Month: December 2016

PHMSA Continues to Strengthen Pipeline Damage Prevention Rules

In April 2015, a local California public works department attempts to widen a freeway access road with heavy digging equipment. In the process, workers damage a high pressure transmission pipeline, causing the release and ignition of natural gas, killing one individual and injuring 11 others. In February 2013, a third-party contractor installing a cable television …

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Dogs: Man’s Best Friend with Superhero Power of Smell

Dogs’ superior olfactory capabilities register in the parts per billion vs. parts per million of modern day technology. This amazing capability is bringing them back to the oil and gas industry where, in years past, their success rate in leak detection has been as high as 99%. Combining the technology of mapping with the dogs’ …

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New PHMSA Study

Through the 2016 PIPES Act, PHMSA is mandated to conduct a study to: 1. Identify methods using location and mapping practices or technologies to improve existing damage prevention programs and thereby reduce damages to buried infrastructure. 2. Analyze how increased use of global positioning system digital mapping technologies, predictive analytic tools, public awareness initiatives (including …

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Leading People – Assembling a Leadership Pipeline

Not unlike the assembly of water, sewer, or electrical cable pipeline, creating a clear path for growth for one’s team to follow has tremendous value. The process is not easy, but has more similarities to the construction of a physical pipeline than one might think. Once assembled, the development of needed skills becomes more fluid, …

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Ask the DP Pro

Question:  I’ve always used the word “abandoned” to describe an unused pipe in the ground, but lately I’ve been hearing the term “out-of-service.” Is there a difference between them? And, if not, which one is the right one to use? Answer:  The term “abandoned” has long been used by laymen, utility owners, and professionals alike …

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