February 2019, Vol. 246, No. 2

Features

Pipeline Management Office Proves Beneficial to Pipeline Digs

By Richie Ngo, Supervisor of Project and Program Management, Gas Transmission Systems (GTS)  The Digs Project Management Office (PMO) is often referred to as the “Big PMO” because of its sheer volume of work and its potential effect to the pipeline assets and its stakeholders.    Take maximum allowable working pressure (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 1,000 digs – small excavations, for the sole purpose of performing direct assessm

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