March 2014, Vol. 241 No. 3

Features

Accurate Pipeline Inspection Data Requires More Than A Pig

An often overlooked aspect of technology development in the pipeline inspection world, though one that usually turns out to be the most critical to success, is the people involved. All of us in the oil and gas pipeline industry know about intelligent pigs. In recent years, the constant focus on the tools themselves has affected how the market looks at inline inspection (ILI). The need for operators to create a competitive, level playing field to enable purchasing departments to leverage buying power is a very understandable strategy, and has created an intense emphasis at the buying stage on the technical attributes of ILI tools. However, the pigs are simply data collection mac

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