The need for reliable, rapid pipeline inspection systems and services is growing as the pipeline network, both domestic and international, ages and expands. Inspection and defect reporting have become time-sensitive as incident prevention becomes a top priority.
Optical fiber is increasingly being deployed in many upstream and midstream applications. It is now regularly used to provide high bandwidth telecommunications and infrastructure for SCADA, and is being used more to sense pressure, temperature and strain, along buried onshore pipelines, on subsea pipelines and down hole. In this article results are presented from the latest sensing capability using standard optical fiber to detect acoustic signals along the entire length of a fiber.
Recent developments in solid-state radiographic pipeline inspection equipment, primarily durable, mobile computers and solid-state image capturing devices, are raising the technique’s profile as a useful, capable way to find and assess corrosion.
Batelle, TerraGo Technologies, CTDUT-Pipeline Technology Center, CartoPac and more
PetroChina began its pipeline integrity management (PIM) project in 2005. As the project progressed, officials realized the structure of the pipeline data model formed the basis for many kinds of analysis and assessments increasingly important to an operator when implementing PIM.
April Newsreel: News on Alaskan Pipeline, Independent Gas Alliance, Probe in Fatal Explosion, and More
The distribution of natural gas in an urban utility has inherent risks. Distribution networks are located underground, out of sight and typically under pavement in close proximity to buildings, residences and subsurface structures.
GE Oil & Gas’ PII Pipeline Solutions group has helped National Grid USA complete a challenging inspection of a decades-old natural gas pipeline below New York City.
Tony Keane, executive director of NACE International, recently assembled a panel of NACE member pipeline corrosion control experts to answer a series of questions on the challenges involved with assessing and protecting pipelines at cased road and railway crossings.
This article shares experiences we have gained working with several customers to geo-code leak and pipe inspection reports and associate them with the pipe segment in the GIS that best matches the address location and other attributes of the report.