Chapter 4
Pipeline Integrity


Pipeline integrity is a key element to the safe daily operation of a hazardous liquids or natural gas pipeline system. The amount of data and resulting information required by a pipeline operator to effectively manage the integrity aspects of their pipelines can be overwhelming. Pipeline integrity data encompasses basic pipeline properties, data related to integrity threats, data utilized in consequence modeling, the enormous amount of data obtained by inspections and surveys, and all attributes involved in a risk assessment. Successfully integrating all this pertinent information is key in managing pipeline integrity.

The pipeline industry is realizing that geomatics and geographic information systems (GIS) play an important role in adding value to integrity management. The gathering, storing, processing, and visualization of geographic information, or spatially referenced information, is conducted throughout every step of a pipeline integrity management plan. The analysis of accurate spatial data is crucial in all decisions made to maintain the safety of a pipeline system.

  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Pipeline Integrity Management
  • 4.3 Data Collection and Integration
  • 4.4 Identification of Integrity Threats
  • 4.5 Definition of High Consequence Areas
  • 4.6 Risk Assessment
  • 4.7 Integrity Program Planning and Execution
  • 4.8 Future Trends
  • References

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