Model updating using operational data
Because of its open architecture, PODS can be accessed and used by multiple vendors who use different platforms.
Since the data records are linked to the pipe segment, re-route, change of service, asset transfer or sale, abandonment, removal, repair, and replacement are all managed within the PODS database.
The PODS Spatial Implementation is essentially identical in content to the PODS Relational Pipeline Data Model, but was specifically developed as a geodatabase for implementation on the ESRI platform.
The PODS data model is typically implemented on a relational database management system (RDBMS) such as Oracle or SQL Server.
Facts are typically (but not always) numeric values that can be aggregated, and dimensions are groups of hierarchies and descriptors that define the facts.
For example, sales amount is a fact; timestamp, product, register#, store#, etc. Dimensional models are built by business process area, e.g. Because the different business process areas share some but not all dimensions, efficiency in design, operation, and consistency, is achieved using conformed dimensions, i.e.