August 2018, Vol. 245, No. 8

PPSA 2018 Pigging Update

Accessible Pipeline Data Becomes Focal Point of Safety

By Erik Dahlberg Many of the world’s most vulnerable pipelines are in developed and municipal areas, where it can be difficult to locate miles of gas pipelines in these regions. And where locations exist, the data may not be in an easily retrievable and shareable format.  By not having accurate, readily available location data, pipeline operators, construction companies, farmers, landowners and other stakeholders face the risk of accidental and potentially catastrophic damage to a buried gas pipeline. The U.S. 2016 Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act requires increased use of data and technology to improve pipeline safety. The legislation is vehemen

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