In-line Inspection (ILI) tools are regularly used for inspecting transmission pipelines. However, it is challenging to use such technology for a large portion of pipes; e.g. terminals and pumping stations, because of diameter changes, tight turns, or other pipe/inspection characteristics. Non-contact pipeline magnetic testing (NPMT) is a well-suited technique to inspect potentially non-ILI pipes. This paper presents a new framework for selecting and prioritizing digs-based LSM high severity features. A multi-criteria decision-making approach was developed using pair-wise comparisons which stems from the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP). AHP is a structured technique for organizing and analyzing complex decisions to help the decision maker set priorities and make the best decision given available information. In addition to the application of AHP, a cost benefit analysis and evaluation of risk have been conducted in order to support a risk-informed decision-making for selecting the top priority digs. Pipe properties, LSM tool reported data and Subject Matter Expert (SME) opinion were utilized in order to efficiently render a decision regarding prioritization of dig sites.

The developed approach can be used as a regular process to prioritize similar dig programs. This method is capable of ranking different dig sites based on SME opinion as well as construction information and LSM reported data.

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