Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z662 Proposed Updates: Safety Class (Annex C)


The CSA Z662 Class Location Task Force (CLTF) has developed proposed, safety-class based pressure design approach for the 2023 Standard under the non-mandatory Annex C. It is currently out for public review and the intent is that it can be used as an alternative to the current Clause 4 pressure design approach.
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Moving Toward a Hydrogen Economy – What Role does the Pipeline Industry Play?


As the hydrogen economy advances across the Transmission sector, and more recently into Utilities and Gas Distribution, we sat down with our subject matter expert, Mario Yturriago, Senior Integrity Engineer at Dynamic Risk, to learn how Hydrogen will continue to play a more dominate role across the pipeline industry in support of environmental stewardship and sustainability.
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Aiming For Zero With Root Cause Analysis


Zero pipeline incidents that could impact the public is a goal of the pipeline industry. While industry is trending better and incident rates have dropped significantly, we know that there is more to do. The critical factor to have a continuously improving pipeline integrity management system in place is derived from understanding and analyzing the causes and learning from past incidents or near-misses.
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Applied Machine Learning, A Practical Approach


Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Analytics, etc., have become ubiquitous terms. Encyclopedic definition of Machine Learning is as follows; “ML is a study of computer algorithms that improve automatically through experience.
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How to Break the Inspect-Repair Cycle – Stop the Madness


In order to comply with industry regulations and optimize pipeline operational expenditures, pipeline operators employ a Risk Based Inspection (RBI) process.
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Embracing Digital Transformation for Upstream Pipeline Assets


As our industry evolves, upstream operators are going beyond using spreadsheets, local folders and network drives for data storage, analysis and visualization.
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The Value of Leveraging Consequence Modeling for Liquid Pipelines


Outflow Analysis and Overland Spill Modeling (OSM) are fast becoming the go-to methods for liquid pipeline consequence modeling, in both the pipeline design phase, as well as leveraged in quantitative risk assessments, and management of High Consequence Areas (HCA) for operational pipelines.
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Proposed Canadian Standard Association (CSA) Z662 Risk Assessment Updates – Part 2


The CSA Z662:19 Standard Oil and gas pipeline systems is currently being reviewed by a CSA task force comprised of industry stakeholders, with proposed changes for Risk Assessment guidance targeted for incorporation in the 2023 Standard.
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New In-Line Inspection Updates Released from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – Part 1


The 2019 edition of CSA Z662 includes updates in two key areas involving In-line Inspection (ILI) of pipelines. Clause 10 now explicitly identifies the considerations operators need to apply when evaluating imperfections detected by ILI and Annex D has been expanded upon to include Tool Selection guidance and harmonization to other ILI standards such as API 1163 and CEPA’s Metal Loss Inspection guidance document.
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