Pipeline Failure Prevention
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pipeline Failure Prevention

While our technology and methods for detecting failure in pipelines have never been better, preventing pipeline failure before it occurs is always preferable, both in terms of environmental stewardship and human safety, as well as being an effective cost management strategy.

Even when we start with the general idea pipelines are well designed and constructed to high standards, they will still deteriorate over time and they are subject to varying environmental conditions and outside events their builders could not always anticipate.

This is why it is paramount to have an effective management, inspection and maintenance program in place for pipeline infrastructure, especially in our current world where installations may be many decades old and pipelines are still required to perform long after they were expected to be upgraded or replaced.

Prevention is founded on a depth of knowledge based on tangible facts and the data to back them up. This starts with the original project engineering and design which accounts for more than minimum compliance. As the pipeline assets age, the experience and knowledge of each part of the pipeline’s management must be passed on to new members of the team to avoid a loss of intellectual assets.

And there must be a regular influx of new data via routine inspections. This will add to the performance record and mitigate the effect of assumptions by relying only on hard facts. With inspection, dealing with a potential issue before a leak or rupture occurs will be less effort, a lower cost, and it will minimize any damage to the pipeline and your organization’s reputation which may otherwise occur.

With a culture and commitment to the full operational life of your pipelines, you enjoy lower operating costs, fewer emergencies and the confidence of being successful in today’s tighter regulatory environment.