January 2021, Vol. 248, No. 1


Early Adopters of AI Reaping Integrity Management Benefits

By Danielle C. Roberts, Energy Writer   Robots that inspect pipelines are continually improving – at the same time, they are gathering ever-increasing amounts of data.   In fact, today it’s estimated that every 150,000 miles of pipeline generates about 10 terabytes of data on everything from pressure and temperature to flow.    To cope with this increasing data volume, big data technologies are a must, say experts – combined with the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning – for robust, consistent and accurate analysis of pipeline damage, quality improvement of data, and not only failure prediction but also recommended actions to maximize p

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