Integrity 2019

June 18 - 19, 2019

An online conference for Everybody in the Midstream Pipeline Industry

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The crack management framework - creating partnerships for safety

20 years ago the incidence of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and fatigue cracking was unusual, confined to some pipeline systems in North America and a very few others around the world. Today the picture is very different and with its global network of inspection services ROSEN Group is helping more and more pipeline operators face up to the challenge of managing pipelines with both SCC and fatigue cracking. Cracking is hard to deal with:

  • Only a few people in the industry are really familiar with these threats,
  • Critical crack dimensions can be very small,
  • Finding, positively identifying and sizing cracks can be extremely challenging as many other features may result in a very similar sensor response,
  • Methods for safely predicting failure pressure require significant expert knowledge due to the complex combination of material properties and loading and crack size.

Recognising these challenges and realising that the industry needed to do more to tackle this threat to ensure safe energy supplies for the future, ROSEN Group initiated the crack management framework, based on its experience working with multiple operators, as a means of facilitating collaborative approaches. The objective was to ensure that all parties, including the operator, service providers and regulator, have a clear understanding of what needs to be done, and who is doing it, when faced with cracking in pipelines.

This presentation will explore how, working with different pipeline operators, ROSEN Group have used the crack management framework approach to assist communication and understanding between operator and service provider, thereby collaboratively developing appropriate safe and effective management plans for both SCC and fatigue cracking threats.



Roland Palmer-Jones

Roland Palmer-Jones
Head of Group Business Line Integrity Solutions

Roland leads the pipeline integrity consultancy services provided by ROSEN world-wide. He has been involved in R&D and consultancy for the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry for more than 20 years. Having focused in the past on defect assessment and repair, his latest area of interest is how to leverage the data collected during many years of delivering inspection and integrity services to better understand the condition of pipelines and optimise integrity management.

About ROSEN Group

The ROSEN Group is a leading global provider of cutting-edge solutions for all areas of the integrity management process. Since its origins as a one-man business in 1981, ROSEN has grown rapidly and continues to do so. Today, the still privately owned business employs a team of more than 3000, operating in more than 120 countries.

The four key ROSEN areas of expertise include:

  • Inspection of critical industrial assets to provide the high-quality information needed to ensure reliable and effective operation
  • Customised engineering consultancy ensuring efficient asset integrity management
  • Production and supply of customised novel systems and products
  • Market-driven, topical, state-of-the-art R&D providing “added value” products and services

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Two-day International Online Conference: June 18 - 19, 2019

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