API - Setting the standard for large bore pipe replacement

As aging plants and facilities continue to upgrade their systems, components and piping to extend operating life, API continues to support many large bore pipe replacement projects.

The API precision measurement process enables seamless fit-up of piping systems utilizing the latest API Laser Tracker technology. In addition to the tracker API utilizes Z+F Imager Laser Scanner for general area and load plan for piping.

Large bore pipe replacement projects are very complex and with many delay risks in bringing the plant back on-line. Fit-up issues can cause significant project delays with original nominal design data not reflecting actual real-world plant conditions.

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API is certified to Quality Assurance Standard NQA-1 with a safety manual aligned to the Energy Industries’ standards for safety in addition to local customer demands.

Verisurf universal 3D metrology software is used to record data sets of the 'as-found' conditions of the pipe connections.

Using the Radian laser Tracker API technicians accurately measure the as-found location of two pipe enclosures.

Each pipe face and vector position are evaluated in real time and reported accordingly. Measured data is used to assist the manufacture the new detail pipe to accurately fit-up to existing plant.

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Each pipe face and vector position are evaluated in real time and reported accordingly. Measured data is used to assist in manufacturing the new pipe detail to accurately fit-up to existing plant pipe locations.

In parallel, the Z+F Imager Laser Scanner is used to collect point cloud data of the general area around the existing piping networks; ensuring the correct rigging paths for old piping egress and new piping ingress.

Values of API Measurement Process
  • Reduces risk of costly field modifications and rework.

  • Engineering and Project Managers have the confidence new pipe will fit right first time.

  • Brings informative decision making and predictability to project.

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