Next Generation (PODS 7.0)


The PODS Association’s Next Generation initiative is focused on a complete re-design and modernization of the PODS Pipeline Data Model. The re-design of the PODS Pipeline Data Model is driven by PODS Association Strategy objectives as defined in its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, as well as from nearly 20 years of PODS Pipeline Data Model implementation experience and lessons learned. PODS Next Generation goal is transformation of the Standards and Data Model.

The Next Gen initiative has resulted in a new data model – the PODS Pipeline Data Model Version 7.0 – as well as a Data Exchange Specification and migration and implementation guidance and instructions. The Next Gen Data Exchange Specification facilitates data translations between the PODS Pipeline Data Model Versions 7.0 and earlier as well as other data models and also enables system integration via service-oriented approaches. This re-designed Data Model will standardize and modernize data management and reporting across the pipeline industry.

Starting in May of 2019. The PODS Association will be providing incremental releases of the full PODS Pipeline Data Model. As a subset of Version 7.0, PODS Lite version 1.1 offers current and potential future Association members the opportunity to preview the re-designed data model.

This is the biggest undertaking of the Association since we organized and we are excited about what it can mean for the industry—efficiencies and effectiveness in reporting to achieve better internal analysis.
–Paul Herrmann, PODS Association Board Member

“PODS Next Generation is defining a standard that is easy to understand, simplified, rigorously documented and makes use of current technology. It is important for pipeline data consistency and interoperability. How PODS is implemented makes a difference. This is what we are working toward in PODS 
Next Generation.”
–Peter Veenstra, Co-Chair of the PODS Association Next Generation Work Group & Board Member

Recent Progress

  • August 2019: New ArcGIS Desktop Toolbox added to downloads page. The original toolbox included with the 7.0 package works with ArcGIS Pro but a bug was discovered when used with ArcGIS Desktop. Login to PODS Member Portal and go to downloads page to retrieve this new document.
  • May 2019:  PODS 7.0 Released!
  • October 2018: Subcommittees to complete History and ILI Modules formed with new volunteers.
  • September 2018: Pete Veenstra presented “Constructing the Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS) Next Generation Model” at IPC 2018 Conference (view/download poster here).
  • September 2018: PODS Lite version 1.1 Launched
  • February 2018: Article published in PPDM Foundations Magazine


Next Generation defines PODS 7.0 design and documents the data interchange. Progress is regularly reported at PODS Conferences as well as via quarterly free webinars. To expedite execution of this effort, PODS has been working with a contractor for the technical work, Image Matters, LLC

Kurt Buehler, President of Image Matters, is a recognized leader, with industry expertise in standards development, data modeling and creation of data standards. Mr. Buehler serves as primary consultant to PODS. Their experts have created similar work for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and have successfully led or contributed to inoperability projects such as Geospatial Interoperability Framework (FEMA), and the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).

Supporting Documents

Poster created by PODS Board Member and Next Gen Co-Chair Pete Veenstra for the IPC Conference in September 2018 (click image to enlarge JPG or CLICK HERE for 10MB PDF version for high quality printing.

PODS 7.0 Conceptual Model

2018 Forum Presentations

2017 Pipeline Week Slidedeck

October 2016 White Papers

Next Gen Project Charter Final

Next Generation Scope

Members of Next Gen Work Group

Peter Veenstra, PIVVOT (Co-Chair)

Chad Corcoran, Andeavor (Co-Chair)

Stephen Greenwald, TRC

Buddy Nagel, Kinder Morgan,Inc.

Todd Patterson, Buckeye Partners,L.P.

Craig Hawkins, Crestwood Midstream Partners LP

Dominic Palazzolo, Williams

Kirk Cameron, New Century Software

Michael Ray, Geofields


Members of ILI Subcommittee Work Group

Buddy Nagel, Kinder Morgan,Inc.

Aaron Raehl, Williams

Alejandro Reyes, Rosen Group (Co-Chair)

Case Mcnealy, Baker Hughes GE

David Parker, TD Williamson

Dianna Gryniewski, ddms,Inc. (Co-Chair)

Dustin Tang, Dynamic Risk Assessment

Laura Kaufmann, Buckeye Partners, L.P.

Nick Sines, Tallgrass Energy Partners

Ron Brush, New Century Software

Yan Wang, Geonamic Systems,Inc.


Members of History Subcommittee Work Group

Kirk Cameron, New Century Software

Anthony Herman, Lattitude Geographics

Brian McCormack, Geonamic Systems,Inc.

Jeff Wilcox, Kinder Morgan,Inc.

Kristen Poteet, ExxonMobil Global Services Company

Natalie Klesnick, Petro IT Limited (Co-Chair)

Patricia Dulban, Integrity Mapping, Inc. (Co-Chair)

Scott Engel, Novara GeoSolutions

Tracy Thorleifson, G2