March 2012, Vol. 239 No. 3

Features

GIS-based Risk Analysis Simplifies Assessment Process

Risk identification and assessment are essential for effective pipeline safety and integrity management. Using risk and/or likelihood of failure evaluation, pipelines are prioritized for physical assessment and for implementation of preventive and mitigative measures. From a facility operations perspective, risk quantification can provide important information for effectively allocating limited resources. The risk-analysis process is data-intensive. Substantial information is required to describe the pipeline facility, its construction, its operation, and the environment through which it is routed. Numerous options exist for collection, storage, management, and maintenance of th

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