BP can now target its corrosion inspection program on pipelines where there is a statistically validated shortage of data. Resources can be shifted from lines where the same statistical approach indicates that adequate quantities of data have already been acquired. This exciting capability has been realised and trialed by the FieldoftheFuture flagship technology team and builds on its successful track record of working with large quantities of data from real time applications. What has been demonstrated is that BP's experience with real time process data is equally applicable to very large databases of historical inspection data. Strategies can be developed that respond to the most recent inspection results as these are acquired.

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