GE has unveiled a software program for calculating the maximum allowable operating pressure for a line/loop of steel pipeline for natural gas. Called Smallworld Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP) Calculator, the software also integrates with a pipeline company’s geospatial information systems (GIS).
The calculator enables companies to determine the MAOP for a line/loop in accordance with U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR 192, as well as with Piple and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) guidelines.
“The calculator can sit on top of and plug into any Smallworld Core GIS, Smallword Global Transmission Office, or non-GE GIS databases,” Bryan Friehauf, product line leader for software solutions at GE Digital Energy, noted.
The calculator is customizable and performs analysis, tracking, and reporting and employs a database for companies to store and keep track of pipeline MAOP data and access it quickly for review. When MAOP data for a pipe cannot be located, the calculator can choose “the worst-case scenario” to determine its maximum pressure limit.
In addition, the tool provides companies with the capability to compare assessment configurations and results (running “what-if” scenarios), track origin of line data, and audit proof tracking of changes to data. The calculator also enables users versioning of their data, which records snapshots of the pipe design over a specified time frame.
The program’s straight-out-of-the-box reporting capabilities include band view diagrams, maps, or input data tables.
Potential users can e-mail GE at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a live demo.