Volume 9 Preprint 4
Cathodic Protection, Coatings, and the NACE External Corrosion Direct Assessment (ECDA) RP 0502-2002
J M Leeds
Keywords: Pipeline, CIPS, DCVG, Corrosion, Surveying, DGPS, ECDA, Direct Assessment, Potential, Cathodic Protection, Resistivity, Data Analysis
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Volume 9 Paper 4
Cathodic Protection, Coatings, and the NACE External
Corrosion Direct Assessment (ECDA) RP 0502-2002
Dr J M Leeds
Pipeline Integrity Management Ltd, Corbett House, Swan Lane, Hindley Green,
Wigan. WN2 4EY. UK, firstname.lastname@example.org
The selection of CP and Coating Fault Survey Tools, the type of information is
gathered and the analysis of survey data are discussed with respect to the
NACE ECDA RP 0502-2002 Specification for the Integrity Management of
pipelines that cannot be inspected by Metal Loss tools. Some weaknesses and
limitations of the RP are highlighted together with the necessity for data to be
fault specific and closely correlated with distance.
Keywords: Pipeline, CIPS, DCVG, Corrosion, Surveying, DGPS, ECDA, Direct
Assessment, Potential, Cathodic Protection, Resistivity, Data Analysis.
The NACE ECDA RP0502-2002 has placed into writing practices that have
been operated in a variety of disjointed forms by groups within the more
competent pipeline operating companies worldwide. The Specification brings
many activities together and is specifically aimed at the vast majority of
pipelines that cannot be inspected by inline inspection tools (ILI Tools). Hence,
the survey of pipelines by above ground techniques and the analysis and
interpretation of data is used in attempts to predict metal loss sites. In its
first published form RP0502-2002 contains many limitations and a number of
inaccuracies and in some cases, inflated claims for various inspection
techniques. Subsequent revisions it is hoped will modify and update what was
a very difficult document to initially produce and whilst it is very easy to
This is a preprint of a paper that has been submitted for publication in the Journal of Corrosion Science and
Engineering. It will be reviewed and, subject to the reviewers’ comments, be published online at
http://www.umist.ac.uk/corrosion/jcse in due course. Until such time as it has been fully published it should not
normally be referenced in published work. © UMIST 2004.
criticise it is hoped the contents of this paper that deals with selective items in
Pre and Indirect Assessment will be regarded as constructive.
RP RP0502- 2002 initially aimed at the US market is driven by requirements of
the US Department of Transport, (DOT) Office of Pipeline Safety, (OPS).
However, it has to be realised that some Pipeline Operators outside USA, in
absence of their own document, are implementing this Standard in concept
whilst not understanding the full implications and costs of the ECDA process.
The RP is having worldwide implications.
The NACE Standard has segregated ECDA into a 4-step process, Pre
Assessment (gather data and select inspection tools), Indirect Assessment
(use the inspection tools to survey), Direct Assessment (analyse data and dig
up pipe), and Post Assessment (look at what you have done and re-assess,
including some risk assessment). The concept is to locate, evaluate, predict
excavate, inspect and repair faults in ECDA regions where metal loss through
corrosion is most likely to have occurred.
The preamble to the RP document lays out various aims, one of which states
“ECDA was developed as a process for improving pipeline safety. Its primary
purpose is preventing future external corrosion damage.” The RP fails to
provide clear direction as to how preventing future external corrosion damage
is achieved from the ECDA process. The RP also fails to provide direction as to
the analysis of indirect survey data to identify critical coating faults for
excavation, examination and repair in the Direct Assessment step.
Corrosion, using the definition given in the Standard is “The deterioration of a
material, usually a metal that results from a reaction with its environment”. In
the Corrosion industry, the well documented method of measuring the
corrosivity of a soil is via soil resistivity measurements. It is quick and easy to
carry out and interpretation is well established. Surely, the measurement of
soil resistivity at coating fault locations provides a good indication of those
faults where metal loss is most likely to occur and should make soil resistivity
measurement mandatory for all ECDA inspections. In general, 99+ % of all
coating faults have no metal loss, the CP is doing its job. The difficulty is in
identifying the small percentage of coating faults that do have metal loss and
these are most likely to be located in areas of low soil resistivity or changes in
soil composition (and resistivity) such as from sand to clay.
