2009 Presentation

The Role of GIS in an Effective Integrity Management Program

Regulations in the pipeline industry are becoming more demanding and raising standards for the safe operation of pipelines and protecting the environment. The first step in an effective Integrity Management Program (IMP) implementation is to identify the pipelines that are in the scope of the plan considering factors such as operations, regulatory changes, and high consequence areas (HCA). It is critical to understand the impact of variations in these factors on business needs such as line reversals and lease connections and on the scope of the IMP.

The presentation will discuss the Sunoco Logistics approach and findings on the following topics:

  • Role of GIS and data integration
  • Current IMP processes
  • Challenges involved in identifying regulated segments
  • Significance of HCA analysis and updates

Speaker Biography

Somnath has 2 + years experience in the Liquid Pipeline Integrity Management field. He is involved in Inline inspection project management (scheduling ILI/digging, managing contractors), ILI data analysis, engineering calculations, corrosion assessment, and field repair recommendations. He is also responsible for pipeline/facility risk analysis, data gathering, HCA segment identification analysis/ updates and preventive and mitigative measures in accordance with the 49CFR195 regulations. Somnath received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Kakatiya University, India in 2005 and his Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M in 2007.

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Somnath Yedlapally
Integrity/Risk Engineer
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.

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