It has been established that the most economical and safest way to transport crude oil is through oil and gas pipeline systems, which meet high demands for efficiency and reliability. However, as the transportation of hazardous substances through mile-long pipelines has become widespread worldwide in recent decades, the risk of serious accidents due to pipeline failures is increasing.
The energy industry inspects and monitors equipment according to strict standards that focus on maintaining the efficiency of the equipment in service, while preserving safety in the workplace. It is well known that leaks in pipeline systems are one of the main causes of the countless losses suffered by pipeline operators. Pipeline failure incidents can result in serious environmental disasters, as well as human and financial losses.
To maintain safety, ensure effective management and safeguard the integrity of pipelines, operators of these assets apply a variety of monitoring and inspection methods – combining digital technologies and field operations. Regular visual non-destructive testingNDT inspections are the backbone of effective inspection management, dedicated to early detection and anticipation of leaks and damage.
In response to this issue, SIRFULL ‘s inspection management solution integrates the main and fundamental steps of an optimized inspection process, providing a comprehensive approach to managing pipelines in a safe and cost-effective manner. The SaaS platform, intelligent, scalable and customizable, is now used by pipeline network operators in France (such as Trapil or SPSE) and internationally.
The solution SIRFULL™ Inspection is based on the RBI – Risk Based Inspection – methodology, and is enriched with the intelligent modules “Measurement Points”, “Analysis of Degradation Mechanisms” and “Strategy”, which help energy operators to combine different approaches and technologies, finding the most optimal strategy for inspection management. A real “toolbox” for the inspection department, helping users to improve inspection programs, ensure regulatory compliance, analyze degradation mechanisms and their causes, avoid leaks, implement inspection strategy and reduce risks.
Pipeline inspections play an important role in asset integrity management. The rules governing the inspection are the pipeline safety regulations, as well as the operating conditions, the identified risk factors, the degradation mechanisms, such as corrosion and its growth rate. This is why the cornerstone of the solution SIRFULL™ Inspection is the Strategy module, which allows inspection departments to implement inspection rules taking into account different criteria.
Inspection and monitoring activities for the collection of information are carried out with the “Measuring Points” module , which provides an organized approach to qualitative and quantitative data collection, evaluation, documentation and planning of visual and instrumental surveys. This module combines data collected from all technologies used for inspection, including desk-top inspections as well as the use of robots, drones and pigs. Coupled with our geolocation module, pipelines can be visualized, as well as any information detected or recorded by an inspection robot or during field inspection, which helps pipeline operators take the necessary actions before damage occurs.
The Cause Analysis module (under development) will be an additional tool dedicated to the evaluation of inspection and monitoring data, involving the evaluation of degradation progression rates and the calculation of remaining life.
Finally, the inspection management solution can be coupled with the Simulation Engine developed by SIRFULL, which allows inspection management departments toevaluate different scenarios and compare different inspectionstrategies before choosing the best one.
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