3D Corrosion scanning saves Fluxys up to 60%

October 30, 2015

3D Corrosion scanning saves Fluxys up to 60%

As part of its pipeline integrity management, Fluxys monitors corrosion on its gas transport pipelines. 3D scanning makes evaluating corrosion cases a lot more accurate, yielding lower repair costs.

Fluxys is the independent operator of both the natural gas transmission and storage infrastructure in Belgium. Its most important asset is its pipeline network. As part of its pipeline integrity management, Fluxys regularly checks for corrosion.

Quantification of this corrosion is not an easy task, since pipes are curved and corroded spots have complex shapes. Traditional measurement methods like calipers are often unusable and/or very conservative, giving a worse than actual value of the corrosion state.

Using 3D scanning, ARGON is able to make a 3D copy of a corroded area. Thanks to its vast knowledge of scripting and reverse engineering, ARGON made a semi-automated process to convert this scan into an easy to interpret corrosion quantification. Using this result, Fluxys can now more accurately decice if reparation is needed or not, saving up to 50% compare to the old methods.

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