The implementation of an integral Pipeline (integrity) Management System means more than Integrity alone

This paper will give an overview of the history of PiMS and the new developments within Gastransport Services regarding the implementation of an integral Pipeline (integrity) Management System.

by Ad Pijnacker Hordijk, M. Kornalijnslijper

The authors will discuss the history, objectives, processes and the way how to reach the goal in more detail in this paper. The design of the pipeline network in the Netherlands was based on the ASME B31G guidelines, as a sound engineering practise. The construction started early 1960 in a very rapid tempo. The control and maintenance in those years was executed on a paper based system with steady state frequencies of measurements uniformly distributed all over the network. With the nowadays databases and computer systems all kind of analyses beyond the capacity of a pipeline engineer can be carried out. These analyses have been made possible by outstanding Research of different companies, Joint Industry Programs and international investigations executed by a variety of different well known groups. However an integration of all the data and stand-alone models into one single (PiMS-)system with one or more linked databases and controlled by one process control system was not a major option due to a lack of IT-possibilities and management objectives. Due to very fast developments in IT, recent incidents in the industry all over the world, the change in management objectives to have a faster and a better control over the pipeline safety, reliability and associating costs a strong desire for a PiMS-process control system was born.

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published: Vulkan-Verlag GmbH, 3R 3 / 2004 (March 2004), 3|2004
Keywords: Landfilling, Logistics, Material Recovery, Policy Tax Instruments