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As lead web developer for PG&E's California Gas Transmission (CGT), I developed the Pipe Ranger website within the PG&E domain. Pipe Ranger is a site with a small, but very devoted, customer base. (Only about 100 people a day visited the site, but those 100 visited multiple times daily, even weekends and holidays.) When I arrived at CGT, the existing site was entirely static: mostly news stories and informational pieces about Gas Accord Restructuring.

After the dawn of Gas Accord Restructuring, there was a marked customer need for timely and complete information on the pipeline status. The Pipeline Status page was the first of many such pages to be written in Perl. This page in particular rapidly became the most popular on the site and was subjected to multiple iterations. Disclaimer: the page linked to here is recent and reflects the current look and feel of the Pipe Ranger site; however, the functionality appears to be fundamentally unchanged.

This was subsequently supplemented by a web-based form for the Scheduling team to use to enter information regarding Operational Flow Orders (OFO). The script that I wrote to drive this updated the Pipeline Status page; if an OFO was called, it also sent a text page or email message to those who had so requested.

I also conducted onsite training in HTML. A copy of my syllabus is available: Introduction to HTML. Partially as a result of this course, I was able to create an informal web production team. (Although Pipe Ranger was neither big enough nor complex enough to require a team, forming the team both ensured backup for times that I might be unavailable and offered a development opportunity for department members who were interested in exploring web production.) The formation of the team led to the development of Pipe Dreamer, our own Intranet/training ground.