The development and implementation of specific technical procedures tend to be emphasized as key measures required to ensure the integrity of pipeline systems. These activities are clearly of vital importance. However, the integration of these activities and associated integrity programs with the overall management of the business also plays an important role in guaranteeing success of the programs. This paper describes a typical pipeline integrity management system, its objectives, and its links to other enterprise management systems. The paper also outlines simple methods that can be used to evaluate any given integrity management system’s components with a view to evaluating the programs effectiveness and driving continual improvement. These methods involve the identification of gaps with respect to specified benchmarks, and the design and implementation of risk-based programs to close the gaps. The benefits claimed include: • A comprehensive and holistic approach to pipeline integrity management aligned with company goals and objectives. • Engagement of company-wide technical expertise. • Buy-in and validation by all levels of company management. • Promotion of a company culture that encourages sustainable development of integrity management programs.

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