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CPG installs “Intelligent Pipeline Solution”

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GE and Accenture have announced that Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) is the first company to deploy the Intelligent Pipeline Solution, a software solution that helps pipeline operators make informed decisions around pipeline safety. The Intelligent Pipeline Solution, from GE and Accenture, is designed to enable pipeline operators to prioritise where resources are best applied in order to help reduce the potential for unforeseen events.

Upon installation, Columbia Pipeline Group now has an enterprise-wide, near real-time view of their more than 15 000 miles of interstate pipelines, allowing them to:

  • Monitor pipeline threats.
  • Improve risk management.
  • Provide situational awareness.

“We are pleased to see data integration begin to come together for improved integrity management,” said Shawn Patterson, Chief Operating Officer, Columbia Pipeline Group. “The Intelligent Pipeline Solution provides an integrated, geospatial view of our pipeline assets aligned with critical factors related to pipeline integrity. We look forward to the functionality that future releases of IPS will bring to our organisation.”

The solution integrates data from multiple sources including geographic information systems (GIS), work management system, control center, and one-call system, as well as external sources such as NOAA and USGS. The solution also integrates data such as pipeline attributes, risk scores, inline inspection findings, planned assessments, HCA locations, leak history, one-call tickets, emergency valve location, precipitation and fault lines. A set of filters and layers enables users to examine data in different ways to quickly locate areas of interest and evaluate threats.

“Intelligent Pipeline Solution is the answer to the critical call from our transportation pipeline customers to address increased compliance regulations, safety concerns, maintenance and integrity management of their pipeline networks.” said Brian Palmer, President and CEO, GE Measurement & Control. “The advent of the Industrial Internet means we are collecting more data than ever before, and GE is uniquely positioned to make that data work for its customers. We’ve taken the first steps in delivering what will be a comprehensive software solution that helps operators make more-informed decisions.”

“The global pipeline industry spends US$40 billion a year to expand and maintain its network of assets. Given 60% of all US pipelines were installed before 1970, safety is increasingly a driving factor for operators such as CPG to achieve real-time and remote monitoring of their thousands of miles of pipeline,” said Peggy Kostial, Senior Managing Director for Accenture’s North America resources operating group. “We are excited about applying our industry knowledge, including our understanding of the challenges of pipeline operators, to develop a global standard solution that will deliver value across the industry.”

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