Technology/R&D

Growing Role of Digitalization in Pipeline Integrity Management

Digitalization is playing a bigger role in pipeline integrity management – in particular, relating to the threat of internal corrosion.

Expanding Pipe Lining Capabilities

Danish pipe lining system Bluelight uses LED curing of the liners for installation. Manufactured by one of the largest lining contractors in Europe, Per Aarsleff Denmark, the system has been in development for about eight years.

Pipeline Software Keeps Alberta Project Efficient Despite Mud, Cold

McElhanney Geomatics Engineering faced cold weather, thigh-deep mud and an unforgiving timeline during a 74-mile pipeline project in northwest Alberta, Canada. Pipeline surveying software played a critical role in its success.

Today’s Oil Patch Success: 'It’s Technology, Stupid!'

Upstream and midstream executives have been quick to tell investors how technology and innovation are adding efficiency and cost savings to their operations, even coming out of a three-year global price depression for oil.

Polyguard

Polyguard introduced a heavy-duty extension of its impact resistant outer wrap (IRO) product, known as Polyguard IRO HD. This new product is designed to provide additional protection for field joint and mainline coatings. Both the IRO and IRO HD are fiber-..

Belden

Belden released a new version of its Hirschmann brand Layer 3 backbone switches – the Dragon Mach4000 Series. These devices allow engineers to transfer larger quantities of data faster without compromising network availability or performance. The devices f..

Gearing Solutions

Gearing Solutions offers roller gear technology featuring Nu Lobe gears for more torque and power in less space.  The compact designs allow the use of aluminum housings that yield weight savings of up to 50% over traditional cast-iron housings. Standard GH..

Picote Brush Coating Systems Gains WRc-Approved Status

Picote Solutions’ brush coating system for the rehabilitation of deteriorated pipelines has been approved for WRc status. The WRc Group is an independent public limited company providing research and consultancy in water, waste and the environment in the United Kingdom.

John Deere

John Deere improved the G-Series large-frame skid steers and compact track loaders and added an EH boom performance package. This productivity-boosting feature is available as a factory-installed option on the 330G and 332G skid steers, and the 331G and 333G compact track loaders. ..

Antaira

Antaira Technologies expanded its industrial networking infrastructure family with the introduction of the STM-60XC series of Serial to Modbus Gateways, providing a range of applications including 1, 2 and 4 serial port options.

Huntingdon Fusion

Huntingdon Fusion’s Weld Purge Film Kits minimize gas use by reducing purge time and eliminating the need to clean a weld. They can be used on pipe diameters up to 36 inches and temperatures up to 572º F.

John Deere

John Deere's SS30 model Stump Shredder removes stumps from 8 inches to 28 inches in one pass, and larger stumps are easily removed with multiple bores.

Clock Spring

Clock Spring Leak Stopper has been introduced as a solution for temporary leak containment on oil and gas pipelines, in refineries and petrochemical plants, and on municipal water and gas distribution lines.

Trimble

Trimble launched the Trimble® Nomad® 5 handheld computer, a flexible, all-in-one package that features a streamlined form factor, a 5-inch sunlight-readable touch screen and an Android 8.1 operating system.

Leslie Controls

Leslie Controls’ K-Max Eccentric Plug Rotary Control Valve incorporates a cam-action, low-friction design for tight shutoff in a variety of flow control applications from high-pressure steam systems to abrasive slurries.

EAG

The EAG VOC Plus analyzer measures total VOCs from stationary sources with real-time continuous logging and multiple measurement ranges.

Gas Seal Technology Designed to Reduce Methane Emissions

John Crane, a provider of rotating equipment solutions, recently launched its latest gas seal technology that can reduce methane emissions by up to 95% when retrofitted into centrifugal compressors

Assuring Integrity of Polyethylene Gas Pipeline Systems

To maximize benefits, gas transporters continue to push polyethylene pipe design with more demanding applications, larger diameters and higher operating pressures. The risk of rapid crack progression and variables affecting performance must be considered when increasing the diameter and wall thickness of PE pipe.

Lawmakers Urge U.S. Agency to Bolster Pipeline Cybersecurity

Two Democratic lawmakers urged the Department of Homeland Security to better protect U.S. oil and gas pipelines from cyberattacks, after a report they requested detailed a lack of federal oversight of the critical conduits.

Brookby Named VP Data Sales for Energy Web Atlas

Energy Web Atlas names Harry Brookby as Vice President of Data Sales

Leveraging Software for Improved Profitability on Rights-of-Way

The biggest benefit to pipeline operators of moving information and processes to digital form is the ability to gain actionable intelligence from their data, straight from the right-of-way. But it takes the right software to can deliver it.

Keeping Up with the Times: Mechanical Grooved Couplings Still Deliver

It is not often that looking backward provides insight into the future, but examining the evolution of the world’s first mechanical coupling can give us an indication of what lies ahead.

ControlAir

ControlAir introduced the Type 6100 High Flow Capacity Volume Booster, designed to significantly increase the stroking speed in valve actuation system applications that require high forward flow and exhaust capacities.

Alliance

Alliance Sensors Group introduced the SS-7 series linear variable inductive transducer (LVIT) designed for subsea environments.

Senstar

Senstar introduced the FiberPatrol FP7000 fiber-optic pipeline integrity monitoring system for both gas and liquid-carrying pipelines. It can also be used for fence-mounted intrusion detection.

Antaira Technologies

Antaira Technologies expanded its industrial networking infrastructure line with the introduction of the LNP-0800G-M12-67-24, an IP67-rated switch designed for applications subject to high vibration and shock.

HFT

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) introduced peripheral sealing plugs for heavy-duty applications, such as immersion in chemicals or exposure to high temperatures.

Transneft Diascan Comissions New Type of Inline Inspection Tool

Transneft Diascan has developed, manufactured and commissioned a new type of inline inspection tool that can find peeling areas in the pipeline coating.

The Future Arrives: Virtual Reality Safety Training

Companies such as Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Company have begun to explore virtual reality platforms to supplement traditional gas meter safety and inspection training.

GE's Avitas Gains First BLVOS Approval after Shell Oil Study

Avitas Systems, a GE venture, received the first civil approval to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle with radar beyond visual line of site (BVLOS) after a successful study with Shell Oil, marking an important step toward long-range pipeline monitoring with drones.