ECDA Regions or DOT High Consequence Areas (HCA)
It is normal practice when surveying using CIPS or DCVG or Pearson etc to work
from test post to test post. This seems to have been forgotten. RP 0502-2002
splits a pipeline up into ECDA Regions defined as “A section or sections of a
pipeline that may have similar characteristics and operating history and in which
the same indirect inspection tools are used”. This is a silly designation without
technical justification as to what constitutes sections of pipeline with similar
characteristics. This is different in definition from what the DOT requires. They
require HCA’s to be identified, a HCA being a segment of pipeline which is within
a set distance from a building or location where people gather. This has little
thought as to the practical aspects of surveying and has operators installing
many new test posts at great cost at either end of HCA areas or ECDA regions.
The ECDA regions are implied to cover the whole pipeline, the HCA’s just specific
areas. All pipeline operating companies in USA have to identify their HCA’s and
submit a plan to carry out the ECDA process within a specific agreed time period.
The problem with the DOT dominant approach is that industry will do only what
is necessary to satisfy the DOT-OPS which can leave large sections of a pipeline
system not subject to routine inspection as all efforts and budgets for the next
few years, are expended on HCA’s. Concern is expressed that this disjointed
approach will lead to little effort on non HCA’s which if they lie in soil of greater
corrosivity may be more prone to metal loss resulting in a leak.
A rethink of the ECDA and DOT approach is required to better marry and clarify
the survey requirements from a more practical point of view with regard to
already installed test posts for the benefit of the whole pipeline rather than
limited HCA segments.
External Corrosion Control of Buried Pipelines
External corrosion mitigation of buried pipelines is achieved by a combination of
a protective coating such as FBE or 3 Layer FBE/PE and Cathodic Protection to
contain corrosion of steel pipe exposed at faults in the protective coating as all
coating systems have faults. For effective corrosion control a balance has to be
achieved between the amount of CP applied and the distribution and current
consumption of individual coating faults. Too much CP is just as bad as too little
as cathodic reactions generate alkali which can accelerate coating failure and
generate conditions for Stress Corrosion Cracking. Obviously, priority must be
directed to Critical Coating Faults that are most likely to give rise to problems
Critical Coating Faults
What is the definition of a Critical Coating Fault? How do we identify critical
coating faults for the excavation and examination required in the Direct
Assessment step of ECDA?
Before answering these questions we need to understand what has been
happening over the last 20 years. Many companies began to pay more attention
to their buried pipelines and rehabilitation (should be more correctly called
refurbishment) became the “state of the art” activity. The driving force has been
the need to stop metal loss by improving corrosion mitigation techniques
principally cathodic protection by a combination of coating repair or replacement
and installing additional CP stations. Hence, if we analyse the thinking behind
this it can be seen that a critical parameter is to identify those faults that are
consuming the largest amount of CP current. Hence by coating repair we release
more CP current for those faults that are not repaired as well as improving the
“throw” of the CP system along the pipeline, remembering there is never enough
money to repair all coating faults. This approach has been modified in ECDA to
concentrate initially on locating metal loss sites at critical coating faults and
secondly on improving long term corrosion mitigation techniques.
Critical coating faults in order of repair priority can therefore be defined as:Pri ori ty 1. C oat in g Fa ul ts were t here is kn own meta l loss th a t p la ces a pi peli ne
in p oten tia ll y sh ort t erm ri sk, irresp ec tiv e o f i f it s lo ca tion i s in a HCA
Segmen t. T h e con cep t b ehi nd th e E CDA p ro ces s i s to id ent ify th es e bu t in
gen era l wo ul d b e d el in ea ted defect s from a n I LI to ol in sp ecti on.
If th ere i s n o I L I d a ta th en th e fol lo win g mu st b e th e p riori ty as d ef in ed b y an
EC DA stu d y.
Pri ori ty 2 . Th e id ent ifi ca tio n of c rit ica l co at in g fa u lt s where c orro sion is mo st
lik el y to occu r. Th is req ui res d eta iled an a lys is of ma n y sou rces of in forma t ion .
