August 2018, Vol. 245, No. 8

Features

Embedding Operating Procedures in Pipeline SCADA

By Keith Ferguson, Vice President, Pipeline Energy Dynamics Intl (PEDI) The pipeline SCADA operator has one of the most critical jobs in the industry and should be given all the help available to keep pipelines safe and operational. To this end, more than 25 years ago, a major oil company determined that SCADA-embedded operating procedures and safety features were needed. The selected method was placing the operating procedures inside the SCADA system to increase pipeline safety and prevent incidents on their various pipelines. With management support, these safety and operating procedures were embedded in all the SCADA systems and since the features were so effective, they are required t

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