New technologies for in-ditch non-destructive evaluation were lately developed and are becoming of mainstream use in the evaluation of external corrosion features for both In-Line-Inspection performance evaluation and pipeline integrity assessment. However, doubt was cast about the reliability and repeatability of these new technologies (hardware and processing software) when compared with those used in the traditional external-corrosion in-ditch measurement and the reliability of the pipeline integrity assessment calculations (PBurst) embedded in their software when compared with industry-wide accepted calculation methods. Therefore, the primary objective of this study is to evaluate the variation and repeatability of the measurements produced by these new technologies in corrosion feature profiling and associated PBurst calculations.
Two new 3D scanning systems were used for the evaluation of two pipe samples removed from service which contain complex external corrosion features in laboratory. The reliability of the 3D scanning system in measuring corrosion profiles was evaluated against traditional profile gage data. In addition, the associated burst pressures reported by the systems were compared with results obtained using industry-widely used calculation methods. Also, consistencies, errors and gaps in results were identified. In this paper, the approach used for this study is described first, the evaluation results are then presented and finally the findings and their implications are discussed.