Managing the Technical Integrity of a Pipeline with an Out of the Box GIS- and Geodata-based PIMS
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Philipp Ahlner
Philipp Ahlner
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The presentation shall introduce a software which makes it possible to establish a pipeline integrity management system. Used will be already existing GIS and expert data which are delivered to the evaluation software, trascue.PIMS.

In this case we will focus on the approach and the realisation of the process using Smallworld GIS. The software that is introduced is not bound to one special Geographic Information System. It is platform neutral.

The technical integrity of a pipeline meaning the correct and technically proper state in terms of security requires maintenance and repair because the current state may change dependent on time through third party damage, corrosion etc. The driving goal is that all security relevant processes are examined wholistic and organised in a Pipeline Integrity Management System (PIMS). That was the reason for developing the product trascue.PIMS in co-operation with a pipeline operator.

The technical integrity can be shown by collecting all essential influences on the system for each pipeline location and/or segment. All this information will be evaluated using a standardised concept. An analysis of reliability is performed applying the criterion of failure probablities in the technical condition analysis (TCA). That’s how pipeline operators are able to detect weaknesses of a line or loop and also to take action in order to ensure its proper condition.

Already existing GIS objects and objects from a newly developed database are used for the assessment. The datamodel is available “out of the box”. It might be configured if necessary. The collected data can be transferred to the software trascue.PIMS over a XML output where the data can be analysed. Failure probabilities or renovation actions can be managed with these analyses and with parameter studies.

Data gathering is of course a must before performing a technical condition analysis or calculating the failure probability. This might be realized using a directive for data gathering to ensure that the data is correct.

For optimization of orientation and display it is also possible to integrate land register data or other backgrounds.
In all trascue.PIMS is a very elaborate solution which focuses on pipeline integrity using already given data.

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