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Today’s inline inspection (ILI) technologies provide reliable solutions for inspecting pipelines once deemed unpiggable or difficult to inspect. Yet the tools are only one part of the solution. The fact remains that “unpiggable” pipeline challenges do not affect just the ILI tools – planning and managing the overall inspection project, and the complex variables involved, are critically important in delivering expectations in these challenging environments.

A hundred years encompasses a lot of history; if you’re talking about the energy industry and pipeline infrastructure, then you’re really including almost the entire history of the business.

For Johann Stupp and five succeeding generations of the Stupp family, America has certainly been a land of opportunity. Still, it’s unlikely that 157 years ago, Johann could ever have imagined that a company bearing his name would be known worldwide as an industrial leader providing essential materials for the construction of pipelines, bridges, sports facilities and even high-rise buildings.

Oil and gas companies are tasked with maintaining, securing and ensuring that hundreds of miles of pipeline deliver energy to residents and businesses throughout the country every day. This is a job made even more daunting considering the shortage of resources within the industry and budgets requiring managers to stretch every dollar.

The work of a forensic engineer can be exciting, challenging and rewarding; however, behind the glamorous veneer, it is high pressure, hard work, frequently requiring its practitioner to draw unpopular conclusions.

Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Co. (SPLCC), started in 1903, is the oldest pipeline construction company in the U.S. and is celebrating 110 years in business in 2013. The Tulsa, OK-based company has designed a new logo to commemorate the anniversary and will be creating collector items and memorabilia to celebrate their success.

At NACE International’s CORROSION 2013 annual conference in Orlando, FL, Pipeline & Gas Journal asked a selection of attendees for their perspectives on what brought them to the meeting, the leading issues in corrosion management, and where their companies and the industry as a whole seem headed.

While the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) may have first logged shale gas development and production as far back as the mid-1990s, it has only been in recent years that shale plays have become universally recognized as a game-changer for the energy industry.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has released an updated oil and gas resource assessment for the Bakken Formation and a new assessment for the Three Forks Formation in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, showing the formations contain an estimated mean of 7.4 Bbbl of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil.

You call your own fouls in pickup basketball. And if a big disagreement flares up over a call, the issue gets settled by declaring a ‘do-over’ -- you pretend the play never happened and reset the ball and score. I couldn’t help but think that in the wake of TransCanada’s recently announced delay of its Keystone XL pipeline project, the company might be wishing it could call a ‘do-over.’

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