Kiefner & Associates Inc.

Risk Assessment in Pipeline Integrity Management

The Imperative of Understanding Pipeline Failures

To safeguard the environment, public, and assets, pipeline operators need a deep understanding of the root causes behind pipeline failures. Recognizing and mitigating these issues not only ensures longevity but also significantly reduces risks associated with pipeline operations. Comprehensive risk assessment is a foundational pillar of effective pipeline integrity management. While many software tools can aid in this task, specific situations demand the expertise of dedicated risk assessment specialists.

Kiefner’s Lab and Expertise in Failure Analysis

Our state-of-the-art lab facility is equipped to handle full-length pipe joints, diverse materials, and a wide range of components. Adhering to the established testing and examination protocols, our team conducts exhaustive evaluations, including material properties tests, microscopic analysis, and fractography. With specialists well-versed in all conceivable defects or conditions that might precipitate pipeline failures, we provide:

  • Prompt Reporting: Detailed reports on failure causes within 30 days of receiving necessary materials and authorization.
  • On-Site Investigations: In addition to lab assessments, our team is capable of field investigations.
  • Regulatory Collaboration: Providing assistance during investigations spearheaded by regulatory bodies like the National Transportation Safety Board and Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.
  • Quick Response: Recognizing the urgent nature of certain issues, we prioritize rapid response to client needs.

Leveraging our advanced equipment and expert personnel, Kiefner stands out in delivering top-notch failure analysis and welding consultation services.

Kiefner’s Risk Ranking Models

Collaborating with various stakeholders, Kiefner specialists have developed and refined relative risk ranking models. The NYGAS model, a result of such collaborative efforts, is available for purchase and implementation. Kiefner offers:

  • Specialized Probabilistic Assessments: Leveraging methodologies such as fault tree analysis and Monte Carlo simulations for nuanced situations.
  • Comprehensive Threat Analyses: Assessing vulnerabilities like external corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, pressure cycle-induced fatigue, seam weld corrosion, and other potential threats.
  • Holistic Evaluation: A thorough examination of
  • site conditions, land use, and operational nuances to gauge potential impacts on communities and the environment.

Empowering Pipeline Operators

Kiefner’s meticulous risk assessment services instill greater confidence in pipeline operators, enhancing their pipeline integrity management programs’ robustness and reliability.

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