Mo st p rob ab le m et al los s wi ll occu r a t f a ul ts s ited in t he mo st c orro sive s oil
pa rti cu la rl y wh ere ch an g es i n s oil t ype o ccu r, f au lt s no t receivi ng enou g h CP
cu rren t (th ou g h i n some ca ses f au lt cu rren t ca n sti ll be h ig h ) an d hen ce
sh owin g ano di c ac tiv ity (d etermi ned by D CVG tech ni qu e), g ivi ng p oor p ip e to
soi l po tent ia l a nd hig h f au lt severit y. Th ese a re E CDA fa ul ts wh ere p rio ri ty is
gi ven t o HCA S eg men ts.
Pri ori ty 3 . T he id ent ifi ca tio n of c oa ti ng fa u lts t ha t a re c on sum in g th e most CP
cu rren t irres pect ive wh et her loca ted i n HCA Segmen t or n ot. S uch fa u lts a re
common l y si ted clo se to CP in sta l la tion s an d are du e to b ad C P d esign s wh ere
th e grou n d bed is sit ed t oo c lose t o t he p ip elin e. Hig h CP cu rren t con su min g
fa ul ts lead t o more ra pi d coa ti ng f ai lu re an d b u ild u p of
ca rbon a te/b ica rb ona te en viron ment s needed t o d evel op Stress Corrosi on
Crac kin g , t he most i n sid iou s fo rm o f pi peli n e fa il u re.
Pri ori ty 4 .
Coa ti ng fa u lt s wit h poo r pi pe to soi l p oten tia ls . Thi s i s a
req u iremen t t o meet sta t ut ory c od es irresp ec tive o f fa ct th a t m ost cod es
ig no re rea lit y t ha t prot ec ti on ca n b e ach ieved a t –6 00 mV in s ome soi ls whi lst
in oth ers –1 1 00 mV ma y b e req u ired. In a bs en ce of n ot kn owin g wh a t
po tent ia l t o us e, in du st ry in terprets to th e NACE Cri teria p a rt i cu la rl y – 85 0 mV
OFF a n d/ or 1 0 0mV sh if t.
Mo re th a n 99 % of a ll Co at in g Fa u lts h av e no meta l l oss so wh y exca va te to
rep a ir? In fa ct th e repa ir of a d di tio na l Co at in g Fa ul ts w here th ere is no met al
los s is n eed ed t o i mprov e CP Dist rib ut ion to con ta in t he l on g-term on set of
corrosi on a lo ng a p ip eli ne.
ECDA Tool Selection Matrix
The ECDA specification requires a minimum of two survey techniques to be
used to gather data. Figure 1 which is Table 2 in RP 0502-2002 considers 6
CP / Coating Survey Methods (Close Interval Survey, DCVG, ACVG, Pearson,
Electromagnetic, and AC Current Attenuation) and presents a very distorted
view of practical application of the methods. First there is confusion between
AC and DC methods and between CP evaluation techniques and coating fault
Within the AC techniques there is a lack of realising that all AC techniques use
the Pearson Technique in various forms to delineate fault locations. For
example, the ACVG has the two ground contacting electrodes mounted on an
A frame instead of two surveyors, and uses a meter indication instead of an
audible signal. The Pearson Technique, but in a different format. All AC
techniques are relatively useless when in the locality of overhead power lines,
and many pipelines are in fact paralleled by high voltage lines in a common
right of way. Electromagnetic techniques cannot be used where a pulsing DC
from CIPS or DCVG surveys are being used. Similar comments apply to
Electromagnetic Soil Resistivity Measurements, see Figure 2. Hence the right
of way has to be traversed twice. Also all EM techniques loose discrimination
when soil resistivity is high e.g. greater than 100,000 ohm cm. There exists a
major problem with all AC and Electromagnetic techniques and that is that,
their data has no direct relationship with the external corrosion control
techniques applied to a buried pipeline. This important fact seems to be
ignored in the RP. Data obtained by these techniques cannot therefore be
specifically correlated with the historical records and the on going operation
and control of the pipelines cathodic protection system.
