This paper describes an approach used by Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT) to manage dents and mechanical damage as part of its overall Integrity Management Plan (IMP). The approach provides guidance in the process for evaluating deformation anomalies that are detected by high resolution magnetic flux leakage (HR-MFL) and multi-channel geometry in-line inspection tools, the process to determine which deformations will be selected for excavation, the process to conduct pipeline field excavations, assessments, and repairs for pipeline integrity purposes. This approach was developed, tested and fully implemented during pipeline integrity work over a two year program involving over 1,100 miles of HR-MFL and 900 miles of geometry in-line inspection. Integration of data from high resolution ILI tools (HR-MFL and multi-channel deformation tools) was used to identify and characterize dents and mechanical damage in the pipeline system. From subsequent field assessments and correlation with ILI results, the processes were refined and field procedures developed. The new guidance provided in the 2003 edition of ASME B31.8 was used as the governing assessment criteria.

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