Pipeline Operators Invest in Continued Education to Ensure Pipeline Safety

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Whether continuing education or new technology, investing in a safer future is standard practice within the oil and gas industry.
For the pipeline operations and maintenance engineers and the field technicians who attended this year’s Practical Inline Inspection Workshop in Tulsa, OK, their return on investment included real-world demonstrations and hands-on learning activities with some of the industry’s leading experts and most progressive integrity technologies.
  Co-sponsored by the Southern Gas Association (SGA), engineering and technical services provider Kiefner & Associates, and global pipeline services provider T.D. Williamson, the workshop provided operators from the U.S. and Canada with introductions, education, and demonstrations of both inline inspection (ILI) and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technologies.
  The three-day event, held May 5-7 at the TDW Technology Center in Tulsa, OK, featured lectures, hands-on equipment demonstrations, and group exercises led by experts from Kiefner & Associates, N-Spec Pipeline Services, Quest Integrity Group, Rosen USA and TDW.
  The sessions were designed to familiarize participants with ILI technology and to help them identify the best tools and practices for their company’s unique operational goals.
  The workshop covered topics such as:

  • Introduction to intelligent pigging
  • Pigging success factors
  • Chemical cleaning
  • Practical considerations for inspecting for cracks and crack-like anomalies
  • Determining tool specifications
  • Validation with field results
  • Data analysis
  • Principles of ILI tool operations

  Expert-led sessions were just one part of the workshop experience. During a tour of the TDW Test Loop Facility, workshop participants got to see tools in action when Lee Shouse of TDW demonstrated tool launching and receiving.
  By day 3 of the workshop, participants were putting their new knowledge to the test. Greg Donikowski from TDW, for example, presented a hands-on demonstration of in-the-ditch pipeline defect measurements. Then he challenged participants to measure pipeline pits using pit gauges and bridging bars so they could compare labor times and accuracy.
  And during the MFL Signal Scavenger Hunt, participants attempted to locate defects based on the data they collected during an ILI test run.