Quality Data Management Plays Vital Role In Natural Gas Safety, Resiliency

By Jeff Meyers

As natural gas providers deal with the combination of aging infrastructure and safety, one of the most important factors emerging is the vital role of reliable data and recordkeeping as a means of preserving system resiliency.

Recordkeeping is a key issue in measuring a pipeline infrastructure’s life cycles and managing associated risks, according to Jeff Meyers, Manager in Black & Veatch’s Oil & Gas management consulting practice.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requires that transmission and distribution operators update their Transmission Integrity Management Plan (TIMP) or Distribution Integrity Management Plan (DIMP). This has prompted organizations to establish internal historical data collection projects, Meyers noted. They’ve focused on geographic information system (GIS) enhancements and maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) verification initiatives. Operators have also investigated and implemented modern data collection systems.

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