The best available selection of two separate but compatible techniques that
have a direct correlation with the data from the operation of the pipelines CP
system is the use of CIPS to monitor the pipelines CP profile, interference etc
and DCVG to locate coating faults etc. RP Table 2 identifies that DCVG is not
applicable to some areas such as city streets, river crossings etc. This is a
total distortion of the true facts and presents a typical dominance of vested
interests over scientific fact in preparing Specifications. Another distortion
again arising out of the North America is confusion between Lateral CIPS,
Trailing CIPS and true DCVG.
In Europe we have been using the lateral CIPS technique for more than 25
years. It is called the Intensive Method and is more prevalent in areas under
German technical influence. In recent years (2 to 3 years) the North Americans
have called this technique combined CIPS /DCVG where the lateral CIPS is
thought to be DCVG. Even worse, the Canadians recommend the lateral halfcell be at a distance of 2 metres from the pipeline. Lateral gradients stretch
many metres depending on soil resistivity and the CP current flowing to
individual faults. 2 metres would represent only a fraction of the total gradient
to remote earth so any lateral data is totally useless for analysis for the Direct
Assessment step in ECDA. Even worse, in UK the use of one half-cell trailing
behind the other at a distance of several metres is also called combined
An analysis of these CIPS variations has been previously
published ( 1,2 ). Both of these variations are very poor representations of the
correct methodology which is conventional CIPS used in conjunction with
analogue DCVG. Considerable confusion and distorted opinions are mostly
caused by the lack of surveyors undergoing proper training in the
What Survey Techniques and Information is Required For Direct Assessment
The cost effective approach to effective maintenance of pipelines to minimise
ECDA and HCA influences is to limit metal loss by repairing only those coating
faults that really need repair in order to bring back into balance the
relationship between coating fault severity, number, distribution, and the
effectiveness of CP at all individual faults. Supporting this approach is the
fact that upon excavation, the vast majority of coating faults on pipelines
subject to effective CP show no metal loss. CP does work but the problem is
to make it work effectively along the complete pipeline. The above approach
suggests that the coating is the premier corrosion protection mechanism and
CP is a supportive technique and is probably correct for a reasonably well
coated pipeline. However, the reverse is true for pipelines with a very poor
coating. Studies of both the coating quality and the CP are therefore important
inputs to the decision making process to identify existing or potential metal
loss sites. One major failing of all variations of CIPS is that no data is coating
fault epicentre specific.
The least CP protected locations on a pipeline are at coating fault epicentres.
This fact leads directly to the concept that all data should be coating fault
specific; after all, nobody would normally excavate a pipeline in areas of good
coating. Coating fault specific data also readily allows computers to be used in
the complex analysis which can involve as many as 3,000 data points per Km
To make the best decision using the ECDA concept applied to HCA segments,
exactly what data should be gathered and to what criteria should the data be
interpreted to affect the most cost effective repair? Gathering data depends
upon the survey techniques used and the training and understanding of
technique errors and limitations by the surveyors gathering the data. The
criteria to which data is interpreted is also subject to variation. In addition it
must be remembered that in data analysis not all data is of equal importance
in the decision making process as different parameters have different affects
on the rate of the corrosion process. Also any one parameter can change in
importance as it does not always have the same influence on corrosion rate.
Soil Resistivity is a good example of this. It is the data vagaries that exert the
biggest effect on the ability to accurately predict metal loss locations.
The NACE External Corrosion Direct Assessment Specification RP2002; by
calling for two survey techniques is incorrect. This is considered inadequate
to provide the best information for subsequent analysis so four
complementary techniques are suggested:1. Analogue DCVG, to accurately locate and assess coating faults. This
technique was chosen because of its simplicity and undisputed
accuracy at locating and determining the characteristics of coating
faults. Analogue DCVG has no attachment to the pipeline and should
not be confused with Lateral or Trailing. Lateral CIPS does not provide
the same data as analogue DCVG.
2. Close Interval Pipe to Soil Potential Survey, to assess the pipeline’s
Cathodic Protection System and DC Interference.
