(I’ve been quiet for a fortnight – a week ago we had a DIY country wedding and reception for my daughter and that meant several frantic but joyful days with no time for anything else.)
Late last week I ran a safety management study workshop for what was probably the most low-risk pipeline I’ve yet been involved with – barely 2 km of DN 150 in a remote and unpopulated area. I suggested to my client that they consider using the prequalified design permitted by Clause 5.6 of AS 2885.1, and thereby save themselves the time and cost of the workshop. However it turned out that this particular pipeline didn’t quite meet the criteria for prequalified design so we proceeded with the workshop anyway.
The reason for including the prequalified design in AS 2885 was to minimise the design and project management overhead on very small projects.
I’d be interested to hear whether pipeline designers are in fact making use of it. So please post a comment if:
- You’ve used the prequalified design provisions in Clause 5.6
- You’ve considered using them but found they weren’t suitable (and why)
- You have other views on the usefulness or otherwise of Clause 5.6