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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vice plug-in, that most GIS teams easily accommodate. Summary PLW is a subscription data ser- vice that can monitor activity on and around pipelines and related facilities. It's designed to augment existing company processes and en- terprise systems, offering efficiency to limited manpower resource. This provides leverage to existing IT and data infrastructure. The value of knowing planned land activities along a pipeline cor- ridor comes in different forms, safe- ty, operational planning, integrity management, and public awareness; Safety – the PLW alerts allows pipelines to contact stakeholders who are planning land activities and participating early in the proj- ect design. Pipelines can provide precautions, and preferred designs. Operational Planning – lead time of projects can allow operators to forecast anticipated realignment work due to road expansions, new pipe casings due to change in road- way loading, change in operation pressures due to new land develop- ment, addition of new valves due to change in topography, Integrity Management – install a new layer of integrity management to protect against third-party dam- age. Placement PLW monitoring in the IM plan with operational pro- cesses to proactively manage identi- fied future risks along the pipeline. Public Awareness – become part of the planning process when warranted by a PLW alert, send notices to develop- ers, contractors or planners to improve their knowledge of pipeline locations, precautions and how the pipeline can work with them to improve safety and construction efficiency. PLW can take the pipeline indus- try to next level of protective sur- veillance — knowledge of future third-party risks, showing opera- tors proposed land activities along their pipelines allowing them to proactively manage the potential exposure. Place GIS locations of proposed encroachments into the hands of operations and field sur- veillance teams to plan responses and focus tracking to proactively manage future land disturbances. Reduce reliance on paper-based processes to minimize errors, save money, gain speed and accuracy to monitor and track land distur- bances — know where to expect 811 tickets. Marc Ferries is president and Todd Porter is director at Pipeline LandWatch, and Bob Wenzlau is CEO of Terradex Inc. napipelines.com JULY/AUGUST 2 018 | North American Oil & Gas Pipelines 35

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