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100th Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series by Prof. Dr. Nordin Yahaya
August 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pipelines are a critical link in the oil and gas supply chain and are the safest mode of transportation to bring petroleum products to market. Despite this safety record, there have been multiple, high-profile safety incidents over the years resulting in product releases and, in some cases, loss of life. These incidents have led to an increased regulatory focus from governments and a heightened concern among the public about pipeline integrity and the environmental impacts of pipeline transportation. Most pipeline operators have integrity management programmes in place – and indeed many governments require it – but the degree of effectiveness of the programmes varies widely from operator to operator. The effectiveness of a pipeline integrity management programme depends on many factors: integrating data, identifying threats, modelling risks, and then taking the best actions to mitigate issues. These critical activities ensure companies execute such programmes and reduce systemic risk successfully. Many operators still struggle to achieve an integrated approach using modern measurement technologies and digital management systems, which leads to a labour-intensive, slow and untargeted approach to mitigation and maintenance activities. As the oil and gas market in general begins a digital transformation journey, new technologies and solutions are available to help pipeline operators achieve a better and more efficient integrity management programme. Hence, in the not too distant future, pipeline integrity will come together with real-time measurement technologies and other digital solutions, creating a true digital twin of the pipeline. These advancements will allow integrated, real-time decision making which will significantly enhance the long-term reliability of the facilities.