Colonial Pipeline tests interface-detector methods

Pilot testing in 2000 of an optical interface detector (OID) on a Colonial Pipeline Co. stubline in Georgia has indicated that the detector cannot by itself identify a product type flowing in a pipeline.When paired with a gravitometer, however, the twin installation improved efficiency and quality control. The prospects are that it will free personnel to focus less on basic manual tasks and more on those requiring analysis and judgment for operational and integrity-related projects and solutions.The ultimate benefit of the OID technology is not solely efficiency, Colonial's project suggests; it is also the opportunity to improve pipeline operations.Optical detectorColonial Pipeline la...

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