Pipeline Protection: Cybersecurity Tips to Defend Your Control Room

Aug 07

Cybersecurity is important in any business, but few industries represent a greater risk than oil and gas. Due to the value and volatility of what they contain, pipelines are a prime target for terrorists and others seeking to disrupt American...

Database Transparency & Availability: Creating One Version of the Truth

Jul 25

Although records management seems relatively straightforward, several issues can easily occur. As a result of mergers, acquisitions, and other changes, databases are often decentralized and lack proper visibility, causing multiple versions of the...

Maintaining Integrity: Risk based Strategies for Asset Integrity

Jul 21

A maintenance strategy based on risk is a suitable approach for all types of assets from refinery plants to pipelines. Risk is defined as the sum of the probability of failure (PoF) and the consequence (CoF) resulting from that failure. The...

Pipeline MAOP Gets a Data Management Upgrade

Jul 14

Your department has noticed recently how difficult it is to locate information and critical pipeline data to confirm MAOP for your assets. In addition, your company has recently acquired new assets that also will need to be addressed. Sound...

Under Pressure: Maintaining Pipeline Integrity and Safety

Jul 08

Operators are faced with a growing market demand for the gas they transport from the wellhead to the burner tip. Increasing throughput is essential to meeting these growing needs. However, achieving those higher pressures to accomplish the...

The Essentials of an Effective Work Management Solution

Jun 30

Our last post discussed one of the first stages in work management: determining the portfolio of work that must be executed, and drafting a roadmap that will take this portfolio from initiation through completion. By completing these steps, you...

Monitoring pipelines from the sky

Jun 26

Pipeline operators are required to meet federal and state safety regulations, with regulatory frequency depending on oil or gas lines. The presence of High Consequence Areas (HCAs) and the Potential Impact Radius (PIR) created from the product in...

Mitigating Pipeline Corrosion

May 19

An operator’s worst fear is a leak or rupture in their pipeline. Excavation damage (mechanical damage, dents, gouges, etc.) are one of the leading causes of pipeline incidents; however, external and internal corrosion can result in significant...

Mitigating pipeline risk and financial pitfalls with Cross Bore programs

May 15

Pipeline organizations are acutely aware of risks posed by natural gas cross bores caused by horizontal directional drilling (HDD), but although necessary, efforts to mitigate these risks can result in expansive and costly programs. Before we get...

Knowing the Work – Starting the Road Map for Better Work Management

May 03

Previously, I provided a high-level overview of a formula for successful work and resource management. Taking the right data to generate the right feedback is key to knowing the work, and knowing the work is key to placing the right resources, in...

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