attributes like riverway, pump stations, high-occupancy vehicle lanes, medium-occupancy vehicle lanes, CP station, turning points with digitisation of the survey data etc.

MapmyIndia also developed the GIS map of the pipeline which consisted of the overlaying of the pipeline network on top of the base map.

The project also entailed creating web-based GIS solution where the application allowed interaction with GIS map of the pipeline. The MapmyIndia application helped in extracting tracking application with MIS reports which provided relevant reporting such as deviation report, movement report, overspeeding report, stoppage report and others.



The result
The total solution ensured monitoring of the movement of guards and vehicles who patrol the pipeline section. Mapping could also report exact location of place in case of any untoward incidents that may affect the safety of the pipeline. The mapping also cut down on pilferage of petroleum products.

The project was done in two phases where the total length of the stretch were surveyed in different locations and various GPS/GIS devices that were deployed within the project.

The feedback from IOCL says it all: “Adjudged as the Best Project Done for Pipeline Mapping across all circles with the best quality survey and mapping.”