North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

JUL-AUG 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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T he goal of transmission companies is to reduce risks and im- prove the safety of affected communities through an integ- rity program to ensure construction quality of the pipeline, monitor the longevity of pipeline materials, educate the public, and apply damage prevention systems to avert third-party damage to pipe- lines (this article focuses on third-party damage prevention). The urban encroachment along pipeline corridors have created a higher probability of third-party damage to pipelines, especially with recent shale developments in and around communities. Currently, pipeline safety processes consist of several preventive measures such as: 1) pipeline markers, 2) periodic surveillance of pipeline rights of way to identify land disturbances and 3) one-call system, to locate utilities prior to exca- vation. However, these precautionary programs rely primarily on the promotion of pipeline precautions and local building governance to protect their assets. Pipeline LandWatch (PLW) is a new monitoring system that uses data sources to identify impending exposure to a pipeline. It is a proven platform that has been used for 15 years to monitor and protect engineered controls of environmentally impacted properties. The monitoring services would notify property owners of planned activities such a utility dig that would expose landfilled materials. PLW is an adaptation of this technology to monitor future land activities that pose a risk to pipelines. Once active, this system continuously monitors, alerts, and notifies operators of potential future threats to their pipeline, giving them a longer time horizon to proactively eliminate these threats. 30 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | JULY/AUGUST 2 018 Pipeline LandWatch An Activity Monitoring Service for Damage Prevention & Risk Reduction By Marc Ferries, Todd Por ter and Bob Wenzlau Figure 1 – Pipeline Landwatch provides different layers of monitoring coverage for pipeline operators, alerting them to planned utility, and road permits, new identified buildings, water wells, property transaction and stream gages. Case Study:

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