Network Modeling Tools to Analyse Design and Distribution Natural Gas

GASWorkS has continued to evolve since our first quite simple but effective version of the software was released in 1991. Our latest release supports a very sophisticated map style graphical data interface, a quick solution routine, and provides support for a number of different model elements, including support for individual customer features. GASWorkS provides an extensive set of network modeling tools designed to assist the User analyze and design distribution, transmission, gathering, and plant piping systems conveying natural gas or other compressible fluids.

GASWorkS may be used to create steady-state models of systems containing not only standard pipe type elements, but also supports regulator, compressor, valve, well, and fitting type elements.

GASWorkS calculates the estimated valve coefficient for regulators, and the estimated power and fuel requirements for compressors. A pipe sizing function is provided to assist in determining the required size for selected pipes in the model.

The Solution Method...

GASWorkS uses a Newton-Nodal, iterative method of solution. It supports a number of flow equations including the AGATurbulent, Colebrook, IGT-Improved, Mueller High and Low-Pressure, Oliphant, Panhandle-A, Panhandle-B, Pole Low- Pressure, Spitzglass High and Low-Pressure, and Weymouth equations. The solution routine provides efficient solution of virtually any sized model – tested to 250,000 node.

The solution routine allows the flowing temperature to be calculated based on environmental heat loss and gain. Gas properties at a specific location , including specific gravity, viscosity, ratio of specific heats, and heating value, can be calculated based on the gas composition. Mixed gas properties throughout the system can be calculated based on the flow distribution. Compressibility can be calculated using one of several methods, including the latest revision of AGA 8.

Graphical Data Interface (GDI)

The Graphical Data Interface (GDI) provides map style graphical access to the model data. The GDI allows the inclusion of Bitmap (BMP) or Drawing Interchange File (DXF), or Shape (SHP file images as a reference background. Using the GDI, the User can draw the model schematic using point-and-click mouse entry, coordinate value entry, or relative distance and angle entry. The GDI provides pop-up data screens for editing and viewing of the various pipe, node and customer data and analysis results.

The GDI includes a wide variety of tools for modifying the pipe, node, and customer model features including routines for adding, deleting and moving features. Various zoom commands including the ability to zoom in by a User specified window, zoom by a User specified scale, and zoom to a previous view allow the User to easily move around the model image. A robust set of color coding and tracing routines enhance the User's ability to graphically review the analysis results and the system's performance. The trace routines are complimented by the inclusion of what we refer to as “valve nodes”. The valve node feature was developed to assist in the design and layout of emergency isolation areas. A complete set of annotation routines allows the User to include notes and references in the model graphics.

The GDI display can include:

  • Two-point, polyline, and arc style pipe symbols
  • Node, customer, and pseudo service line symbols
  • Pipe, node, and customer data values as text
  • Piping symbols for non-pipe type elements
  • User defined annotation, graphic lines and shapes
  • Fitting symbols
  • Valve node symbols
  • Flow direction arrows
  • Marker flags
  • And multiple background reference images.

The User may customize the GDI's display properties by setting display colors, line and symbol types, and display size and width.

The GDI tools are accessed through descriptive tool icons contained on function based "fly-out" tool bars, through a command line and list interface, and through a floating tool palette which can be arranged, sized, and placed to meet the User's preference.

Report Routines

The report routines provide spreadsheet style reporting of the analysis results - including the ability to edit model data directly from within the report by simply selecting the cell you wish to edit and making the desired change. The User may select the items to be included in the report by collapsing the columns associated with the unwanted items.

The pipe report provides a comprehensive collection of information including reporting of both size/type and internal diameter values, reporting of pipe inlet, outlet and average pressures, flow rates, velocities and volumes, and simultaneous reporting of linear and pressure drop per User specified length. Selection sets may be created from within the standard reports, allowing unique reporting of User specified data groups. Hierarchical queries allow the creation of sub-sets from a previously created selection set. Reports may be printed onto any Windows supported device, allowing the selection of paper orientation, and font size and type.

Other Features

Import And Export Routines

GASWorkS includes an extensive set of import and export routines allowing data to be exchanged between a variety of applications. Support is provided for ASCII and DBF, Microsoft Access and excel files, third party model data files, GIS shape (SHP) files, and a robust DXF translator allowing both import and export graphical data.

The DXF and SHP import rutines allow automatic creation of a GASWorkS model from a CAD drawing or GIS data set.

Customer Features

Diversified load values for antenna or skeleton type network configurations can be automatically distributed using the Diversity routine - based on the British IGE calculation standards. An external database may be attached to the GASWorkS customer data features. This is especially useful for connecting the billing file data to the model data.

Main Attribute Features

An external database may be attached to the GASWorkS pipe data features. This is useful for maintaining the non-model attribute data such as address, pipe specification, and test pressure values.

User Interface

Each of the GASWorkS routines are accessed through its friendly and efficient point-and-click User interface. GASWorkS is fully menu-driven and provides logical access to data and results. On-line help, including an extensive collection of how-to topics is just a click away.