An often overlooked aspect of technology development in the pipeline inspection world, though one that usually turns out to be the most critical to success, is the people involved.
This Thursday, Nov. 15, GE Industrial Solutions is presenting a webinar examining a new technology for inspecting unpiggable pipelines (more info and registration available here). To give us a taste of what’s to come, P&GJ asked Robert Pechacek to answer a few quick questions.
Globally, mankind has more than 1,500,000 km of oil and gas pipelines – with more than 600,000 km in North America alone. These numbers are even higher when one adds pipelines transporting other hazardous gases and liquids. Though efficient and critical, these pipelines carry high costs for individual safety incidents. Around the world, pipeline safety and security are immediate concerns, both for industry and government.
GE said it is investing more than $10 million to expand its Inspection Technologies headquarters site in Lewistown, PA. Key features of the expansion project include a new global customer applications center as well as a nondestructive testing (NDT) academy for GE employees and customers.
This article looks at third-generation enhancements to electro-magnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) inline inspection technology for dry gas pipelines. The enhancements have been derived from five years of operational experience by GE Oil & Gas-PII.