November 2011, Vol. 238 No. 11

Features

Intelligent Control Room Management For Oil And Gas Pipeline Safety

Globally, mankind has more than 1,500,000 km of oil and gas pipelines – with more than 600,000 km in North America alone. These numbers are even higher when one adds pipelines transporting other hazardous gases and liquids. Though efficient and critical, these pipelines carry high costs for individual safety incidents. Around the world, pipeline safety and security are immediate concerns, both for industry and government. In the United States, the Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule, RIN 2137–AE28: “Pipeline Safety: Control Room Management/Human Factors.” The final rule amends

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