January 2022, Vol. 249, No. 1

Features

Responding to Failures with 4-Step ACER Analysis for Operators

By David Futch, PE, ADV Integrity, Inc.   Integrity management is typically seen as a preventative measure meant to manage the risks present on any given pipeline and avoid failures.   However, with many factors posing a consistent and constant threat to the operation of pipeline systems – including manufacturing defects, human error, system corrosion, or damage from a third party – knowing how to address failures when worst-case scenarios happen is vital for continual improvement of any pipeline integrity management program.    Unfortunately, no two failures are exactly alike, which makes knowing how to respond more complicated and critical when the need arises.

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