GE, Accenture release intelligent pipeline solutions

Re-Posted from The Bakken Magazine
By Ann Bailey | January 06, 2016

GE Accenture Blog Post PicGeneral Electric and Accenture have announced that Columbia Pipeline Group is using its Intelligent Pipeline Solution, a software that assists pipeline operators in making informed decisions about pipeline safety and integrity.

Columbia Pipeline Group now has a real-time view of more than 15,000 miles of interstate pipelines. The ability to monitor pipeline threats with pipeline solution software improves the risk management and produces situational awareness, according to GE.

Columbia Pipeline Group is located within the Marcellus and Utica shale areas of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York and operates 15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipelines.

The United States has more than 190,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipelines and 2.4 million miles of natural gas pipelines, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Meanwhile, the Dakota Access, a proposed pipeline would cross 1,134 miles in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois and the Sacagawea Pipeline Company is developing a 76-mile pipeline to deliver crude oil from areas south of the river in McKenzie and Dunn Counties in North Dakota to areas north of Lake Sacagawea.

The global pipeline industry spends more than $40 billion annually to expand and maintain its access network, said Peggy Kostial, senior managing director for Accenture’s North American resources operating group. Sixty percent of the pipelines were installed before 1970 so safety increasingly is a driving factor for operators such as CPG to achieve real time and remote monitoring of their thousands of miles of pipeline, Kostial said.

Intelligent Pipeline Solution is designed to help pipeline operators to rank where resources are best applied so they can reduce the potential for unforeseen events. The software provides an integrated geospatial view of Columbia Pipeline Group’s assets aligned with critical factors related to pipeline integrity, Shawn Patterson, Columbia Pipeline Group CEO said.

The solution integrates data from several sources, including geographic information systems, work management systems and control systems. It also integrates external sources such as the National Aeronautics and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Geological Survey. Intelligent Pipeline Solution also integrates data such as pipeline attributes, risk scores and precipitation and fault lines. Users can use a set of filters and layers to examine data in different ways to quickly locate areas of interest.

Intelligent Pipeline Solution answers the call from transportation pipeline customers to address increased compliance regulations, safety concerns and maintenance and integrity management of their pipelines’ networks, said Brian Palmer, GE Measurement and Control president and CEO.

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