In this case CIPS
equipment modified to operate at the DCVG ON/OFF sequence of 0.45
seconds ON, 0.8 seconds OFF so the two techniques, DCVG and CIPS
can be run as a one pass survey at a close distance apart.
3. Soil information including Resistivity to assess the soil Corrosivity at
coating fault locations.
4. Sub-metre accuracy DGPS for coating fault location and distance
measurement. Accurate distance measurement is in fact the most
difficult parameter to record.
The quality of the data collected will also depend upon the type and quality of
the survey equipment used. Not all survey equipment is easy to set up and
use. A number of North American CIPS equipments use modifications of
laptop computers or generally used Data Loggers such as the Allegro. These
usually have limited memory and/or battery life and require a certain
competence in using computers and are often of limited capability of
synchronising with satellite interrupters. Ideally for field surveying, equipment
should be simple to set up and use. Significant differences also exist with
different manufactured analogue DCVG equipment. Several manufacturers
have designed their equipment with an automatic return to the needle centre
zero position. This type of circuit design limits the flexibility of the instrument
in complex pipeline networks and also prevents the corrosion status being
determined. Variations also exist in instruments. For example, on the 10 mV
range all the automatic centre instruments are calibrated + or – 10 mV about
the centre rest position. The manual bias instruments on their 10 mV range
are calibrated + or – 5 mV about the centre rest position making such
instruments 2 times as sensitive meaning they can operate at lower pipeline
DCVG signal strengths or survey at greater pipe depths. Attempts have been
made to produce DCVG instruments with a digital display instead of an
analogue meter. The problem with digital instruments is that the response
indicator picks up all fluctuations in voltage noise from the rectifier making it
very difficult for the surveyor to be certain of what the instrument is indicating
particularly at low voltage ranges.
A variety of GPS equipments have been used with the best being the Trimble
Pro XRS or equivalent. These instruments are expensive so often cheap
inaccurate hand held units are employed which are really insufficient for
accurate data comparison work. It is unfortunate that most pipeline operators
do not understand the limitations or inaccuracies of the equipment and
technologies used so are very much at the professional honesty of the survey
company. A real problem within the survey industry exists which limits the
quality of data collected and hence the best application of the ECDA concept
and interpretation of data. As an example, in a recent survey in the UK in
undulating countryside, an earlier CIPS survey distance was 2.441Km short on
a survey 31.879Km long, using for distance measurement a wire dispenser.
Over this section of pipe, DGPS distances agreed almost exactly with the
distance determined by an ILI tool travelling through the buried pipeline.
The only cost effective way to measure soil resistivity of a pipeline right of
way is by using electromagnetic techniques to obtain a continuous profile.
However, as with all soil resistivity measuring methods the CP must not be
pulsing so an EM survey has to be run as a stand alone technique, logging in
coating fault and right of way features into the EM data logger together with
DGPS locations. Another problem also has to be recognised which is the route
plotted is to the side of the pipeline not the actual pipeline trench location
itself as the resistivity of the pipeline steel can significantly dominate the data.
Summary of Type of Survey Data Collected
The following information can be collected by the DCVG Technique.
Fault location to within a 15 cm circle.
Fault %IR Severity, see Figure 3. This is related to the physical size of the
fault but this relationship can be modified by soil pH effects.
Fault Corrosivity Factor. see Figure 4. A new factor currently under
development and related to active corrosion site prediction.
Fault Corrosion Status (net current flow to or from a coating fault which
is one of the NACE Criterion for Protection) see Figure 5. Determines if a
fault is receiving adequate CP for protection.
Individual Coating Fault CP Current Demand. See Figure 6.
Fault approximate shape and orientation on the pipeline.
Attenuation of the Cathodic Protection from rate of DCVG Signal decay,
see Figure 7.
Effective Range of a Rectifier influence.
Determine % Efficiency of Insulation of Gaskets, separation of Casing
and any other foreign structure on the pipeline right of way.
The following information can be collected by the CIPS Technique.
CIPS ON Potential, uncorrected and corrected for attenuation step.
CIPS OFF Potential, uncorrected and corrected for attenuation step, see
Figures 8A and 8B.
Large Coating Fault indication by CIPS.
