Pathfinder - A new direction in pipeline proving and operational pigging performance management
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David Cockfield
David Cockfield, Peter Ward
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The Pathfinder foam geometry tool was originally developed as a low risk, cost effective soft bodied tool for measuring pipeline geometry. In recent years through continuous improvement the Pathfinder has developed into a recognised, well established technology with an extensive track record for pipeline proving, internal diameter profiling, bend measurement reduced bore location, debris mapping and assessment.

Pathfinder is currently being used by service companies and operators a like on a regular basis to support a wide range of pipeline construction, commissioning and operational workscopes around the world.

This paper sets out to demonstrate the functionality of the Pathfinder and the extent of its operational capability through several high level case studies.

Innovative design developments and current trials on further improving minimum bore negotiation capabilities are also introduced.

Pipeline Innovations’ changing approach to pipeline pigging data acquisition has led to further development of the Pathfinder electronics operating platform to provide a range of standalone pipeline data loggers. The specifications and operational benefits of which are also discussed as part of the technical paper.

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