PRCI Forum Focuses On Improving Pipeline Safety

April 2011 Vol. 238 No. 4

More than 230 attendees participated in Pipeline Research Council International’s fifth annual Pipeline Program Research Exchange Meeting held in February in Atlanta.

The three-day meeting was organized into four parallel technical tracks:

  • Corrosion led by Committee Chair Albert van Roodselaar of Chevron;
  • Design, Materials and Construction led by Committee Chair Tom Zimmerman of Enbridge;
  • Mechanical Damage led by Operations and Integrity Committee Chair, Mures Zaréa of GDF Suez; and,
  • Operations and Integrity led by Committee Vice-chair John O’Brien of Chevron.
  • Presenters reported developments across the pipeline technology spectrum, including:
  • Design improvements for pipelines that transport CO-2 with impurities responding to the increasing interest on carbon sequestration and the use of CO-2 for enhanced oilfield recovery.
  • Strain-based design which is especially useful for pipelines in arctic regions, offshore, and in areas of geologic instability.
  • Innovations in technologies for detecting and characterizing mechanical damage and improved analytical models for assessing the impacts after damage occurs.
  • Mechanical damage prevention using sensor-based systems for in-ground and aerial application.
  • Non-destructive evaluation of pipeline condition, including composite materials inspection and inspection through coatings.
  • Advanced technologies and data algorithms for leak detection.
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