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As the go-to engineering partner for pipeline operators in the Midwest, HT Engineering is committed to sharing our latest thinking about innovations, regulatory changes, and other critical issues impacting the ways in which pipelines are designed, constructed, operated and maintained. Get access to our views and ideas here.
“There’s no way that pipeline segment requires 60 digs,” we thought as we reviewed an ILI tool vendor’s final report. Our team at HT Engineering had worked on that line over the course of multiple integrity cycles and were very familiar with it. We had a pretty good idea of what to expect from an Ultrasonic Crack Detection (UTCD) tool on this pipeline, but this wasn’t it.Read the Article
Our world is facing a growing need to reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases. As a result, the pipeline sector is facing increasing regulatory and public pressure to reduce its impacts through unplanned or fugitive emissions. Some pipeline operators also feel regulatory pressure to manage emissions to maintain their air quality permits, which are based partly on the number and type of fittings in a facility.Read the Article
With increasing demand for natural gas and the success of shale play hydraulic fracturing in the last decade and a half, production in some areas of the United States has surged. Gathering lines have followed suit, with dramatic growth in both mileage and pipe diametersRead the Article
Industry events like the recent Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management (PPIM) conference in Houston are great places to identify trends and understand what the industry will be focusing on in the near future. HT Engineering sent a delegation to and hosted a trade show booth at PPIM 2022.Read the Article
Making mistakes can be embarrassing, but it’s how you respond to those mistakes that separates the ordinary from the excellent.Read the Article
As the northern climes head into winter, it’s a good time to think of how to design pipeline systems for reliable service in cold temperatures. Even if changing weather patterns send warmer temperatures our way at times, unusually cold snaps may also become part of the “new normal.”Read the Article
Due to high demand for energy during the coldest months, there is a good chance that emergencies will come up that you must respond to in order to keep the line running. Being good at winter work allows you to respond promptly to system and customer needs, provide reliable service, and meet regulatory deadlines.Read the Article
Not many people get excited about writing work procedures. However, if stewarded effectively, procedures can be more than a set of steps for working, they can be your secret weapon for making new staff productive quickly, retaining the wisdom of retiring employees, and keeping good employees engaged.Read the Article