Together with our customers, our goal is zero pipeline failures.Our heritage of providing accurate and reliable pipeline inspection data helps promote environmental and public safety.
With over 1 million kilometres of pipeline inspected worldwide during the last 35 years, PII’s advanced assessment techniques deliver customer focused pipeline integrity services. Technological expertise, field experience, and advanced data management capabilities help our customers meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, and enhance the safety, productivity and life of their asset.
The industry-leading inspection technologies and expertise that operators use to identify and accurately evaluate metal loss, determine growth rates and assess risk.
ILI technologies with unique advantages to help meet operator objectives
From the moment a pipeline is commissioned, it begins to deteriorate. No matter what cathodic protection system or coatings are used, or which product is flowing in the pipeline, corrosion will eventually compromise pipe wall integrity.
Our solutions date back to the development of magnetic flux leakage tools in the 1960s, and we have continued to invest to evolve technological capabilities and help pipeline operators meet the highest levels of performance and safety that science can provide.
Operators require accurate defect detection, sizing and classification in order to determine actual growth rate and manage corrosion. We provide a range of magnetic and ultrasonic inspection technologies that each offer unique advantages. The operator’s selection decision should be aligned with their particular mission and underlying threat(s).
Providing reliable detection, location and sizing of both critical and sub-critical crack-like features to help operators manage the threat of injurious cracks.
Our tools can locate almost any defect
Although a crack may be almost invisible to the eye, it can still weaken a pipeline enough to cause catastrophic failure. The types of cracks most likely to develop in operating pipelines are stress corrosion cracks (SCC), fatigue cracks, hydrogen-induced cracks and sulfide corrosion cracks. They can occur in the base material of the pipe, in welds and in the heat-affected zone adjacent to welds. Cracks can also appear in substandard axial and girth welds, and can occur in conjunction with other flaws such as dents, gouges and corrosion.
We have focused on finding solutions to the operator’s challengeto locate, identify, characterize and monitor the many types of cracks that may compromise pipeline integrity. Our technologies can inspect older pipelines, which have a propensity for weld-related cracks (seam, hooks). For accurate location and highlighting of cracks most likely to fail, our inspection capabilities can identify stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and cracks of unknown gestation. We also can employ recognized engineering techniques to predict rupture pressure when adjacent crack(s) interact, if extensive SCC crack fields are populated with both critical and subcritical cracks.
GE offers proven, industry-accepted pipeline integrity engineering practices that support a pragmatic approach without jeopardizing pipeline safety.
Technologies, expertise and experience that help pipeline operators maximize the efficiency of their ILI programs
PII offers a comprehensive range of assessment techniques to evaluate anomaly criticality and recommend control measures, repair processes or changes to the system process to promote long-term pipeline integrity.
We have developed ILI run comparison (RunCom) software to accurately align two ILI data sets and match corrosion sites to identify active corrosion growth sites. Using established industry standards, Our Integrity Assessments determine and predict the immediate and future integrity of a pipeline. Thus, avoiding costly excavations and unnecessary repairs whilst maintaining pipeline safety. We provide Pipeline Curvature and Bending Strain Assessments to help operators identify locations where ground instability may pose a risk and affect pipeline integrity. Our Post Inspection Dent Assessment (PIDA) reports use local dent strain data to identify the need for and to prioritize repairs to pipeline dents. Post Inspection Crack Assessment (PICA) reports use engineering criticality assessments to determine the acceptability and remaining life of crack indications found through ILI surveys.
Our rigorous, regulatory compliant and quality assured assessment techniques and deliverables help pipeline operators:
Identify short and long-term integrity threats
Avoid unnecessary and costly excavations and repairs whilst promoting safety
Optimize long-term maintenance and repair schedules