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Intelligent Control Room Management for Oil & Gas Pipeline Safety

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Intelligent Control Room Management for Oil & Gas Pipeline Safety Utilizing Electronic Standard Operating Procedures (eSOPs) to comply with regulatory mandates such as RIN 2137–AE28 Pipeline Safety, drive good business practices globally, and capture and proliferate expert knowledge and proven procedures Authored with S3 Development Corporation

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Intelligent Control Room Management for Oil & Gas Pipeline Safety Introduction Pipeline Safety Globally, we have more than 1,500,000 Km of oil and gas pipeline – with more than 600,000 Km in North America alone. These numbers are even higher with the addition of other hazardous gas and liquids transported through pipelines. Though efficient and critical, these pipelines carry high costs for individual safety incidents. Around the world, pipeline safety and security are immediate concerns, both for industry and government. Operations controllers and managers in oil and gas facilities are...

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Intelligent Control Room Management, based on a foundation of Electronic Standard Operating Procedures (eSOPs), can address the regulations, document the necessary actions for compliance validation, and further support global good business practices. Mandated Procedural Guidelines The PHMSA regulation includes the following categories: • Roles and Responsibilities This rule requires pipeline operators to have and follow written control room management procedures. The operators must define the roles and responsibilities of controllers in normal, abnormal, and emergency operating situations....

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Intelligent Control Room Management for Oil & Gas Pipeline Safety • Change Management Operators must consider the effects of future changes to the pipeline on control room operations. They must involve controllers, controller representatives, or their management in planning prior to implementing significant hydraulic or configuration changes that could affect control room operations. This participation must be accomplished with enough time prior to the implementation to allow adequate training, procedure development and review by the affected controllers. Operators must also assure good...

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the recommended practices for SCADA displays. There is a significant opportunity to seamlessly layer such a solution into any existing pipeline operations technology infrastructure. Meeting the Requirements Specifically related to the PHMSA rulings, an intelligent control room management solution aids in faster implementation and development. The solution addresses the mandates in the following ways: • Alarm Management Each operator using a SCADA system must have a written alarm management plan to provide for effective controller response to alarms. Operators must produce a written plan...

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Intelligent Control Room Management for Oil & Gas Pipeline Safety Using the properties in the ISA-95 standard, each piece of equipment can have set points associated with it. The controller supervisor can be notified during the log in process when a report needs to be run to verify these values. Additionally, the operator can monitor the content and volume of activity required of each controller, to make sure they have time to analyze and react to alarms. A task history report can be generated to show the number of tasks completed on each workstation and can include the length of time it...

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alertness. If the controller does not respond in a timely manner, the on-duty supervisor can receive notification. Shift lengths and frequency can be recorded by the sign-in process of the work process system, with a supervisor notification when a controller exceeds the maximum allowed hours. eSOPs can also have alerts for response time, so that operators can review the alerts to try to understand the effect of hours worked on a controller. • Change Management Each operator must assure that changes that could affect control room operations are coordinated with the control room personnel....

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Intelligent Control Room Management for Oil & Gas Pipeline Safety Conclusion Pipeline safety is a critical issue for both pipeline operators and the communities they serve. Government rulings establish guidelines for improving pipeline safety – and are good business practices globally. In addition to addressing the mandates, intelligent control room management can help pipeline operators overcome many challenges facing industry today, such as an aging workforce with experts retiring, lack of step-by-step Standard Operating Procedures that guide workers, alarm “noise” in the control room...

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