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Implementing an Integrated Pipeline Integrity Management System (PIMS): Case Study

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Steven Dresie

PII Pipeline Solutions, Overland Park, KS

Paper No. IPC2012-90019, pp. 283-292; 10 pages
  • 2012 9th International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 2: Pipeline Integrity Management
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 24–28, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute, Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4513-4
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This case study will examine the implementation of an integrated suite of pipeline integrity management software tools and discuss related challenges during configuration and rollout phases. In this case, pipeline facility data was migrated from paper sources into a centralized database where it is regularly maintained and provides basis for related operations and integrity management components. Existing integrity management procedures and guidelines formed the core specifications for configuration of engineering assessment software tools. Using these documents the software suite now standardizes and automates the processing of ILI data, condition assessment, risk assessment and ECDA (NACE SP0502) management. The system produces a documented integrity plan customized to report specified key performance indicators and is integrated with the enterprise work order management system. The results of the engineering assessments and planning are maintained in the enterprise database and used to power web-based reporting available to a wide range of personnel inside the organization. Challenges include addressing gaps in data, bringing procedural documents and operating groups together, applying the system to existing operations, and ongoing support. This case study is intended for operators considering an integrated pipeline integrity management software solution or looking to improve the system currently in place inside their organization.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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