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Author Q&A: Pipeline Leak Detection Handbook
We sit down with the authors of recently published Pipeline Leak Detection Handbook to talk about writing their book and the problems faced by today’s engineers.
- Why would readers want to read your book?
The book’s target audience spans the range from individuals who have minimal knowledge and background in pipeline leak detection to those with advanced skill and knowledge levels. Therefore, on a general level, the reader would read this book to enhance their knowledge on the subject. For the reader with minimal background and experience this means that they would read the book to understand the basics of leak detection and begin to build a knowledge base on how to implement this on a general level. For advance users they would read the book to understand the fine differences in types of leak detection technologies, how and where each is better suited, and advance modeling approaches.
- What subject areas and industries does this book directly relate to?
The subject area is pipeline leak detection. While the book is oriented around the international oil and gas industry many of the chapters and approaches are applicable to any form of liquid pipeline transportation such as municipal water/waste water facilities and mining operations which use slurry transportation.
- What are the biggest pain points in the industry?
The industry suffers many pain points on this topic. First and foremost there wasn’t a single source where industry personnel could obtain unbiased information on the overall topic. The primary sources of information is vendors supplied information such as technical papers, conference presentations, and reference information.
Another pain point is oil and gas regulatory landscape differences. Depending on the type of liquid being moved and from where the liquid is inserted and then removed the regulatory requirements are highly variable, such as none exist to very stringent requirements. This landscape generates a state of complexity where the industry must be cautious as to what they will implement or not.
There is also a pain point in that there are no industry or government recognized standards of performance or standards on how to conduct performance testing. Generally the industry relies on the vendors claims of capability. Without accepted testing standards the industry is left with few options of testing verification to ensure the vendor delivered system actually meets the required performance levels.
- What problems/challenges does this book address and what problem does it solve for your readers?
The primary problem/challenge this book addresses is to provide a single, concise, and comprehensive knowledge source on the topic. One can find the answers to most questions in one location rather than try to find reliable data and information from a variety of sources. The book also addresses the need of having an unbiased, vendor neutral information set which highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the various technologies.
- What topics and subjects does this book uniquely address and what value does it add to the industry?
The book is all about the liquid transportation industry leak detection technologies, regulatory requirements, and risks. It adds value to the industry by filling the previously existing lack of a single, concise, and vendor- neutral source of knowledge.
- Why did you choose Elsevier to publish this work?
In our view Elsevier is the highest standard for technical books of this nature. Your expertise and capabilities along the engineering domain far and above exceeds the other publishers’ capabilities.
- Informs oil and gas pipeline professionals on the basics of leak detection technologies, the required field instrumentation, telecommunication infrastructures, human factors, and risk mitigation considerations
- Leads the reader through the complex process of understanding the pipeline’s unique environment and how to develop a leak detection program
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