October 2016, Vol. 243, No. 10

Features

Safest Way to Perform Integrity Assessments

Pipeline operators and integrity engineers are facing increasing pressure from regulatory authorities and environmental groups to guarantee pipeline network integrity. This is why it is so important to understand the condition of their assets and perform the necessary inspections to correct potentially unsafe and critical conditions that could cause a catastrophe. When looking at the literature, it seems the first pipeline ever built was a few thousand years ago in China. At the time, they used bamboo with mud seals to move water. However, pipelines as we know them today were introduced in 1806 by the London and Westminster Gas Light and Coke Company. From that moment, pipelines companies e

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