In a project to provide the industry with a standardized approach for capturing pipe, appurtenance, welding and coating data, GTI is helping to develop standards, guidelines, and technology for tracking and traceability of distribution and transmission piping systems.
GTI is making continued progress in developing a multi-pronged, programmatic approach to bring tracking and traceability solutions to high-pressure pipe systems. The objective is to develop a consistent methodology and implementation protocols that will allow natural gas system operators to more effectively manage operations data and improve the decision-making process. The effort includes work with industry manufacturers, distributors, utilities, and regulatory authorities in the development of a consensus marking standard.
A set of guidelines for implementing a quality standard for managing and documenting data will also be created. A comprehensive Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) architecture will map out the protocols and work processes to ensure easy integration with any existing software or business process. Technologies such as barcode scanning are being leveraged to automate data entry and reduce data entry backlogs.
GTI’s efforts with asset lifecycle tracking technology to capture of accurate, high-quality data began with distribution assets, providing a comprehensive solution to support asset tracking and traceability of piping and appurtenances of gas distribution systems.
Researchers adapted commercially available smart phones and tablets to automate field data collection using GPS and GIS systems. GTI, with OTD funding, created asset lifecycle tracking technology to assist the industry with ASTM F2897-11a barcodes—a unique identifier for piping and appurtenances of gas distribution systems— for comprehensive tracking and traceability of components from manufacturing through retirement. It has been used to capture new asset installation information, relocate assets, and prevent excavation damage.
GTI also provided tooling and practices for the industry to use in implementation. A Purchasing Specification Guidelines for Marking Polyethylene Gas System Components developed in cooperation with AGA provides language that natural gas utility companies can use in purchasing specifications to require vendor compliance with ASTM F2897-11a to mark pipe and fittings for asset tracking and traceability.
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