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Geological Engineering: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference (ICGE 2007)
Baosong Ma
Baosong Ma
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Proper pipeline maintenance ultimately saves lives and money, and mitigates risks of pipeline failure. The United States laws have provisions for maintenance of oil and gas pipelines. Pipelines are an essential part of our transportation infrastructure and greatly contribute to our economy. The objective of this paper is to better understand the main causes of pipeline failures. This will lower the risks of damage by improving maintenance practices. More accurate pipeline economical assessment is recommended for proper estimation of the pipeline maintenance funding needs. Outside and inside forces have a significant impact on the life expectancy of pipelines. In order to make the right preventive and corrective maintenance decisions, a proper pipeline inspection and assessment strategy is recommended. The objective of this paper is to determine the main causes of pipeline damages and how to prevent them.

Pipeline Asset Management
Causes of Pipeline Failures
Actions Taken by Government to Help Prevent Pipeline Failures
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