Digital Submissions

Standards for pipeline digital submissions

In order to submit digital data an operator must be able to generate one of four geospatial file types: Shape Files (.shp, .shx, .dbf, .prj).  This Geospatial (GIS) file type is further described in the text below.  If an operator is unable to convert their data into this GIS file format, then the Commission encourages operators to contact a vendor who specializes in GIS Data Conversion.  

To facilitate the submission of digital data, the Commission has created a List of Vendors who have complied with our data submission requirements.   

A Guide to Shapefile Submissions (PDF) – Provides a detailed description of each required attribute field.

Shape Files (.shp, .shx, .dbf, .prj)

  • Submit only one set of shape files per permit.
  • Submit files using the Geographic Coordinate System (GCS), which means that the x-/y- coordinate values are using the longitude/latitude values for the State of Texas.  These values are –93 to –107 decimal degrees for the x-coordinate and 25 to 37 decimal degrees for the y-coordinate value.  NAD 27 or NAD 83

Naming Files

  • 01234 = permit number or use system name if permit number not assigned yet (limit name to a maximum of 8 characters). File names must not contain a space.

For any questions you may have regarding this information, send them to the following email address:

Last Updated: 7/22/2020 5:25:50 PM