February 2021, Vol. 248, No. 2


Data Analytics, Predictive Maintenance of Field Automation

By Whitney Vandiver, Compliance Specialist, NuGen Automation The modern world of pipeline operations was precipitated by the arrival of SCADA systems and field automation in the 1960s. The last six decades have experienced an explosion of technological development, with the most recent focus being on data analytics, and the pipeline industry has more than dipped its toe in the benefits of data analysis.   However, many operators have yet to understand how data analytics of SCADA data can not only help them understand their operations but influence their maintenance processes and reduce their overhead through predictive maintenance.  Pipeline operators frequently

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