MAOP Verification Made Easy

We work with consulting companies and operators directly. Gas consulting companies often need extra labor for document services surrounding their MAOP projects, we can provide support in any area within North America.

Focus on your core instead of worrying about regulations. Let us set up your MAOP and Emergency Shutdown Procedures to run digitally. Heres how it works:

1. Your records remain at your division offices. In case of emergency, your physical papers remain ready for access.

2. We come to your location, sub-station or office and your records are scanned by our highly professional scanning teams.

3. Your files are organized by division office. Indexing can be performed according to your specs.

4. Images are uploaded to your SAP or Document Management System and become available to your engineers or consultants across your entire organization. Images can also be uploaded to our secure IOD- Image On Demand hosting network.

5. We can issue recommendations for updating your system when an engineer makes a new drawing or a new shutoff valve is built. Or we can come back to do periodic updates at intervals of your choice.

Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP)

Definition from 49CFR192: “Maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) means the maximum pressure at which a pipeline or segment of a pipeline may be operated under this part.”

49 CFR192: Traceable, Verifiable and Complete

Record Verification is the most affordable option to Verify MAOP. Digital records maximize productivity with minimize wasted expenses. Don’t wait on regulatory mandates-make a plan and take steps. Focus on what you can control and take action!

 

Traceable?

Traceable records are those which can be clearly linked to original information about a pipeline segment or facility.

    • Traceable records might include: Pipe mill records, purchase requisition, or asbuilt documentation indicating minimum pipe yield strength, seam type, wall thickness and diameter.

Verifiable?

Verifiable records are those in which information is confirmed by other complementary, but separate, documentation.

    • Verifiable records might include: Contract specifications for a pressure test of a line segment complemented by pressure charts, field logs, or a purchase order to a pipe mill with pipe specifications verified by a metallurgical test of a coupon pulled from the same pipe segment.

Complete?

Complete records are those in which the record is finalized as evidenced by a signature, date or other appropriate marking.

    • For example: a complete pressure testing record should identify a specific segment of pipe, who conducted the test, the duration of the test, the test medium, temperatures, accurate pressure readings, and elevation information as applicable.
    • A record that cannot be specifically linked to an individual pipe segment is not a complete record for that segment.

Many Pipeline Operators are changing the way they view their Information

Gas pipeline operators are taking a number of actions to enhance the integrity of their pipeline system, including validating MAOP based on a comprehensive review of existing records. Some operators have millions of  paper documents going back more than 50 years to validate MAOP of all pipelines in Class 3 and Class 4 locations and Class 1 and Class 2 High Consequence Areas (HCAs).

Operators are modernizing their data management systems and procedures to ensure data is comprehensive, accessible and traceable. Companies that do have improved systems will include data about assets, tools and materials, and information such as test records, replacement logs, maintenance logs and job histories. The information will be organized and integrated to allow for cross-organization access and visibility, and will contain all pipeline strength tests and pipeline features data necessary to calculate MAOP of pipelines and all associated components.

Advanced Resolutions handles MAOP Records Daily

Advanced Resolutions has been a partner through one of the largest gas operator digital record creation projects in history. An MAOP digitizing project consists of imaging certain records to create a digital records system for an operators transmission system. Some of the work may include digitizing historical pipeline construction documentation from the 1950s to create a searchable database of their records. Operators can choose to scan with OCR technology to search for information so much faster. Creating a digital distribution system is another common imaging project.

Our Technicians are Experts with Fragile Engineering Documents

Our team works with MAOP records, Pipeline upgrade documentation, In-line pigging tests, Pipeline X-Rays, Emergency Zone Shutdown Procedures, Maps, Schematics, etc everyday. We know how to correctly handle older documents to keep their integrity. There is nothing more important than your companies infrastructure. A digital record can move through an inspection so much faster than a physical document. How else can you look after something if you don’t know what you have?

Record Keeping is Important

Record Keeping is one of the most important safety measures that was an issue during the San Bruno Pipeline Explosion in 2010. Enhancing Record Keeping is often an outsourced activity.

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Pipeline Safety and Disposal of Historical Pipeline Files

Better safety measures enhance public safety. Efforts undertaken to verify pipeline information will help improve a company’s knowledge of its gas assets. Even minor errors in data quality can have a profound impact upon safety. Regulators like to see a plan of what you will do even if there are gaps in what you have.

Disposal of historical pipeline files could be a big mistake. The inability to locate safety critical pipeline information could lead to:

• Poor decision making based upon incomplete information leading to costly and potentially fatal mistakes;
• Poor management of safety critical assets;
• Failure of its integrity management program;
• Inaccurate databases, poor data quality and missing pipeline attributes;
• Failure to comply with legal and business requirements;
• Inefficient and ineffective information retrieval and time consuming searches;
• Failure in its duty of care to maintain and retain records throughout their life-cycle; and,
• Legal and fiscal penalties