GE Unveils Integrity Management System for Pipeline Operators

GE Oil & Gas’ PII Pipeline Solutions is introducing Integrity Management System (IMS), a first-of-its-kind pipeline integrity management software system to help pipeline operators more effectively manage the integrity of their pipelines.

GE is launching IMS as part of PipeView™ Integrity, its rapidly expanding portfolio of integrated pipeline integrity management and engineering solutions and services to help the oil and gas industry comply with increasingly stringent integrity reporting and maintenance regulations.

By using IMS, operators can manage all aspects of their pipeline integrity process, from setting integrity goals to assessing pipeline conditions and risks to planning and tracking mitigation, assessment and maintenance activities.

Encompassing both data analysis and practical integrity management, IMS includes modules that can assess a pipeline’s condition, determine risks, and evaluate, create and manage integrity plans. This includes determining appropriate mitigation activities and assigning mitigation and maintenance activities to the appropriate personnel, complete with notification and approval mechanisms.

User-definable dashboards enable viewing of the current and historic risk profiles, key performance indicators and the status of integrity plan activities.

The system also offers the required functionality to support the operator during internal and regulatory audits, including the ability to link procedural instructions and document the completion of activities.

“The PVi Integrity Management Suite is the pipeline industry’s first software solution that truly integrates integrity management and integrity engineering into a single, seamless environment,” said John Bucci, general manager for PII Pipeline Solutions, GE Oil & Gas.

“It offers all the enhanced support tools needed to drive asset availability and empower the operator’s staff to dramatically improve the way they manage their pipeline assets.”

IMS can be tailored and adapted to an operator’s existing integrity management process, giving the operator the ability to manage pipeline integrity as an integral part of its enterprise-level systems, including work management, financial and document-management systems.

As the latest generation of GE’s PipeView Integrity software suite, IMS builds on GE’s expertise in the pipeline integrity and data management arenas by delivering a solution specifically built to support the entire pipeline integrity management process, including completely redesigned Risk Assessment and Integrity Planning modules as well as a new Web-based Activity Manager module.