Dataflow: The Role of Data in Keeping Pipeline Infrastructure Safe and Sustainable

Dataflow: The Role of Data in Keeping Pipeline Infrastructure Safe and Sustainable

Jason Rossback | The American Surveyor

Moving product–oil, gas, petroleum–over land via a pipeline is the most economical method of transportation today–but the environmental impact when accidents occur can be catastrophic. This risk has driven an increase in regulations, resulting in more tasks required during pipeline construction. In addition, operators are increasingly mandated to provide more pipeline data, e.g., what is in the ground; precisely where it is located; where it was made; who manufactured it; who welded it; etc. Added to this information are questions about who should record that data; how it should be collected; when it should be collected; and how to easily access the data when it is needed–and data collection can be a cumbersome job. Today, however, there are solutions that exist that can improve the efficiency of collecting this data to ensure the data is accurate and is collected in a timely manner, and won’t impede construction progress. Some solutions are manual, while others incorporate data in electronic form through guided workflows that ensure data integrity and regulatory compliance…(Read the full story)

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