OPS Direct Assessment Workshop. OPS Direct Assessment Research and Development Projects James Merritt R&D Program Manager, Office of Pipeline Safety [email protected] November 4, 2003. OPS GOAL.
OPS R&D effort stimulates economic activity, creates job opportunities and strengthens the industry’s competitive position in global markets.
OPS will match one-for-one industry’s R&D contribution to collaborative research. This will stretch industry’s research dollar and ensure OPS research priorities accurately reflect the sector’s real needs. Speed up the process of transferring new technology into the private sector.
Remote-Field Eddy Current to Inspection of Unpiggable Pipelines ($87,500) – SwRI
Long-range Ultrasonic Method for Detection of Degradation in Buried, Unpiggable Pipelines ($500,000) –PetroChem Insp.
ICDA of Gas Transmission, Gathering & Storage Systems($260,165) -SwRI
Improvements to ECDA Assessment Methodology by Incorporating Soils Data & Managing the Integrity of Early Transmission Pipelines ($297K) –Battelle Corporation
Develop high-amplitude guided wave for long range pipeline inspection ($272,420) -SwRI
GOAL: Demonstrate a pipeline inspection method that:
Is sensitive to pipe wall thickness loss
Implemented into a ILI tool
Small enough or partially collapse to allow passage through internal restrictions
RFEC coil design