Effective integrity management incorporates tool performance

Richard McNealy, Blade Energy Partners, HoustonApplication of more rigorous engineering assessment methods, such as probability of exceedance, to in-line inspection data provides a more reliable procedure for pipeline integrity management than current alternatives. Establishing tool performance parameters is critical to ensuring effective pipeline integrity.The total number of field measurements and the number of out-of-tolerance field measurements will establish the confidence level placed in the tool sizing uncertainty, in turn allowing design of a mitigation plan to a cumulative POE consistent with target reliability levels.In addition to providing increased safety, such an approach wi...

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