Effective Range of CP by Potential Decay.
Weak areas of CP when ON and OFF come together.
Interference effects from AC and other DC Sources and structures.
Soil Composition voltage variations due to changes in soil chemistry.
The following information can be collected by the Soil Monitoring Techniques.
Soil Resistivity measurements, see Figure 9.
Change in Soil Type.
Soil pH at fault locations.
Rock or Stones present in soil (major source of damage to all coatings).
Location of Vegetation at Coating Faults (major source of failure in
The following information can be collected by the Sub-metre DGPS
Location for all survey data points, pipeline features and right of way
furniture, see Figure 10.
Distance for all survey techniques including ILI tools.
Time of day of measurement.
Date of Measurement.
Cross reference information for different types of survey data.
The following information can be collected from Historical records.
Past Survey data typically CIPS, Pearson, CP Records, Inline Inspection
Records, Ac and DC Interferences. Most data will not be coating fault
Past History of pipeline operation, excavations and leak or third party
Survey Data Analysis to identify Fault Locations for Excavation
The quantity of data collected even though coating fault specific can be very
large and impossible to analyse manually. Consequently ECDA Data Analysis
programs (3), have been developed such as that in Figure 11. With all such
programs all data has to be coating fault or metal loss site specific and all
data has to be correlated using distance (4). For good correlation the start
and end points of surveys and any other feature must be clearly delineated in
each set of survey data. If data has to be correlated later with ILI tool data
then there must also be correlation points that both the above and below
ground survey techniques log.
There is also another attribute with
computerised data bases in that it keeps active all survey data and although
no action may be taken at a fault, its characteristics may be useful for on
going monitoring and improved interpretation of data from later surveys.
The construction of the databases for the Analysis Program is shown in Figure
12 and are interactive with data only being capable of being manipulated
through a Data Editor and not through the analysis program in order to limit
The Data Analysis System was set up with several objectives in mind.
1. To identify Critical Coating Faults for repair and also and CP improvements
2. From 1 above produce a Table of Packages of Work for issue to Contractors
as the Scope of Work for the Direct Assessment step.
3. Provide a data base for all information gathered during the Direct
4. Identify the anticipated Costs involved in carrying out the Scope of Work.
5. The outcome from the analysis requires to be sold, first to the clients
Project Engineer as to the logic of the Analysis. The Project Engineer then
has to convince his Managers of the Analysis in order to approve Budget
Funds to carry out the Scope of Work. The production of graphical data
presentations is very useful in the selling operations.
The Analysis System can interrogate the data bases to produce for any part of
the pipeline such as individual HCA areas, any one of 25 different types of
Graphical Presentations for the Coating and CP
Tabular presentations are the result of interrogating the data bases to identify
coating faults with a common or multiple set of parameters that do not meet
selected criteria. For example, large severity coating faults in low resistance
clay soil with inadequate levels of CP and low pH. The input to the selection
process can either weigh all parameters identically or assessed according to
the importance of a specific parameter in contributing towards corrosion.
This is supplemented by additional data such as the distance apart of coating
faults and the location of the coating fault to high-risk areas. The distance
apart if matched to field joint spacing enables the cause of coating failure to
be identified before excavation begins.
The distance apart also helps to
recognise additional coating faults for repair as being close enough to a
coating fault already identified for repair to be incorporated in the same
trench. On badly coated pipe the distance apart analysis also helps in the
decision of whether to carry out long line repair, or improved CP using a
continuous polymer anode.
The decision process for large severity coating faults is easy, but this is not
the case for many small coating faults in close proximity whose total
contribution can be equivalent to several large severity coating faults, in terms
of their effect on CP distribution.
Condition Analysis is a process of
assessing the effects of all coating faults in a specific segment of pipeline and
modelling how the overall effect of coating damage will change as coating
faults are identified for repair.
Condition Analysis is very useful for
identifying “hot spots” and for estimating the average level of CP current
consumption when designing continuous polymer anode systems.
Whilst not part of ECDA, the software package also will accommodate and
interrogation ILI Metal Loss Tool data, and the correlation of metal loss with
CP data and coating fault location as delineated by DCVG above ground
Output from the Analysis Program.
