An app developed in-house by the Pipelines Maintenance Centre (PMC) in Gas Transmission Asset Management (GTAM) has helped Gas Distribution improve the condition of its assets.
The app, which has been in use for over nine months, allowed Gas Distribution to complete an asset health survey project across more than 8,000 pressure control systems.
So far, the app has captured a wide range of data on over 3,000 assets. It equips the team of surveyors to collect robust asset condition data quickly on their iPads, upload any relevant photos and conduct a risk assessment at each site. The information is then available for Gas Distribution to download.
It took just two weeks for PMC to develop the app in-house and at a minimal cost.
Jo Thomas, Process Improvement Project Manager, GTAM, says: “PMC conducted itself with the utmost professionalism from the inception of the project through to delivery. Gas Distribution has been treated with the same respect afforded an external customer and the supplier interface has been made very easy for me, as Project Manager, and my Contract Management colleagues.
“The team has driven improvements in quality throughout the programme so far, challenging us as the customer where necessary to make sure the data collected is the best it can be. It has been a delight to work with them.”
Not stopping there, PMC has also revolutionised how Gas Transmission records line-walking data.
Until recently, technicians were recording defects and repair locations on Dictaphone. Now, PMC has developed an app that allows technicians to record information in a standardised format straight onto their mobile device, which then sends live updates to the engineers who are responsible for the pipelines.
Jason Bayliss, PMC Technician, GTAM, who coordinates the line-walking work, says: “Line-walking technicians now have the tools they need to be able to record accurate data and send notifications to engineers in real time. Both the technicians and engineers are able to work more efficiently than ever before.”