This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features our host, Russel Treat, reviewing a comprehensive list of all the episodes from the Pipeline Podcast Network that cover the topic of Integrity Management, and how you can use the content as a resource to learn more about the topic.
Integrity Management Knowledge Guide Show Notes, Links, and Insider Terms
- Russel Treat is the host of the Pipeliners Podcast. Connect with Russel on LinkedIn.
- Episode 201 with Matt Brown discusses the pipeline integrity management process.
- Mark LaMontagne goes over a variety of ILI-centric topics
- Episode 29 covers magnetic flux leakage tools.
- Episode 34 on ultrasonic tools.
- Episode 35 goes over geometry and mapping tools.
- Episode 40 looks at new technology and inline inspection.
- Episode 196 and episode 273 discuss the various kinds of integrity management threats, and the various kinds of tools as well as how to use the tools to find those threats.
- Pipeline Technology Podcast Episode 2 talks about the evolution of ILI tools and metal loss detection, and how they evolved from the beginning to the end.
- Episode 121 with Bob Franco explains the science of corrosion.
- Episode 155 Bob Franco goes over different coatings, how coatings work in conjunction with cathodic protection, and how they help for mitigation and management of corrosion.
- Episode 148 introduces the effects of high voltage alternating current, and how that impacts metal loss and corrosion effects.
Ground Movement & Geotechnical
- Episode 81 on ground movement
- Episode 136 is an overview of geo-hazards and what they are.
- Episode 188 focuses more on how to manage those different geo-hazards.
Cracks & Dents
- Episode 225 talks about API 1183 and dent management.
- Episode 124 Stackhouse goes over crack management.
- Episode 247 discusses managing external force threats.
- Pipeline Technology Podcast Episode 3 goes over considerations for composite repair.
- PTP Episode Eight talks about choosing and using composite repair systems.
- Episode 297 covers pipe and pipe rehabilitation.
- Episode 190 is about material properties verification,
- Episode 194 focuses more on ECA or Engineering Critical Assessment.
- Episode 241 talks about the MEGA rule, and MAOP reconfirmation as it’s defined in that recent set of regulations from PHMSA.
- Episode 198 we talked about geographical information systems or GIS and data science and how those are used in pipeline integrity.
- Episode 39 talked about ILI data integration analysis.
- Episode 89 introduces PODS.
- Episode 99 is a technical overview of PODS and the data model.
- Episode 102 talks about how integrity management is supported with PODS and how that data model is useful for integrity management.
- Episode 105 covers how the PODS model helps do risk management for integrity management programs.
- Episode 143 discusses using the dig program data as a feedback mechanism.
Pipeline & Gas Journal Articles
- Pipeline Technology Podcast Episode 4 looks at using a phased array for weld inspection for pipeline joints.
- Pipeline Technology Podcast Episode 6 looks at what to do when pipeline strain assessment exceeds capacity.
- Pipeline Technology Podcast Episode 15 goes over the non-intrusive inspection of unpickable lines.
- Pipeline Technology Podcast Episode 23 discusses a project report on a 27-day long ILI run on a low-pressure, low-flow pipeline.
- Episode 270 with Bob Franco looks at the integrity management implications of blending hydrogen into natural gas pipeline systems, particularly into utility networks.
- Episode 287 with Otto Jan Huising talks about what’s being done in Europe and what’s the state of the research and implementation of hydrogen blending and pure hydrogen systems in Europe.
- Episode 302 goes through the recent INGAA study on blending hydrogen into natural gas systems.
Integrity Management Knowledge Guide Full Episode Transcript
Russel Treat: Welcome to the “Pipeliners Podcast”, episode 314, sponsored by EnerSys Corporation, providers of POEMS, the Pipeline Operations Excellence Management System, compliance and operations software for the Pipeline Control Center to address control room management SCADA, and audit readiness. Find out more about POEMS at EnerSysCorp.com.