The output from the Analysis computer program is a list of Coating Faults
prioritised for repair. The coating fault locations are arranged into Packages
of Work. A Package of Work is either 10 bellholes (short length, 7.5M total
hole size) or 250- metres of digging, which ever is the smaller. The concept
behind this approach is to exercise control over the Rehabilitation Contractor.
Usually at least 60% of the cost of rehabilitation is in moving soil and unless
controlled there will be a natural tendency to do as much of this type of work
as possible. This can lead to many excavated holes with nothing completed.
Three Packages of Work, (30 bellholes) are issued to the Contractor at any one
time which is sufficient to allow the Contractor to develop a conveyor belt type
process and be efficient. To be issued with Work Package 4, one of the already
issued Packages of Work must be completed to a Rehabilitation Specification.
One important step in putting together the Packages of Work is to ensure that
the selected excavations are not spread too far apart so that effective quality
and project control becomes impossible.
The Package of Work document is a list containing only information relevant
to the rehabilitation process and can be inserted directly into the
Rehabilitation Contract as the Scope of Work along with various Specifications
on how to carry out the rehabilitation process.
Cathodic Protection Assessment and Improvements.
The desire to improve the effectiveness of available CP to control long-term
metal loss is the major reason for rehabilitation. Frequently the amount of
coating repair is far in excess of what is required to control metal loss. The
Software data interrogation allows those coating faults consuming a larger
proportion of CP current to be identified for repair thereby making more CP
available for other coating faults not selected for repair.
comparison of CP potential profile with coating fault severity assists in
understanding what can be causing low pipe to soil potentials and a further
comparison with soil resistivity allows an appraisal of ground bed locations
relevant to coating fault locations to be made.
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Dr.J.M.Leeds & S.S.Leeds. Pipeline & Gas Industry, March 2001.
2. Pipeline Operators Misled by Sham Methods
Dr.J.M.Leeds & S.S.Leeds. Pipeline & Gas Journal, June/July 2004.
3. ECDA Data Analysis Program from DC Voltage Gradient Technology & Supply
Ltd, Corbett House Swan Lane Hindley Green, Wigan, WN2 4EY UK.
4. Correlating Coation and Metal Loss Data can Save O & M Money
Dr.J.M.Leeds & Dr.M.Waterton. Pipeline & Gas Industry, March 1999.
Figure 1. From NACE RP 0502-2002
Figure 2. Electromagnetic Soil
Figure 3. Coating Fault %IR Severity of a Tape Coated Buried Pipeline
Figure 4. Coating Fault Corrosivity Factor and Fault Current Demand. Coal Tar Coated
Figure 5. Coating Fault DCVG Corrosion Status (Net Current Flow to or From Fault)
Figure 6. Fault Cathodic Protection Current Distribution on a Pipeline.
Fault Current uA
Figure 6. Coating Fault Current Demand Along a Tape Coated Buried Pipeline
Figure 8A. Uncorrected CIPS Pipe to Soil Potential and Coating Fault Severity.
Figure 8B. Corrected CIPS Pipe to Soil Potential and Coating Fault Severity.
CIPS Data from Figure 8A Corrected for Attenuation Step. Tape Coated Pipeline
DCVG SIGNAL AMPLITUDE (mV)
T/ R 1
T/ R 2
T/ R 3
T/ R 4
T/ R 5
T/ R 6
T/ R 7
4 000 0
D IS T A N C E (m )
Figure 7. The effective range of each CP source determined at test posts from
measurements of the DCVG signal amplitude to remote earth. This information is
invaluable when setting up both DCVG & CIPS surveys
THE XYZ PIPELINE
MILE 30 - MILE 4O
San Fernando TR
HWY 665 TR
R ESISTIVITY (Ohm.cm)
G PS Pi pelin e Rou te in Brazil , 110Km Lon g
Oil Refin ery
Figure 10. GPS Plotted Route. X
are Pipeline Features. Rest are
many Fault Locations Plotting
Pl an t
Figure 11. Opening Screen of the ECDA Data Analysis Program.
Figure 12. ECDA Interactive Data Bases Holding 516 Different Types of Data