Monthly Archives: March 2012

Fracture initiation control

AS 2885.1 generally provides all the background information you need to develop a simple fracture control plan (at least for simple cases).  But one aspect that has not been well covered is guidance on fracture initiation control. It isn’t the … Continue reading

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AS 2885 drafts

A couple of months ago I provided a summary of the status of updates to AS 2885.  The wheels of Standards Australia grind very slowly but a couple of weeks ago two drafts were released: AS 2885.0 General Requirements – … Continue reading

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Lightning damage pictures

Following the earlier post on lightning damage I have acquired a few photos.  The donors wish to remain anonymous but I am very grateful to them. The first three pictures are of the recently reported event which resulted in a … Continue reading

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Process control for organisations

This post is contributed by Savitha Balu who is a PhD candidate within Research Program 4 of the Energy Pipelines CRC.  Her project is about the influence of safety specialists in organisations with the aim of finding the organisational models … Continue reading

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The APIA/POG incident database received a new incident report the other day – a pipeline leak caused by a lightning strike.  The confidentiality requirements mean that I’m not going to tell you where it was or which pipeline, other than … Continue reading

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Location classification for facilities

(Been busy lately – rather shocked that it’s nearly four weeks since my last post.) I had a question the other day of a type that comes up from time to time:  What location classification do you assign to pipeline … Continue reading

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