Following the success of the Forums in 2011, 2013, and 2015, our 2017 Unpiggable Pipelines Solutions Forum continues with the objective of addressing capabilities and guidance concerning tools for corrosion and mechanical damage inspection of ‘unpiggable’ oil, gas and hazardous liquids pipelines. The focus will be on the capabilities of existing technologies as well as those in research and development.
Advances and best practices in above-ground remote assessments, externally mounted assessment tools such as guided-wave or MFL, and combinations with DA methodologies will form a significant part of the program. Live-line access techniques, combined with low-flow restriction robotic and wire-line-powered internal inspection tools – and new free-swimming tools for challenging configurations – will also be a special focus, especially for pipeline segments that cannot be taken out of service when there is a need for reliable integrity inspections.
Additionally, tools and practices for pre-inspection surveys and preparing lines for inspection, including cleaning, will be of particular interest, as will tools that can negotiate unknown pipe geometry and other unexpected obstructions.