Pipeline Material Property Verification

Pipeline operators who lack adequate records to substantiate and verify the properties of a pipeline must commission a material properties verification process. This process needs to ascertain key attributes of the pipeline, such as diameter, grade/SMYS, seam type, toughness and wall thickness. 

Our pipeline integrity framework for material properties is based on a holistic approach and provides the necessary data required for the management of threats. The approach is a complete service undertaken as a consultancy project that delivers a comprehensive pipeline characterization and assessment. Compliance requirements are exceeded for an optimized asset performance maximization and lifetime extension.

Diagram showing the material property verification.ROSEN's Pipeline Integrity Framework for Material Properties

Traceable, verifiable and complete pipeline records 

Knowledge of integrity threats underpins how a strategy for materials verification should be established. An understanding of the threats can be built from inspection data, susceptibility analysis and historical records, where they are still available. 

Being both customizable and comprehensive in scope, our framework for material properties ranges from initial assessment to the requirements for satisfying legal compliance. This is significant because regulations on traceable, verifiable and complete records (TVC) became a legal requirement in 2020. Selection of the optimal in-line inspection (ILI) system allows you to trace and identify gaps in material properties records. It represents a sound basis for data to be supplied for integrity engineering. 

Our asset integrity solution draws on proven technologies and expertise we have developed over many decades, serving pipeline operators across the globe. The result is a materials properties verification management framework for each individual pipeline in your portfolio. A strategy that ensures your pipeline operations comply with codes and regulations relevant for materials determination. Your pipeline threat risk management framework is enabled through our dedicated software and data platforms, all managed by our multidisciplinary and expert engineering teams.

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In-line inspection technologies

Our approach to integrity detects multiple conditions by applying a range of ILI technologies, including those designed to identify materials. Featuring multiple technologies, our tool fleet characterizes pipeline material and identifies the associated integrity threats. This flexibility, enables pipeline operators to make the most informed integrity management decisions. The result is improved pipeline safety and performance.

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Compliant pipeline asset management

Compliance and safety can drive a integrity and risk management strategy. Reconfirming the maximum allowable operating pressure is a regulatory requirement that is complex and challenging. If an engineering critical assessment is made without the relevant ILI technologies, it can be inaccurate. A multi-sensor equipped tool should be used by an experienced team with the right data and analysis platform to define defects.

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Material and welding consultancy

Pipeline integrity is threatened by material property changes during the installation process. Key components of a threat management strategy include choosing the right welding processes and materials, training welders, understanding and applying quality inspections and standards and auditing suppliers. Our consultants support with all your materials and welding challenges.

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Risk management

Manufacturing and construction defects, corrosion and geohazards present risks to pipeline integrity. Without a risk management approach, these threats introduce uncertainty to your operations, impacting performance and potentially resulting in failure. A holistic approach with regular condition monitoring helps optimize the integrity management process and determine appropriate, cost-effective risk control measures.

Manage and verify pipeline material properties

Our services range from in-line inspections and integrity assessments to consultancy services.

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