Interactive Pipeline Map – A Visual Tool for Open Data


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Interactive Pipeline Map – A Visual Tool for Open Data
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The GIS group in the Data & Information Management (DAIM) Business Unit at the Canada Energy Regulator (CER)

Filtering through massive amounts of data to identify pipeline locations and understand pipeline-related incidents can be overwhelming. To better inform Canadians and make it easier to understand pipeline-related information, the Canada Energy Regulator created an interactive map.

This tool uses open data to identify the location of federally-regulated pipelines, any incidents and why they occurred, as well as First Nations Reserves, and modern and historical Treaty lands.

To create this interactive pipeline map, the Canada Energy Regulator layered data from multiple sources including Government of Canada departments such as:

  • Natural Resources Canada for a map layer on First Nations reserves, and data to create the base map of Canada (national parks and park reserves, topographic data of Canada, Canada’s inland surface water – lakes, rivers and streams, canals, etc.);
  • Statistics Canada for mapping of transportation networks (roads, ferry connections, toll points, etc.);
  • Parks Canada for mapping of national parks and national park reserves;
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada for mapping of Canada’s wetlands; and
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada for map layers on modern and historical Treaty lands, as well as data to identify First Nations locations and Tribal Councils locations.
  • Using this interactive tool, Canadians can now easily see where pipelines are located by zooming into their community and learning about pipelines located around them.

The Canada Energy Regulator uses open data to better inform Canadians on pipeline locations and pipeline-related incidents. Through data visualization, they are able to easily identify safety and environmental risks for pipeline and powerline projects, and help predict impacts of forest fire movements and flooding on pipelines and related facilities.

A screenshot of an interactive pipeline map which shows pipelines across Canada including their length, the number of incidents, and the nature of the incident.
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