Integration of Engineering-Based Integrity Management Program

October 2016, Vol. 243, No. 10

By Chris Alexander, P.E., and Ron Scrivner, Metallurgist, Stress Engineering Services, Houston

Managing pipeline integrity requires greater rigor than in previous years. The goal is to continue operating an aging infrastructure without incident while also meeting increased regulatory requirements and optimizing integrity dollars. The industry currently has the basic tools to solve the simple or common integrity threats. In the context of this discussion, “tools” implies any resources used to address integrity issues, namely inspection technologies and analytical tools for evaluating the collected inspection data. It is our observation that most pipeline companies perform integrity management using in-house methods or resources developed by consultants. As one would…

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