Pipeline Engineering Services
Pure Technologies is an industry leader specializing in the assessment and management of pressurized pipelines. Our staff consists of more than 200 engineers and scientists dedicated to this area.
Highlights of our engineering qualifications include:
Experience: Our firm has managed more than 8,000 miles of pressure pipeline condition assessment projects.
Best Technology: Our team has the industry’s best condition assessment technologies and most extensive knowledge of the capabilities of these tools.
Unique Approach: Our approach minimizes the amount of resources used for studies so that utilities can maximize the resources allocated to pipeline assessment and management.
Return on Investment: Our emphasis on assessing pipe and maintaining existing assets significantly reduces pipeline risk and provides a higher return on investment than conventional approaches to pipeline management.
Pure is committed to dedicating our top engineers and scientists to provide a “results oriented” asset management program for critical water lines. Our approach is innovative, founded on scientifically defensible principles, and offers utilities significant advantages over traditional methods.
Pipeline Management Program
Our pipeline management program strategy maximizes the amount of budget used for inspection, thereby increasing “actionable information” while reducing the resources used for studies and analysis.
While we have significant capability in pressure pipeline prioritization, risk evaluation, technology evaluation, and asset management strategies, we recognize that large portions of a budget can be exhausted on desktop studies, leaving insufficient funds for the portion of the project most useful for the utility – pipeline assessment.
As a result of our philosophy and unique corporate structure, our pipeline management programs have allowed utilities to see a per-mile reduction in cost of 20% to 50%, while obtaining technically superior condition assessment results.
Assess & Address™
96% of pipe sections do not have any deterioration at all and are in “like new” condition. Less than 1% of pipe sections actually require any immediate repair.
Our fundamental approach to pipeline management programs is to maximize the life of the existing pipeline. Maintaining an existing pipeline though proactive repair and management is in the utility’s economic interest. Our approach identifies deteriorated locations, allowing for isolated repairs that extend the life of a pipeline, rather than making broad recommendations to replace/rehabilitate the entire pipeline with capital funds.
The four-step Assess & Address™ approach is:
Perform data collection, review current pipeline data, risk evaluation, and develop appropriately scaled condition assessment strategies for subject pipelines.
Execute condition assessment strategies, collect condition data on subject pipelines and evaluate data to assign condition ratings. This step includes a report of findings and recommendations on how to manage the pipeline.
Problematic locations identified in the condition assessment are can be rehabilitated using a recommended vendor.
After rehabilitation, the risk of failure is low and proactive management measures should be employed to maintain a low risk.
Getting to Actionable Information
Condition Assessment Program Objectives
Selecting the “Right” Assessment Tools
Assessment techniques should be selected to match pipeline risk. We recommend a strategy using low cost screening tools for low-risk pipe while saving resources for high-resolution tools on high-risk pipe.
Pure Technologies minimizes the expenses associated with technology selection and specifying condition assessment projects due to our in-depth understanding of pipe materials and assessment technologies.
Program Capital Budgets
Through condition data evaluation, we can estimate the remaining useful life so that future repairs can be properly coordinated with capital budgets.
Maintain a Low Risk Level
Maintaining a low risk level is accomplished by implementing strategies to proactively manage a pipeline. For pipe sections with high risk (AMP Rating of 5 ), this involves immediate repairs. For pipe sections with lower ratings, measures such as improved surge protection, pressure management, air valve maintenance, periodic re-inspection, and/or acoustic monitoring can be used to maintain a low risk level.
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Jason Consultants Group
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