Geographical Information Systems, Data trending, and Risk Assessment Software are now available to help pipeline operators execute safe, cost effective maintenance programs. However, to use these analytical tools effectively, large amounts of data pertaining to the integrity of the pipeline system and its environment are required. For this reason, pipeline rehabilitation programs have evolved into complex data collecting procedures, the success of which depends on the ability to efficiently obtain reliable, consistent and accurate information.

This article will describe new software technology and Quality Control programs, relating to inspection personnel, which have been developed to increase the efficiency and reliability of the information collected during a pipeline excavation.

The pertinent functions of software programs discussed will involve compatibility between databases, on site data validation, code calculations, communications and CAD drawings for a comparison with In Line Inspection results.

As well, the need for quality control or training programs will be discussed addressing both the theoretical and practical applications of pipeline integrity and it’s relevance to quality data collection. Previous projects using these approaches will be presented showing their effectiveness in significantly increasing the efficiency and accuracy of the information collected while reducing overall inspection time and cost.

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