Pipeline Integrity and Advanced Defect Assessment

Effective pipeline integrity requires a balance of experience and application of theory, an understanding of both inspection technologies and defect assessment, knowing when to apply compliance based solutions and when to implement innovative new approaches.

IDSmith Pipeline Engineering has a unique blend of in-line inspection, pipeline operator, and pipeline integrity consulting experience that gives the ability to develop customized solutions that fit the size of the problem from big to small.

Services offered:

There are now a wide range of defect assessment tools and technologies available to choose from. Often knowing what is available and what the strengths and weakness are allows for the effective application of those assessments to get the results that will effectively management pipeline integrity threats.

IDSmith Pipeline Engineering will perform Fitness-for-Service and Engineering Assessments using industry leading methodologies for a wide range of pipeline anomaly types.

Specialties include:

  • Remaining life based Dent Assessment
  • Crack Assessment – API 579 and PRCI MAT-8
  • Fatigue Assessments – Pressure cycle fatigue
  • Probabilistic Analyses – Metal Loss, Crack Assessments or PCFA
  • Corrosion Growth Assessments
  • Fitness-for-Service Assessments

Pipeline integrity programs are built upon the assessment of ILI data. Understanding the performance of the ILI tools is a key element in effectively assessing pipeline anomalies.

Effective ILI validation should move beyond simply validating ILI tool specifications and answer questions about whether key anomalies were detected and if assessments have been performed effectively. API 1163 ILI Systems Qualification provides the base for understanding performance and incorporating complimentary tools to understand the impact of the inspection on your pipeline integrity.

IDSmith Pipeline Engineering will perform an analysis that both validates the ILI performance and the assessment of the data. Key questions that will be answered are was the assessment performed appropriate for the quality of the data and the inspection frequency of the pipeline.

Assessing and monitoring pressure cycling is a key element in the management of both crack and dent threats.

IDSmith Pipeline Engineering has extensive experience in performing pressure cycle fatigue based assessments and in program development.

  • Susceptibility Assessments to determine if there is sufficient pressure cycling for in-service cracks to be a valid pipeline integrity threat
  • Pressure Cycle Fatigue Assessments
  • Dent Life Cycle Assessments
  • Fatigue Management Program Development
  • Fatigue Management

Build or grow your IMP to balance compliance requirements with best anomaly assessment practices.

IDSmith Pipeline Engineering has extensive experience in these projects. Examples of IMP Development Include:

  • Develop Anomaly Assessment Criteria to evaluate ILI results
  • Develop Seam Weld Crack Integrity Management Program
  • Integration of online fatigue monitoring to manage either seam crack, SCC, or dent threats

An in depth review of ILI data can unlock information that is not reported in a spreadsheet and provide valuable information to help make safer pipeline integrity decisions.

IDSmith Pipeline Engineering has the experience with ILI data analysis and the perspective of an assessment engineering to move beyond compliance based reporting.

  • Review of geometry anomalies
  • Identify and classify non-traditional dent shapes
  • Review metal loss data
  • Identify and classify metallurgical anomalies
  • Piggability reviews using geometry and/or data logger data
  • Correlate ILI data and field prove-up results
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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful

– Samuel Johnson