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How Would You Simplify Pipeline Alarm Management?

 

Now that we have been at PHMSA / CRM and Pipeline Alarm Management for a bit over 5 years, we think we are learning a few things. First, it would seem to me that most of the current alarm management software tools on the market were originally developed for plant / process alarm management. Second, pipeline operations are materially different that plant / process operations. Plant operations would be more complex and do no lend themselves to a component approach. What I mean by this is that in pipeline operations, I often have many of the same type of facilities, i.e., compressor stations, meter stations, main line valve stations, etc. And the alarm for these stations would be very similar.

Do you agree with the assertion above?  How would you approach simplifying pipeline alarm management?