Archive for July, 2015

Wi-Fi sensors could streamline construction safety and production

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

In construction sites, where safety is of primary concern, wireless network (Wi-Fi) technology may soon be used to avoid hazards and save lives. This technology is currently being deployed in refineries and chemical plants where keeping track of the contractors that come in and ensuring that they stay within authorized zones can be hard to manage. Creating a Wi-Fi environment at the location with the use of ID tags, body-worn sensors and sensor stations allow for monitoring of air quality, movement, location and temperature. More sophisticated sensors can also be used to check personnel heart rates or body conditions, or monitor equipment and infrastructure for possible breakdowns. The analytics and queries that could be run using the data compiled by these sensors can not only predict possible common failures but also anticipate disruptive issues that may arise and allow for preventive maintenance to be undertaken. This could prevent or greatly reduce any downtime in the operation and provide lead time in ordering parts. Read the full article here…

Larissa Stendie: Learning the wrong pipeline lessons

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Over the last 20 years, an average of 250 pipeline incidents have been recorded in the U.S. and Canada. With each incident, we hear basically the same well-crafted PR line from the CEOs and Representatives of oil companies: We will learn from this incident and grow as an industry, and our fail-safe procedures will be foolproof next time. This was the message of BP CEO Tony Hayward in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Enbridge said the same thing 5 years ago after a spill of 27,000 barrels of tar sands oil near Michigan’s Kalamazoo River was only discovered after 18 hours. Western States Petroleum Association sang the same tune after the recent spill on California’s Santa Barbara coast. And last week, Nexen joined the big oil company chorus after their pipeline leaked for two weeks spilling 31,000 barrels of tar sands oil near Long Lake. It’s becoming apparent to everyone that their fail-safe plans are not so fail-safe after all. If there is anything to be learned it’s that piping tar sands oil over wild areas and near human settlements just doesn’t work. And allowing the Kinder Morgan and Enbridge pipelines to be built will only prove that B.C. hasn’t learned anything from these tragedies at all. To read the full article, click here…

Agricultural Lands & The Building Of The Constitution Pipeline

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The 124 mile Constitution Pipeline, being construction from Northern Pennsylvania to major northeastern markets, will cross farmers and landowners properties and many people will be effected – what can these people expect from the experience? First off, any expenses are paid for by the Constitution Pipeline project and landowners are encouraged to participate from start to finish, with the first opportunity being with the survey – landowners know the property that will be effected and can often offer helpful insight. Other considerations will be right-of-way agreements where the landowner will give a permanent easement in exchange for financial compensation, relocating and restoration of drainage and irrigation systems, topsoil preservation, and complete restoration of the land.

The goal is to make this beneficial for the landowner and so careful consideration is given to each landowner and farmers situation with site plan adjustments being made to accommodate these needs. Environmental inspectors will ensure that the restoration of topsoil is to it’s original condition, and they will also inspect the first and second growing seasons crops confirming that these crops yields are similar to the farmers undisturbed crops and land. To read more about how agricultural lands are effected by pipeline construction, and to understand how landowners are compensated, you can click here…

Introduction To The Constitution Pipeline

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The Constitution Pipeline is a major transmission pipeline project scheduled to begin construction in 2015 and will connect Appalachian natural gas supplies in northern Pennsylvania with major northeastern markets. Estimated completion time for this project is for the winter of 2015 or 2016 and it is anticipated that a total of 1,300 jobs will be created with 25 percent of the workforce hired locally.

It is interesting to learn how a pipeline is actually constructed – the workings go much like an assembly line with the project being broken down into spreads. Each spread is worked on by specialized teams each with a specific task, and when their work is complete, they move onto the next spread; following one group and spread after another until the job is complete. The tasks involved range from early stages such as pre-construction survey and clearing and grading, to final tasks such as pipe stringing and pipe welding and coating. Engineers have worked diligently to design the Constitution Pipeline in such a way to minimize residential and agricultural lands impact. The restoration of the lands that will be effected will done in a manner to ensure as close to original condition as possible. To read more about the Constitution Pipeline; the planning and effects of the pipeline on surrounding environments as well as economical factors, you can click here…

How To Properly Train CCTV Operators

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Your equipment is only as good as the person operating it, and so when it comes to your CCTV inspection program, your CCTV operator can make or break your inspection program depending on how well they are trained to use the equipment. The first step to take in ensuring a competent CCTV operator is during the hiring process, and that is where you will see to it that the candidate has the innate skills, the learned skills, and the attitude to make it as a successful CCTV operator.

