Papers # 2014 Chicago
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published the final rule establishing integrity management requirements for gas distribution pipeline systems on December 4, 2009 (Distribution Integrity Management Programs - DIMP). The regulation requires operators, such as natural gas distribution companies to develop, write, and implement a distribution integrity management program with the following elements:
- Maintain System Knowledge
- Identify Threats
- Evaluate and Rank Risks
- Identify and Implement Measures to Address Risks
- Measure Performance, Monitor Results, and Evaluate Effectiveness
An important component of maintaining system integrity is ensuring the quality of fusion operations. While many advancements have been made in fusion technology, there remains a need to improve the process of standardizing, creating, and capturing data that verifies the quality of fusions and stores data for tracking and trending throughout the asset’s life.
To address this need, GTI is developing technology and supporting standards that will automate the process of creating and capturing data through the fusion equipment in an industry standard format. Using mobile GIS and GPS technology, GTI has created a system that automates the extraction of important fusion parameter data, integrates the data into GIS features, and transfers the data to back-office enterprise systems in real-time. The result is a robust, geospatially enabled dataset that facilitates regulatory compliance and asset lifecycle tracking and traceability.