In recent years, numerous management techniques have come forward. Many of these techniques are perceived as independent and not complementary to each other. This may have led many people to suggest that the various techniques are nothing more than buzzwords and flavor of the month philosophies. Understanding the various techniques and their complementary aspects is perhaps the greatest tool for the management of a pipeline system throughout its life cycle.

This paper discusses the main features of quality management and risk management. It also demonstrates the advantage of merging these two techniques thereby causing the organization to better manage life cycle design, operation and cost. Lastly, this paper illustrates that external communications can be improved by communicating both the quality and risk management aspects of the work.

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