Real World Applications of Pipeline Leak Detection

by Michael N. Mears, Williams Pipe Line Co, Tulsa, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Infrastructure II


This paper covers various leak detection methodologies and how they are integrated into the Williams Pipe Line system. Special emphasis is given to the dynamic model method of leak detection in terms of how it fits into the overall leak detection picture and how it should be viewed from a regulator's stand point. Interest in automated leak detection has been spurred by pending legislation. The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 1991 outlines some specific directives. One of these directives requires the DOT to survey and assess the effectiveness of procedures, systems and equipment used to detect pipeline ruptures and minimize product releases from pipeline facilities. The author enumerates certain points that should be considered in the DOT's survey, based on real world applications of pipeline leak detection.

Subject Headings: Pipe leakage | Pipeline management | Dynamic models | Safety | Legislation | Detection methods | Automation and robotics

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