Monthly Archives: August 2011

SMS Facilitators’ Forum

How many of you would be interested in a face-to-face forum for discussion of issues around pipeline safety management studies? I’m thinking about a round-table meeting lasting most of a day, probably in conjunction with some other APIA event (ie. … Continue reading

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Geotechnical guidelines

The Energy Pipelines CRC engages in a wide range of projects from (for example) sophisticated computational fluid dynamics investigating transient flow phenomena through to preparation of simple practical guidelines.  Two guidelines on geotechnical aspects of pipeline design and operation have … Continue reading

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Who is responsible?

Interesting article here:  PG&E says it is not to blame for San Bruno blast.  This is a media report based on a PG&E submission to the NTSB.  I haven’t yet found the submission itself among the 40o San Bruno documents … Continue reading

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Common Infrastructure Corridor (CIC)

Last (?) in this intermittent series of posts on location classification – Common Infrastructure Corridor. The CIC location class highlights the special set of threats, and corresponding special mitigation measures, that arise when a pipeline is installed closely parallel to … Continue reading

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Industrial location classes (I and HI)

The two industrial location classes are provided to allow recognition of land uses that don’t fit neatly into the four primary location classes.  Unfortunately it seems that the definitions of Industrial (I) and Heavy Industrial (HI) are not always well … Continue reading

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S (Sensitive) location class

The Sensitive (S) location class doesn’t seem to cause much confusion (with one minor exception). Its intent is obvious:  to identify locations where there are people who are less able to protect themselves against a pipeline failure.  This includes particularly … Continue reading

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Secondary location classes

(I’m back.  Things still seem to be incredibly busy but I’m hoping to find enough time to resume reasonably regular posts here.) I still haven’t finished the series of posts on location classification so it seems appropriate to resume with … Continue reading

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