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From Offshore to You: The Journey of Oil and Gas Pipelines with a Focus on Safety and Corrosion Prevention


"The story of oil and gas pipelines begins here, in the middle of the ocean, where massive offshore rigs extract the lifeblood of our modern world."

Once extracted, this oil is transported to refineries, where it is processed into the fuel that powers our cars, heats our homes, and fuels our industries."

"But getting this fuel to where it needs to go is no easy feat. That's where pipelines come in."

An Engineered, Integrated Approach to External Corrosion Management (IECM)

Pipeline systems are vital for transporting oil and gas, but they can be subject to corrosion. This can lead to leaks and other safety issues. To address this, many companies are turning to data analytics to help manage corrosion threats. 

The Integrated External Corrosion Management (IECM) approach uses extensive historical data and advanced analytical tools to identify potential problems and prevent them before they occur. This helps improve safety and reliability, as well as operating efficiency.

Protecting Pipeline and the Planet: The Economic and Environmental Benefits of IECM for the Oil and Gas Pipeline Industry


The oil and gas industry is crucial to our modern way of life, powering our homes, businesses, and transportation. But with great power comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to environmental protection and sustainability.

One of the biggest challenges the industry faces is external corrosion, which can cause leaks, spills, and damage to the environment. In fact, the annual cost of corrosion in the oil and gas industry is estimated to be over $29 billion in the United States alone.

Taking an Engineered, Integrated Approach to External Corrosion Management (Part 1)

By Ben DuBose on 08/15/2022 12:00 AM

In part 1 of the 2 part AMPP podcast, the development of the Integrated External Corrosion Management process is discussed along with its origins. Roles of some of the companies working on the project are identified, and early feedback based on published articles and presentations is discussed.

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Taking an Engineered, Integrated Approach to External Corrosion Management (Part 2)

By Ben DuBose on 12/09/2022 12:00 AM

In part 2 of the AMPP podcast, data governance is discussed along with other aspects of the IECM program.

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Geomagnetic Induced Currents (GIC)


Geomagnetic storms cause problems on Earth, from damaging the power grid to disruption of underground pipeline operations. But what exactly are these storms, and by what mechanism do they cause disruption?

A geomagnetic storm is a disturbance in Earth's magnetosphere that occurs when there is a sudden release of matter from the Sun. This release of matter called a coronal mass ejection (or CME), ejects millions of tons of charged particles into space, sometimes in the direction of the Earth.

These charged particles interact with Earth's magnetic field, distorting it. This distortion then induces electric currents in long electrical conductors on the surface, which we call geo-magnetically induced currents (GIC).