The O&G industry continues to seek increased efficiency and reduced cost through digital technologies and the Internet of Things (loT) that may potentially facilitate more effective data capture, data management, analytics, and hence better decision making. Digital investments seem to be focusing primarily on general production and maintenance opportunities.
Many operators manage an abundance of corrosion and integrity related data, but these data may not always be used as effectively as possible to assess equipment health. There is an opportunity, depending on the circumstances, to maximize the value of the data that already exist and to advance technologies that provide opportunities to more efficiently gather data.
This paper provides an overview and possible methods for consideration in how to capture the full potential of digital technologies for corrosion and integrity management with a focus on upstream pipelines, considering current industry offerings but also potential new technologies. The importance of developing a holistic, long term digital strategy is discussed, where the strategy targets key value drivers and considers people, business processes and technologies. The paper also provides thoughts about where the corrosion and integrity management community can influence technology development in this space.
Pipeline operators have to manage a variety of risks while ensuring that they can operate cost effectively. The risks depend on the environment the specific pipelines operate in, both internal and external service condition and other factors like 3rd party interaction. The operators also need to consider that these risks change over time. Over the last decades, significant advancements have been made in digital technology and the O&G industry and pipeline operators continue to seek increased efficiency and reduced cost through digital solutions that may potentially facilitate more effective data capture, data management, analytics and better decision making.
Even though the focus in digital investments seems to be on general production and maintenance opportunities, like condition based maintenance and production optimization, the pipeline industry has developed in several technology areas and there is an increase in digital integrity management service offerings.