Pipers®; An Inline Screening Tool for Small Diameter Pipelines

  • 2019 Technical Conference Program
  • May 29, 2019
  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am

WBPC 2019 Abstract #30

Ingu Solutions’ Pipers® technology provides oil and gas companies with immediate and affordable access to pipeline assets even in the most challenging conditions. This revolutionary technology uses miniaturized inline sensors to detect leaks, geometric defects, magnetic features and deposits that threaten pipeline performance and safety with zero-downtime. Pipers® eliminate complex deployments, reduce inspection costs, and strengthen preventive maintenance.

The small free-floating nature of the Pipers® allows for deployment during regular operations in any liquid pipeline and they are able to navigate complex line geometries such as sharp bends, diameter changes and risers, even at low flow rates. The ease of deployment allows for frequent inspection ensuring early detection of changes in pipeline conditions such as deposit formation or metal loss and facilitates the timely detection and localization of leaks or similar hazardous conditions.

This presentation will give an overview of the Pipers® capabilities with a focus on deployment in small diameter and unpiggable pipelines. Launching and receiving methods used for these golf ball-sized sensors will be shown as well as data gathered on metallic as well as non-metallic operational pipelines such as direct measurements of pressure and elevation in a line and passive magnetic measurements. Data collected from the Pipers allows operators to understand the condition of their pipeline and to optimize their operational and maintenance efforts to ensure safe and reliable operation of their pipelines.