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Measuring the Effectiveness of Damage Prevention Techniques and Defining the Key Performance Indicators on Damage Prevention Efficiency

[+] Author Affiliations
Mark Piazza

Pipeline Research Council International, Inc., Falls Church, VA

Gina Greenslate

Panhandle Energy, Houston, TX

Nicolas Herchin, Laurent Bourgouin, Mures Zarea

GDF SUEZ, St. Denis La Plaine, France

Miriam Kuhn

Marathon Pipe Line LLC, Findlay, OH

Heather Sinclair

TransCanada Pipelines, Calgary, AB, Canada

Gary White

PI Confluence, Houston, TX

John Kiefner

Kiefner and Associates, Worthington, OH

Paper No. IPC2012-90604, pp. 541-549; 9 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


Pipeline operators expend substantial efforts to develop, implement, and audit their Public Awareness and Pipeline Damage Prevention Programs. While the rate of pipeline damage incidents from third-party and outside force impacts has progressively declined over a period of several decades, these events remain a high priority for the pipeline industry and external stakeholders.

There are multiple management and communications tools that are used to support Damage Prevention programs for energy transmission pipeline operations. These tools are applied to large pipeline systems that cross a range of geographic, population, and regulatory boundaries. These factors make it challenging to determine the effectiveness of the individual tools applied for damage prevention for energy transmission pipeline systems.

This paper present the results of research performed through Pipeline Research Council International, Inc. (PRCI) to measure and quantify the effectiveness of the various damage prevention tools and techniques as they apply to energy transmission pipeline systems. The project focuses on data collection through a web-based platform to provide the basis to establish a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for assessing the effectiveness of the methods and techniques that are used as standard practices by most pipeline operators in their damage prevention programs. The research includes development of a consistent and systematic process and database for collecting information on damage and “near hit” incidents that are recorded by pipeline operators. Fault-tree analysis of these data is expected to show where improvements can be made (e.g., one-call center, ticket handling, operator response, contractor cooperation and diligence, locating and marking, monitoring). Improvements will be measured by PRCI by capturing and analyzing the data over a multi-year period.

The key output of the project will be metrics that demonstrate which damage prevention activities are more effective in reducing impacts and “near hits” to pipelines and which activities positively contribute to the safe operations of the pipeline system.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Damage



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