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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32 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | JULY/AUGUST 2 018 Innovation & Value PLW monitors land activities along pipeline corridors — applying infor- mation technology to help protect the safety of a pipeline. The pro- gram efficiently searches and sifts the "electronic trail" of hundreds of land transactions and land activities to monitor and help prevent third- party risks by providing operators lead time to develop contingency plans and/or communicate pipeline precautions to proper stakeholders. This data subscription service is a "plug-in" to enterprise geographic information systems (GIS), damage prevention, and ROW management systems. It creates, or is configured into existing workflows, to provide a dashboard and alert process that monitors and notifies the operator of potential risks along the ROW. PLW delivers information alerts to an op- erator for design and construction plans near or crossing their pipelines, providing longer time to initiate pre- ventive and proactive engagements in alignment with their construction and integrity objectives. Operators currently rely on ROW surveillance and 811 tickets to man- age third-party risks — PLW provides the next level of predictive infor- mation allowing operators to know what land activities will be occur- ring in the future. The lead time of planned activities will afford opera- tors the ability to proactively man- age the risks by communicating with developers and/or contractors to promote safety and a higher level of operational efficiency. Using PLW for project planning and management can further safeguard the operator from first- and second-party damage as well, keeping all involved contrac- tors and company teams closely co- ordinated and well informed. The leading indicators provided by PLW facilitates early communi- cation among stakeholders to bet- ter ensure consideration of the po- tential safety impacts of a proposed land use or property development on the existing pipeline infrastruc- ture. Since most community stake- holders are not pipeline experts, it is important for operators to provide coordination support to help civic organizations to understand how de- velopments or land uses will impact an existing transmission pipeline's integrity and the safety of the local community. PLW can be the com- munication bridge between pipelines and city planners who are reviewing developments that include land dis- turbances, road expansions, utility relocations, and other urban expan- sion activities. Figure 2 shows differ- ent land activities planned along a pipeline's buffer zone: 1) Apartment complex – higher population densi- ty, utilities, and drainage changes, 2) Planned logging – heavy equipment traffic, digging to remove trees, lead- ing indicator of future development, 3) Outdoor Theater Park – change to drainage patterns, periodic gathering of 20 or more individuals. Service Activation This web-based subscription flags future land activities along a pipe- line, and augments existing public awareness and damage prevention programs. The monitoring system is easy to install, since the monitoring Figure 3 – PLW system dashboard – different layers can apply to pipeline's buffer zone. Figure illustrates property parcels along pipeline corridor. Figure 2 – PLW can provide different monitoring layers alerting pipelines to the potential threats.

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