June 2018, Vol. 245, No. 6

Features

Examining Data Quality of Robotic Pipeline Inspection Methods

By Paul Monsour, Senior Pipeline Integrity Engineer, Sempra Energy; Francis Gracias, Manager of Data Analysis, Pipetel Technologies; Rod Lee, General Manager, Pipetel Technologies The robotic pipeline inspection method has been more widely used for integrity assessment of natural gas and liquid product pipelines over the past seven years. While the operational advantages offered by this method may be better known and documented, there is a relatively scarce amount of literature on the quality of data and results acquired by a pipeline inspection robot and the specific threats that can be addressed. Figure 1: Explorer crawls through the yell

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