Trans-Alaska Gas System, Alaska (TAGS) (1999-Ongoing): From 1999 through 2003, 3PP and Resource Data Inc. (RDI)worked hand in hand to develop an approximately 1,000,000-acre GIS, for Yukon Pacific Corporation's TAGS project. This is likely one of the largest and most comprehensive environmental GIS data sets in Alaska. The primary purpose of this work was to support acquisition of the USACE Section 404 Clean Water Act and Section 10 River and Harbors Act permits needed for TAGS, a proposed natural gas pipeline that would extend 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. Cheryl Moody, principal of 3PP, acted as the project manager and lead wetland scientist for this massive effort, which included supervision of wetland scientists from local consulting firms, HDR Alaska and ABR, Inc.
In 1999, 3PPI also directed a comprehensive office and field review of potential TAGS functional assessment methodologies with an interagency task force composed of state and federal agency wetland regulators. Mapping for this project was completed using heads-up digitizing tools and software in ArcView 3.3, directly over ortho-rectified digital aerial photographs. 3PPI and RDI were responsible for training all subcontractors, including those from HDR Alaska and ABR, Inc., in the use of this technology, and overseeing their work.
From 2000 to 2002 field teams systematically worked over 400 miles of the alignment, collecting the field data necessary to support the mapping and project permit applications. During the project, over 3,000 field data points were collected by field teams from 3PPI and other consulting companies. Data from these evaluations were housed in a custom built Access database hosted on a Cold Fusion web Platform. The project was terminated in 2003 due to unfavorable market conditions and lack of political support for an all-Alaska large diameter gas-line project.
From 2008 to March of 2011, 3PPI represented CSX, the parent company of the Yukon Pacific Corporation, in ongoing meetings related to the sale of their environmental and engineering data assets to other large diameter pipeline project proponents. In April of 2011, 3PPI purchased the majority of these assets from YPC and is partitioning the digital data into subsets to sell to interested parties in the mining, transportation, telecommunications, and oil and gas development sectors.