Integrity Management Services
DISCOVER WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE – Beyond simply a process, comprehensive integrity management programs must become ingrained at the heart of organizational culture. Lake Superior Consulting (LSC) approaches integrity management with vigor and determination – viewed as a welcome challenge rather than an insurmountable feat. LSC provides a lifelong look at your asset by inspecting, assessing and evaluating integrity threats in developing a comprehensive Integrity Management Plan (IMP). Our integrity management solutions protect, monitor, examine and test to assure pipelines or facilities will perform at peak levels–no matter the life-stage, or how large or complex the system. We are your technical partner to assist in operating your asset safely and in compliance with the ever-changing regulatory environment.
INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Our Integrity Management team works to provide timely, accurate, and relevant information about their assets to enable the best possible integrity management decisions. Our customized Integrity Management plans provide the peace of mind that assets are engineered and protected to a standard that ensures safety and exceeds regulatory requirements.
LSC conducts direct assessment projects using External Corrosion Direct Assessment (ECDA), Internal Corrosion Direct Assessment (ICDA), and Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment (SCCDA) methods. LSC’s Integrity Management team works closely with our Corrosion Control team to plan and execute the pre-assessment, indirect inspection, and post-assessment steps. Our Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Technicians execute the direct examination step. LSC’s engineers evaluate existing data, interpret results, and recommend appropriate actions through each step of each iteration in the ongoing ECDA process. Our approach balances long-term system integrity with cost-effectiveness.
LSC routinely performs direct examinations of clients’ excavated pipelines in the field, primarily through visual, magnetic particle, and ultrasonic testing (including shear wave and phased array techniques). In addition, our NDE technicians assess coating defects, perform basic coating inspection, collect samples for MIC testing and measure soil resistivity, pH, and pipe-to-soil potentials.
WRITTEN INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT
LSC’s Integrity Management team provides clients with a full range of services related to the Integrity Management Programs (IMP) required by 49 CFR Parts 192 and 195 from the review and revision of a client’s existing program to full development of a comprehensive written IMP for hazardous liquids, natural gas transmission or natural gas distribution.
PRESSURE TESTING PLANNING AND EXECUTION
LSC plans and executes pressure tests for several pipeline operators using both hydrostatic and pneumatic techniques. In addition to performing pressure tests as an integrity assessment method on existing pipeline systems, we perform pressure tests as part of commissioning for new mainline, station and facility piping.
REGULATORY INSPECTION FOR IMP, O&M, OQ, PUBLIC AWARENESS AND DAMAGE PREVENTION SERVICES
LSC reviews records and written programs in preparation for regulatory audits. We participate in inspections, aid in responses to inspection findings, and update written programs following an inspection. In addition to Integrity Management Programs, we provide this service for inspections related to operations and maintenance, operator qualification, public awareness, damage prevention, control room management, and drug and alcohol programs.
IN-LINE INSPECTION (ILI) PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
LSC’s Integrity Management team provides a wide range of In-Line Inspection (ILI) services tailored to each project. Whether anomaly evaluation at a dig site or full-scale project management of an ILI run, we do it all. Our services range from planning and execution of the run, raw data review, and dig selection to field examination and repair method evaluation.
- Complete Services for In-Line Inspection and Rehabilitation
- Development of Comprehensive Assessment Programs
- Development of ILI Procedures and Vendor Specifications
- Tool Vendor Selection
- ILI Run Planning
- Pig Tracking & Above Ground Marking (AGM) (coordinated with Operational Services)
- ILI Vendor Report Review/Quality Acceptance
- Raw ILI Data Review
- Dig Selection
- Remediation Project Management
- Dig Staking (coordinated with Pipeline Survey)
- Field Direct Examination of Anomalies
- Data Correlation, Run Validation & Unity Plot Development
CORROSION CONTROL SERVICES
LSC offers comprehensive corrosion control services based out of our Duluth and Minneapolis offices. Our Corrosion Control team of engineers and NACE-certified technicians are committed to accurate data collection, professional client representation, and proficient documentation and report generation. Our corrosion control experience includes applications for submerged metallic pipelines, above-ground and underground storage tanks, compressor and pump stations, lift stations, municipalities, and mining facilities.
Corrosion control is a vital management plan to sustain the integrity of the pipeline and/or structures. We understand that a successful corrosion program typically depends on a combination of control procedures including: proper materials selection for the application, coating, cathodic protection, stray current bonds, dielectric insulation, vigilant construction practices and corrosion inhibitors. Our Coatings and Cathodic Protection teams evaluate, develop, recommend and implement these methods.
By successfully implementing a corrosion control plan, we ensure clients can protect, maintain and monitor their equipment. We have deep expertise in the following:
- Installation and restoration-to-service planning
- Cathodic protection system maintenance
- Stray DC interference testing, mitigation, and bond inspection
- AC corrosion modeling and mitigation
- Annual test point survey
- Close-interval survey
- DCVG, ACVG, and current attenuation surveys
- Soil resistivity and terrain survey
- Pipeline depth-of-cover survey
- Ground bed design, installation, and inspection
- Protective coating solutions, inspection, and failure analysis
- Atmospheric corrosion inspection
- Exposed piping assessments
- Data efficacy review and acceptance
- Database implementation and management, including GIS formats
We understand coatings are the first line of defense against corrosion. Protective coating systems maintain the integrity of new structures while mitigating corrosion on existing facilities.
Our experienced inspectors, designers, managers and engineers offer a wide range of services to assess and manage our clients’ needs. Our NACE-certified coating Inspectors provide on-site inspections utilizing state-of-the-art technology, test equipment, and instrumentation.
We provide competitive, high-level service to ensure compliance with technical and organizational specifications. We implement corrosion control programs that will ensure the integrity of our clients’ assets.
- Atmospheric Coating Assessment
- Coating Application Procedures and Inspection Services
- Exposed Piping Coating Assessment
- Failure Analysis
- Field-Applied Coatings
- Quality Control Inspection
- Shop-Applied Coatings
- Specification Writing, Review and Interpretation
- Spray Applications
- Two-Part Epoxy Specialization
Our team provides integrity solutions to meet corrosion control needs. We develop a fundamental cathodic protection and prevention system to extend pipeline life. To ensure these systems operate as designed, we monitor and evaluate processes, provide design services, and support installation and commissioning to deliver comprehensive cathodic protection systems.
Our engineering resources include a strong cadre of cathodic protection system experts in design, maintenance, and remediation of a wide array of cathodic protection systems. Our technicians routinely perform Close-Interval Surveys (CIS), Direct Current Voltage Gradient (DCVG) surveys, Alternating Current Voltage Gradient (ACVG) surveys, annual test point surveys, bond inspections, AC/DC interference surveys and other related field work to meet and exceed industry requirements.
CATHODIC PROTECTION EXPERTISE
- Alternating Current Voltage Gradient Survey
- Cathodic Protection Engineering and Design
- Close Interval Survey
- Direct Current Voltage Gradient Survey
- Galvanic Cathodic Protection
- Impressed Current Cathodic Protection
- Installation and Monitoring Services
- New Construction Inspection
- Test Station Survey