Tiratsoo Technical Principal John Tiratsoo chaired the Conference sessions, which included topics such as the importance of pig trap assessment, integrity management plans, multi-diameter bi-directional pigging, magnetic-flux leakage (MFL) inspection capabilities, pipeline regulatory updates, performance-management assessments and remediation, and unpiggable pipelines.
Of particular interest was ViaData LP’s David Bull presenting on recent amendments to US pipeline regulations and their affect on pipeline operations. David Russell and Gordon Short from Pipeline Engineering provided a paper on pipeline cleanliness and how new inspection technologies have improved in accuracy for measuring the depth of debris present on a pipe wall. In addition, Bruce Nestleroth from Battelle spoke of a project for which a new sensor was developed to assess external coating. The sensor is also able to work with currently available in-line inspection tools.
The Conference programme also included a panel discussion on the cleanliness of pipelines from an owner/operator perspective. Six panellists from different parts of the pipeline industry outlined what ‘clean’ means to them, which provided a useful insight for contractors to assess what products would best suit their clients’ needs.