API 1163 In Line Inspection Requirements

To ensure safety and reliability, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) included section 49 CFR 195.591 In-Line Inspection (ILI) of pipelines in the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations.  When conducting in-line inspection of pipelines required by this part, each operator must comply with the requirements and recommendations of:

  • API Std 1163, Inline Inspection Systems Qualification Standard
  • ANSI/ASNT ILI-PQ, Inline Inspection Personnel Qualification and Certification
  • NACE SP0102-2010, Inline Inspection of Pipelines

Compliance and meeting the recommendations of these standards referenced in 49 CFR 195.591 can be demonstrated using the ICAM/1163 web-based platform.  Activities associated with each ILI run are:

  • Managed
  • Scheduled
  • Tracked
  • Documented
  • Reported

If you have to prepare for an audit, you’re not ready!  Utilizing a Governance Control System provides a straight forward, consistent means of demonstrating compliance.

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Integrated Management Systems

The creation of frameworks and standards as governance for management systems and or other industry standards such as ISO 9001, have been ongoing for many years in many different industries, including, but not limited to chemical, manufacturing and more recently pipelines.

A review of these various documents shows that they “All” contain similar requirements, revolving around the quality management tenets of Plan, Do, Check and Act.  Each industry may emphasize these tenets differently, but they are the same none the less.   What is not prevalent, is the implementation of control to manage the execution of these systems and to provide the ability to measure their performance against the proposed benefits.  What differentiates PI Confluence is that we go one step further by providing a GCS to support the implementation of the system, the measurement and presentation of the performance measures against the target metrics, to show maturity and to report benefit performance to senior management.

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Integrated Integrity Management

The concept of Integrated Integrity Management refers to an approach that defines and applies integrity principles to any asset class, whether it be transmission piping, a distribution system or a gas storage field.  Each of these areas has requirements detailed in various forms of governance that need to be supported by control to document execution, measure performance and document effectiveness.

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Public Awareness

Public Awareness requires not only the governance and control for program execution, it also is heavily dependent upon Stakeholder Engagement.  Each of these areas has requirements detailed in various forms of governance that need to be supported by control to document execution, measure performance and document effectiveness.

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Control Room Management

Control room management, similar to integrity and public awareness, has a number of requirements that are regulatory in nature as well as requirements based in best practices.  These requirements are supported by governance; however, in the majority of cases, lack the the application of a GCS,

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