November 2014, Vol. 241, No. 11

TechNotes

Risk Assessment Software Vital For Pipeline Safety

Opvantek’s decision support software (Optimain® DS) is used to assess risk and prioritize replacement in many of the nation’s largest and oldest gas distribution systems, accounting for over 25% of the total U.S. distribution mileage. In continuous development for over 20 years, Optimain® DS has algorithms for evaluating risk across diverse and complex piping systems and environments, comprising every piping technology in use since the early 1900s. Gas utilities are well aware of safety issues related to infrastructure deterioration and have continued to increase investments to replace underground infrastructure for the past several decades. Nevertheless, as

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