New ISA book explores the complex requirements for effective leak detection of petroleum pipelines and improved pipeline safety

  • February 28, 2017
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces it has published a new book that explores the complex requirements-in regulatory oversight, risk assessment, monitoring technology and methodology, operating reliability, and stakeholder cooperation-for effective leak detection of petroleum pipelines and improved pipeline safety.

"While petroleum pipelines have long been established as the most logical and efficient method of transporting petroleum, it's essential that they operate as reliably and safety as possible," emphasizes Edward Farmer, PE, the author of Detecting Leaks in Pipelines and the owner and president of a company that manufactures pipeline leak detection solutions. "Ensuring safe day-to-day operation, however, depends on achieving goals and assessing performance across a range of vital areas, including planning, risk management, preparation, monitoring and response."

Farmer says he wrote the book to bring clarity to "the role of petroleum in society; the process of making its production, transportation, processing and use as safe and clean as possible; the methods available to analyze and assess the effectiveness of risk-mitigation methods; and the selection and deployment of the technology and equipment required to monitor for safe and beneficial operation.

"In addition," he submits, "there is an opportunity for greater synergy among the spectrum of petroleum stakeholders: regulators, operators, equipment and support suppliers, and consumers. Hopefully, my treatment of this important subject will enhance utility, improve return-on-investment, and provide even greater safety."

To purchase a copy of Detecting Leaks in Pipelinesclick here.

For greater perspective on the value and significance of the new book as well a more detailed overview of its content, read the Q&A feature with author.