When you have made your decision regarding the candidate you will hire, don’t make the common mistake of putting them in positions of high responsibility too soon – patience is key here and it is more ideal to put your new CCTV operator in a position of support for six months to a year to guarantee adequate training for your operator. To read more about how you can have a highly trained CCTV operator in your organization, you can click here…

PHSMA Facts: Pipeline Inspections

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Department (PHMSA) takes public safety and the trust the public has in this administration very seriously. With over 2.6 million miles of pipeline across the USA, operator compliance with the minimal safety standards of the PHMSA is mandatory for the prevention of pipeline accidents and fatalities. When PHMSA inspectors inspect a pipeline for these standards there is a three part process for both federal and state inspectors that include plant and construction inspections, on site inspections, and records inspections.

Pipeline safety regulations came about in the early 1970’s and have since been revised to reflect the current industry and the challenges it faces in regards to public safety. To read more about pipeline inspections and the PHMSA you can click here…

John Deere: Born In Vermont, Raised In America

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

John Deere is an American household word that began in 1837 when John Deere set up shop in Grand Detour offering his customers small tools which he manufactured himself. Deere & Company originally started selling pitchforks and shovels, but what secured the company for years to come was the self-scouring steel plow that made the Midwestern farmers job so much easier over the iron or wooden plows being used at the time. Today Deere & Company employees over 62,000 worldwide.

John Deere was not only a pioneer when it came to farm equipment, but he also was a pioneer when it came to business ideas. In the early 20th century it was normal for customers to order the equipment, wait for it to be manufactured, and then the product would be delivered. Deere saw this as slow and created a more viable business model where the product was manufactured first and then the customer made their purchase. This allowed business to be conducted quickly and the customer could see what they were buying ahead of time. To read more about the interesting and rich history of this American icon, you can click here…

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New Regulations To Improve Safety In Construction Industry

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

In Singapore, all large construction projects with contract values of $10 million and over will now have to adhere to new the Design for Safety regulations that take effect in the near future. Singapore Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, told an audience of 300 at a conference about the new changes taking effect, and encouraged the company representatives that leaders in the industry need to set the tone for safety and provide workers a safe work environment.

In 2012, of all construction deaths, 44% or 11 lives could have been saved if Design for Safety had been in effect. The program is designed after a British program that had been in effect for the 2012 London Olympics, and Mr. Lim says that by 2018 one thousand industry professional will be trained in the Design for Safety program. To read more details about this program, and the changes that will be implemented, you can click here…

Radiodetection launches the RD7000(tm) and RD8000(tm) Pipe and Cable Locators

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Remaining consistent with their reputation as the world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of underground pipe and cable locators, Radiodetection has two more products to add to it’s arsenal of quality products. The RD7000 and RD8000 are lightweight and energy efficient pipe and cable locators that are ergonomically designed and the result of thirty years of product development.

Features include a backlit LCD screen for any lighting conditions, an intuitive and responsive interface for user ease, and new software and algorithms ensures the end user of responsiveness and effectiveness in the field. To read more about these two new powerful tools from Radiodetection, you can click here…

Construction Expected to Grow According to FMI’s Q2 Construction Outlook

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

The growth in the first quarter of 2015 that the construction industry has been experiencing is going to continue into the second quarter says a report by investment bankers at FMI Corp. The outlook for the second quarter is a growth of 5 percent, and while that is still lower then anticipated last quarter, it is the highest total for construction since 2008. The report covered 17 construction sectors across residential, non-residential and non-building groups.

The strongest growth predicted is in the manufacturing sector which seems to be fueled by the increase in construction activity that began last year, and the least growth is expected in the power sector with many variables in play from changing fuel supplies and alternative energy sources. To read the complete breakdown of the 17 sectors, and to read how each one will be effected in the second quarter, you can click here…