T.D. Williamson awarded ASME Global Pipeline Award
T.D. Williamson (TDW) has been awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Global Pipeline Award for its pipeline threat-detecting Multiple Dataset (MDS) Platform at Rio Pipeline 2017.
The award was presented on 25 October, honouring TDW for its innovation and the value of its contributions to the pipeline industry.
The MDS Platform integrates multiple inline inspection (ILI) technologies and synchronises the data to provide detailed information about threats to pipeline integrity; this integrated system is able to detect, characterise, size and prioritise these features that often go undetected by other ILI tools.
TDW’s James Simek and the engineering team innovated and led development of the MDS Platform, observing the strengths and weaknesses of the individual tool design for several generations of magnetic flux leakage (MFL) tools.
“Several incidents and subsequent regulatory initiatives focused on mechanical damage highlighted the need for an improved ILI process,” Mr Simek said.
“Existing ILI tools were generally capable of reporting some aspects of damage; however, limitations of tool designs and data sets limited prioritisation.”
The MDS Platform was introduced in 2010 with the aim of giving operators a tool overcome the threat detection gaps of single MFL-based tools.
The prioritisation process leverages all of the datasets on the MDS Platform and builds upon prior Batelle and Pipeline Research Council International research.
TDW Product Line Director Integrated Pigging and Pipeline Integrity Solutions Chuck Harris said receiving this kind of industry recognition is extremely gratifying; he added the results the MDS Platform is generating for customers are equally rewarding.
“By using the MDS Platform to improve characterisation and prioritisation of mechanical damage, versus exploratory techniques, one customer eliminated a vast number of unnecessary excavations,” Mr Harris said.
“The result is substantial cost savings and eliminating uncertainty over whether the most critical mechanical damage had been mitigated.”
For more information visit the TDW website.
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