August 2018, Vol. 245, No. 8

PPSA 2018 Pigging Update

Pipeline Digs Get Assist From PMO

By Richie Ngo, Supervisor, GTS, Walnut Creek, Calif. The Digs Project Management Office (PMO) is often referred to as the “Big PMO” because of its sheer volume of work and potential impact on the pipeline assets and its stakeholders. Take MAOP validation, as an example. Performing direct assessments to verify a pipeline’s MAOP is not new, but as federal regulations become more stringent, the volume of digs will increase significantly, and operators need to keep up with the pace. Over the past six years, I’ve worked on over 1000 digs – small excavations, for the sole purpose of performing direct assessments and material validation. Due to the small scope of an individual dig project, it is

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