Certifications: The Leaning Tree Incident

By W. Kent Muhlbauer, WKM Consulting, Austin, TX, USA   An operator recently experienced damage to their pipeline when a metal pipeline marker post was driven into the ground by a falling tree – the ‘leaning tree incident’. This is certainly not a common pipeline failure scenario. How much criticism against a risk assessment is warranted if this obscure event […]

Certification of Pipeline Risk Estimation Methodologies

How It Works This certification process tests a risk assessment methodology by having it produce risk estimates for three parallel pipelines for which risk-pertinent data is available.  A sketch and dataset details some relevant facts for each pipeline.  Many, but not all, common pipeline risk issues are illustrated or implied by the data provided. Someone […]