DNV GL connects pipeline expertise with real-time data

Three-dimensional wall thickness plot of corrodet pipe joint. Image: DNV GL

DNV GL is launching a Pipeline Evaluation Portal to make its models and tools easily available to customers through a web browser. Enabling the smart use of data, the portal will speed up and simplify pipeline operators’ decision-making, according to the Norway-based advisory services and certification company.

A DNV GL survey of 723 senior professionals worldwide showed that 61 per cent believe most pipeline failures could be avoided by investments in new technologies and 67 per cent say the oil and gas industry needs a new way of monitoring pipelines.

The Pipeline Evaluation Portal aims to address these issues, DNV GL said. It will increase the availability and ease-of-use of DNV GL models and expertise by combining advanced structural models and probabilistic assessments with subject matter expertise.

Through the DNV GL database (containing element analyses and a problem specific Bayesian network) the user will be able to perform "what if" analyses directly in the web browser - in real time - by adjusting the operational parameters, and get an immediate response. This will speed up, simplify and unlock decision-making.

The first application ready for testing in the portal demonstrates how a DNV GL model for pipeline lateral buckling can be provided in a way that allows user interactivity to support decision-making. Upcoming applications range from fatigue assessments to trawl tracking and from corrosion analytics to anchor hooking data management.

“The true power lies in the re-use and combination of results from several models to obtain quick case-specific answers - without the need for time-consuming customization," Kenneth Vareide, director of Business Enhancement in DNV GL, said in a statement. “Our models cover all threats and hazards and other operational aspects that must be managed to operate submarine pipelines in a safe manner. We have now developed a fully digital workflow and reporting format that helps our customers use DNV GL's knowledge and technology to perform 'what-if' analyses themselves.”