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What You (And I) Didn’t Know About Automating Pipeline Inspection Reporting

Automating the pipeline construction inspection process seems straight-forward: collect inspection data on a tablet device, upload it, and report the findings on a website. This is a typical mobile data collection scenario that’s been used across many industries for years. I thought I knew everything about the subject. I was wrong.
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Did a Manufacturer Falsify your Data?

Imagine yourself as a pipeline operator that has followed all the rules and regulations. Good For you! You’ve employed reputable engineers with proven experience that developed a comprehensive design basis. You’ve developed procurement procedures to confirm compliance with the design basis. You’ve implemented an inspection protocol that clearly defines inspector certification and details specific roles and responsibilities. You’ve enacted a sophisticated data tracking system with supporting documentation down to the joint level and conducted a gap analysis to assure all various phases are aligned. Your project has successfully passed multiple audits by PHMSA. Now, you can sleep comfortably at night. What could possibly go wrong?
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Do You Need a 408 Review?

Civil works projects are public undertakings, done to support public welfare and funded by taxpayer dollars.Therefore, when direct alterations, or indirect actions that may result in alterations, to civil works projects are contemplated by the USACE or another entity, public or private, the USACE is required by Congress to analyze if the proposed activity could adversely alter the function of the civil works project. If an adverse alteration could occur that would impair the function of a civil works project, the activity proponent must make changes to its activity to significantly reduce or eliminate adverse aspects. The statute requiring this analysis by the USACE is codified at Title 33 of the United States Code at Section 408, hence the shorthand phrase for the analysis, “408 Review”. Successful 408 Review is a threshold approval, and the USACE cannot issue a permit, such as a Section 10 permit for structures in navigable waters or a Section 404 permit for dredge and fill activities, or approve any other permission, such as a real estate outgrant to occupy or use USACE lands, until a 408 Review is completed and an alteration approved.
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Industry Events

Upcoming and recent conferences, trade shows & seminars where the PCS team attends, presents or exhibits.

International Pipeline Conference

September 24-28, 2018
Calgary, AB

Pipeline Technology Forum

October 16 - 17, 2018
Houston, TX

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