T.D. Williamson has released the pipeline industry’s first published performance specification for gouge identification and depth sizing within a dent. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based global pipeline solutions provider announced the specification on April 14, having enhanced its Multiple Dataset (MDS) gouge versus metal loss (GvML) classifier.
MDS offers comprehensive mechanical damage assessment by leveraging multiple technologies on a single inspection platform, where data is easily correlated to identify coincident threats.
The new classifier identifies gouges in natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines with greater confidence, and provides depth sizing of gouge and corrosion features using field-validated tolerances.
No other technology can provide this level of detection, identification or sizing of gouges associated with mechanical damage, one of the leading causes of catastrophic pipeline failures worldwide.
Matt Romney, senior product manager, pipeline integrity, will discuss the new GvML classifier and sizer at two industry events: API’s 2021 Pipeline, Control Room and Cybernetics Conference and World Pipeline Integrity 2021. Romney, who has more than seven years of experience designing in-line inspection (ILI) tools, will describe how the GvML algorithm improves pipeline integrity, the research behind its development and how it was validated.
TDW draws upon more than 100 years of industry leadership to help operators of pressurized pipeline systems keep the world’s energy lifelines running safely and reliably. TDW delivers a comprehensive portfolio of safe integrity pipeline system solutions for onshore and offshore applications, including advanced isolation and intervention, integrated pigging and integrity assessment solutions.