Locusview and Operations Technology Development (OTD) Further Industry Standards and Best Practices for Gas Utility Construction

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Industry partnership continues to support the digital transformation efforts of natural gas utilities

Locusview, a digital construction management company for energy infrastructure organizations, is expanding its long-term partnership with Operations Technology Development (OTD)--a not-for-profit corporation led by 28 members who serve over 70 million natural gas consumers, mainly in North America. This member-controlled collaborative of gas distribution companies are enabling a safe, resilient, and sustainable energy infrastructure and dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"Billions of dollars are invested each year into new gas infrastructure construction and replacement programs for aging infrastructures, creating a clear need for solutions that will enable utility companies to scale up their construction projects,” said Shahar Levi, Co-Founder, and CEO of Locusview. “Our long-term relationship with OTD has already created great solutions for our customers, and will create even greater new opportunities to help lead the digital transformation efforts of natural gas utilities,” he said.

“Locusview pioneered the development and deployment of technologies to automate high-quality data collection and streamline project close-out to support large-scale replacement programs. Our approach of utilizing construction crews to capture digital as-built data is made possible because of the extensive work we did together with OTD to thoroughly evaluate the technology in several pilot projects,” said Alicia Farag, Co-Founder, and President at Locusview.

“We recently developed a digital data model for Material Test Reports (MTR) for steel pipe that was published through API as a Recommended Practice 5MT. The publication of this Recommended Practice will pave the way for future work together,” added Alicia.

“We’re very pleased with the progress Locusview is making and to see that they are addressing challenges and providing solutions that not only have a positive impact on our members but on the overall industry as well. We are excited to continue working with Locusview, combining our efforts to expand industry standards and best practices for material tracking and traceability,” noted Mike Adamo, Vice President of Operations at OTD.

Founded in 2014, Locusview was a spin-out of GTI Energy (formerly the Chicago-based Gas Technology Institute). “We’ve been fortunate to work with over 25 of the nation’s leading gas utilities to bring advanced digital technologies to help the industry scale construction operations. We are committed to investing the resources and collaborating with key stakeholders to support the needs of our natural gas utility customers as their construction plans continue to grow,” said Shahar.

About Locusview
Locusview is a Digital Construction Management (DCM) platform that manages the entire infrastructure process for utilities, from planning to revenue. Founded in 2014, Locusview enables all stakeholders to streamline data flow and manage the three crucial phases of infrastructure construction projects: planning, construction, and close-out. Guided by a mission to be the world leader in digital construction technology that supports large-scale infrastructure projects from design to completion, it is committed to creating the future of smart utility construction technologies.

About Operational Technology Development
OTD was established in 2003 as an Illinois not-for-profit company to facilitate voluntarily funded, collaborative research. OTD’s mission is to identify, select, fund, and oversee research projects resulting in innovative solutions and the improved safety, reliability, operational efficiency, and sustainability of gas systems.

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