Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis uses and combines various source data information to display the current and future layout of a designated area. By combining modern survey techniques, such as LiDAR, and proposed project designs, an accurate 3D representation of the real world can be produced. Fluor can enable life-like visualizations or a flythrough of how a pipeline route may work.

The GIS database contains all elements relating to the pipeline. The model can incorporate specific pipeline elements like: the material type, coatings, design factor, land ownership, depth of cover, outer diameter or max operating temperature. Fluor is also able to link documents, drawings, photos, geotechnical evaluations and excel flow rates into the GIS database.

GIS and CAD can provide an integrated system to read and display corresponding information within one database. By using linear referencing tools, it is then possible to feed design data from the GIS database into an automated alignment sheet generator allowing for a fast, flexible alignment sheet generation. Fluor utilizes this technology on Energy & Chemicals and Mining & Metals projects.

Client Benefits

Fluor's utilization of the GIS information furthers Fluor's engineering expertise and capabilities through:

  • Supporting decision making by integrating “what if” scenarios
  • Integrating design
  • Optimizing design
  • Global distributed working
  • Managing permitting
  • Construction monitoring/management
  • Fast/Flexible reporting
  • Centralizing data storage

GIS can be used as a distributed working tool between a number of locations to allow corroboration. The GIS oracle database can replicate overnight ensuring all sites involved are looking at current design data from the different offices working on the project.