Our ongoing series of Bright Lines papers delivers valuable insight on topics that matter to our clients.
Was there ever a time when news headlines were not dominated by the subject of pipelines? The major concern the public has with pipelines is the potential for leaks and/or ruptures to occur, yet with emerging technologies, such as fiber optic sensing systems, leak detection capabilities have never been better.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals that have been utilized in industry and manufacturing since the 1940s, have been identified in the environment, and can potentially bio accumulate in human beings and wildlife. The challenge in addressing PFAS in the environment is that there are thousands of PFAS chemicals with varying fate and transport characteristics. They are persistent in the environment, and vary in their response to particular treatment technologies.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “an ‘emerging contaminant’ is a chemical or material that is characterized by a perceived, potential, or real threat to human health or the environment or by a lack of published health standards. A contaminant may also be ‘emerging’ because a new source or a new pathway to humans has been discovered or a new detection method or treatment technology has been developed (DoD 2011).”1
One of the many ways that climate change will impact the economy is by causing disruptions to America’s rapidly aging transportation systems. To plan and respond appropriately to challenges associated with climate change, transportation agencies must know what they can expect.
The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) has moved forward on improving and expanding the Integrity Management Program (IMP) for gas pipelines, first established in 2002 as 49 CFR Part 192 Subpart O.
If we need to implement resiliency against and after major disasters, we must prepare ourselves and be ready to mitigate risks and safeguard within reasonable probabilities our institutions and communities. It is our responsibility as engineers to be active participants in this endeavor to protect our society.
As those who work closely with pipeline development and operations, we must be ever vigilant in ensuring safe and compliant pipelines. The cost of not doing so can be tragic to the health and safety of the public. But the solution is not easy.
An efficient asset management program represents a proven methodology for water utilities to maximize ratepayers’ return on investment (ROI), extend asset life, and reduce life-cycle costs.
Successful management of water storage facilities helps maintain levels of service in the most cost-effective manner.