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This week it’s just going to be me, and I’m going to walk you through a knowledge guide for integrity management. I’ve been doing a little bit of research. I’ve already done a couple of these episodes. I did one on leak detection and one other topic.
I thought it’d be handy to put together an episode that kind of organized and pulled together all the episodes that we’ve done on integrity management topics. Between the Pipeliners Podcast and the Pipeline Technology Podcast, which is our kind of affiliate podcast, it’s a collaboration with Pipeline and Gas Journal, we’ve done a total of 353 episodes as I record this one.
Of those, 42, or about 12 percent, have been about pipeline integrity. I’ve probably said in every one of those episodes, I am not a pipeline integrity guy. I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve talked to some of the brightest in the field of integrity management and through a great deal of topics.
I thought I’d put this episode together as a resource and as a way for people to organize how they might listen through all of these episodes. The first episode I want to talk about is episode 201 with Matt Brown, where we talked about the pipeline integrity management process.
I think this is a good place to start. Because it really is a high level overview of the entirety of the pipeline integrity process. For those that know pipeline integrity, they know it’s pretty complex and there’s a lot of pieces and parts and a lot of very specific and highly technical disciplines within integrity management.
I think from there, the next thing to do would be to listen to the series of articles I did very early on in the beginning of this podcast in early 2018, where I had Mark LaMontagne on, and we talked about a number of ILI centric topics.
At that time, I knew what integrity management was. I knew what inline inspection was or ILI, but I really didn’t know about the tools, how they worked, and what they did. Over the course of several episodes, we walked through that in a great deal of technical detail starting with episode 29, which is on magnetic flux leakage tools, how they work.
Then episode 34 on ultrasonic tools and how they work. Then episode 35, we talked about geometry and mapping tools. Then we finished up with Mark on episode 40, looking at new technology and inline inspection.
In addition, there’s a couple of other episodes that I think are quite useful that are talking about the various kinds of integrity management threats, and the various kinds of tools and how you use the tools to find those threats.
We covered that in episode 196, episode 273, and then on the Pipeline Technology Podcast, episode two, we talked about the evolution of ILI tools and metal loss detection, how they evolved from the beginning to the end.
Those episodes provide a very good kind of detailed overview of the tools, and then some general information about the various tools and how they are applied to find various types of threats. From there, I think the next block of episodes that’s helpful are set on corrosion.
Episode 121 I did with Bob Franco. Bob Franco is the guru of corrosion, at least in my world. We did an episode on the science of corrosion, and he talked about the electrochemistry of corrosion, how it operates, and how it is the cathodic protection helps to inhibit corrosion. I thought that was really fascinating.
Then later in episode 155, Bob came back and gave us an introduction to coatings, and how coatings work in conjunction with cathodic protection, and how they help for mitigation and management of corrosion.
Then in episode 148, we did a topic with one of the engineers from Burns & McDonnell to talk about the effects of high voltage alternating current, and how that impacts metal loss and corrosion effects. That’s a good set to talk about corrosion.
Then another block of episodes we have are on ground movement and geotechnical issues for integrity management. Episode 81 was on ground movement. 136 and 188. 136, a overview of geo hazard and what they are. Then 188, focus more on how do you manage those different geo hazard.
Then we have a block of episodes on cracks and dents. In episode 225 we talk about API 1183 and dent management. In episode 124, Stackhouse. Those of you that work in integrity management will know Stack. He came on to talk about crack management.
Then in episode 247, we talked about managing external force threats. Another good block is on repair. In particular, we’ve got several or a couple episodes on composite repair. Both of those are with the pipeline technology podcast.
Episode three, we talked about considerations for composite repair. In episode eight, we talked about choosing and using composite repair systems. Then in the back to the Pipeliners Podcast in episode 297, we covered pipe and pipe rehabilitation.
Pretty fascinating, at least I thought about the idea of using plastic pipe as a way to rehabilitate and lengthen the use of metal pipe. Then another block of episodes would be around material property verification, and engineering critical assessment for MAOP reconfirmation.
There are three episodes there. Episode 190, which is on material properties verification, episode 194 which focuses more on ECA, or Engineering Critical Assessment. Then episode 241 talks about the MEGA rule, and MAOP reconfirmation as it’s defined in that recent set of regulations from PHMSA. Again, a bunch of good material there.
We’ve also done quite a few articles around data management. In episode 198, we talked about geographical information systems or GIS and data science and how those are used in pipeline integrity. In episode 39, back with Mark LaMontagne, we talked about ILI data integration analysis.
Once you get an ILI run, what happens with that data. There’s a big correlation between running the tools using GIS systems, getting the data off those tools, and getting that data into GIS systems. That’s a great segue to talk about PODS. PODS is the Pipeline Open Data Standard.
We’ve done several episodes around PODS. Episode 89 was an intro, what it is, and such. Episode 99, we did a technical overview of PODS and the data model. Then in episode 102, we talked about how integrity management is supported with PODS, how that data model is useful for integrity management.
Then likewise, in episode 105, we talked about how that model is helpful in doing risk management for integrity management programs. Again, a lot of good information there. Then likewise around the idea of the data in episode 143, we talked about dig program data as a feedback mechanism.
For those not familiar with integrity management, at a high level, the way the process works is you do inspection of the pipe, you do data analysis, you identify features requiring excavation, and then you dig those features, do further analysis, and repair the things that you need to repair.
Many operators, when they do a dig, collect a lot of additional information to support their material properties verification. To verify that what their records show they have in the ground, in terms of steel type, thickness, and so forth, correlates to what they actually find when they do a dig. A way to round trip data. Again, it’s another good episode.
There’s also a set of very interesting Pipeline and Gas Journal articles. The Pipeline Technology Podcast, primarily what we do there is we find articles that have been written for the magazine, and then we talk to the author and decode it.
For somebody like myself, who can get lost when the integrity management stuff gets really deep into the details and the jargon, it can be very helpful to talk to the author and kind of ask some fundamental questions. We did that in episode four. We took a look at using phased array for weld inspection for pipeline joints.
Episode six, we looked at what do you do when pipeline strain assessment exceeds capacity. In episode 15, we looked at non intrusive inspection of unpickable lines. Then in episode 23, we got a project report on a 27 day long ILI run on a low pressure, low flow pipeline.
All of those are very interesting, and they talk about special use cases and new technology as it’s being applied in integrity management. Then lastly and really very topically, we have three episodes on hydrogen.
The first episode, 270, again, with Bob Franco, we took a look at the integrity management implications of blending hydrogen into natural gas pipeline systems, particularly into utility networks. Then after I released that episode we had a response from a listener.
As a result, Otto Jan Huising joined us to talk about what’s being done in Europe and what’s the state of the research and implementation of hydrogen blending and pure hydrogen systems in Europe, which is frankly a fair ways ahead of where we are here in the US.
Then lastly, in episode 302 we went through the recent INGAA study on blending hydrogen into natural gas systems. Again, a lot of very useful information. 42 episodes, a very broad range of topics around integrity management. I guess one of the things I would ask listeners is, what have I missed?
I’m sure I’ve missed some things. Some of those episodes, particularly the early ones we did with Mark LaMontagne, are now over five years old. While the base technology I’m sure is the same, there’s certainly innovation and new technology that’s being introduced on tools.
It’s a full time job just to keep track of all the things that are going on in that world. I hope this is helpful. One of the reasons I’ve been spending the time to do this and collate these episodes is the whole mission of this podcast is to provide education.
Hopefully these episodes are not only useful for folks that maybe don’t work in integrity management, but want to have an understanding of what it is and how it works, but also for entry level engineers, and maybe for people that are even considering pipelining as a career.
I think these episodes can be really interesting and really engaging for engineers looking to apply their skills and capabilities. With that, I’ll wrap it up. I hope you enjoyed this episode and conversation, where we have attempted to put together a knowledge guide for integrity management and a resource for using the Pipeliners Podcast for that purpose.
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