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Engineering Services

RCP engineers provide clients with decades of engineering design, project implementation, project management, pipeline integrity, operations, process safety, security, and risk management experience.

Having worked for some of the largest oil and gas operators around the world, RCP experts are routinely called upon to solve asset management problems that require a high degree of sophistication in order to help our clients understand and effectively respond to issues and risks that are not easily defined or quantified.

MAOP Reconfirmation RCP has been a market leader in providing MAOP Validation Services for over 20 years, including over 100,000 miles of gas and liquid pipeline analysis and support. Whether you are just getting started, need help finishing, or not sure what to do next, RCP has a wealth of experienced engineers and support staff that can assist in your MAOP reconfirmation efforts in any or all the following areas:

  • Document Gathering, Imagery and Grading

  • Materials and Records Verification

  • Gap Analysis and Reporting

  • Gap Closure and Remediation Plans

  • MAOP Audit Support

  • Standards and Procedures Development and Review

RCP turnkey solutions connect MAOP data to source document images, identifies exact 192/195 code sections driving MAOP results, provides a precise audit trail and calculation for each individual component or piece of pipe in a system using the most comprehensive MAOP model on the market to provide clients with Traceable, Verifiable, and Complete MAOP records.

Pressure Test Certification RCP provides on-site quality control and validation services for pipeline pressure testing. The purpose of this validation is to provide an independent review and analysis of each pressure test and to validate whether the test met all of the criteria required within an operator’s pressure testing standard as well as 49 CFR Part 192 Subpart J Test Requirements. RCP's proprietary test validation model can be used on all types of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. It allows for spike testing and the use of water, nitrogen, air or gas as the test medium. Typically, the major elements of this service include the following:

  • RCP captures data in advance of the test from approved drawings and test procedures provided by the client.

  • Client provides RCP with access to the test site, including deadweight tester, pressure recorder, temperature recorders, ambient thermometer, electronic dew point meter, flow meters and other equipment necessary to validate the pressure test.

  • RCP captures data necessary to validate the test (ex. pressure, temperature, volume, injection/withdrawals, equipment calibrations, photographs, etc.).

  • Once the test is complete, RCP provides a comprehensive written report that provides all of the necessary detail whether the test met the requirements of 49 CFR Subpart J Test Requirements.

Leak Detection Capability Evaluation Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Operators are required to have a means of detecting leakage on their pipelines and perform periodic review of their leak detection capabilities. The methodologies used for leak detection cover a wide spectrum of technologies and processes and are based on a number of different detection principles.

RCP engineers have an in-depth understanding of all applicable state and federal leak detection requirements, advisory bulletins, inspection protocols and referenced standards, as well as how they apply to pipeline design, operational procedures, leak detection methods, risk analysis and mitigation strategies.

RCP Leak Detection Capabilities Evaluations (LDCE) provide a comprehensive gap analysis an assessment of an operator’s Leak Detection Program (LDP), and Leak Detection Systems (LDS) that includes; LDS selection methodology, performance targets, metrics, and KPI’s, testing, control center procedures, alarm management, training, and leak detection equipment maintenance reliability.

Emergency Flow Restriction Device Analysis RCP's process for conducting EFRD studies to determine the need for installation of an EFRD starts with establishing the benefit threshold criteria that installation of an EFRD must satisfy in order to justify installation. Such criteria may include requirements such as minimum 50% reduction in quantity released, HCA no longer affected by quantity released and/or a significant reduction in the consequences of the spill.

RCP then evaluates key factors as described in §195.452(i)(4) such as pipeline profile, swiftness of leak detection and pipeline shutdown capabilities, potential release volume, location of nearest response personnel and specific terrain between pipeline segment and HCAs to determine if the benefit threshold factors are satisfied and make a recommendation regarding installation of the EFRD.

Relief Valve Capacity Evaluation Built on decades of engineering experience and evaluating relief valve specifications and capabilities, RCP has developed a comprehensive Relief and Regulator Valve Capacity tool that includes a data set with over 5000 relief and regulator valve configurations that our SME uses to help evaluate the capacity of relief valves being specified as well as the impact of upstream and downstream piping on capacity. RCP also uses the tool to store our clients relief valve and piping configuration data to make documenting annual testing and/or capacity calculation/checks easy, consistent and accurate.

Uprate Studies RCP provides technical support to produce an uprate plan, as required by CFR 49 Part 192 code. The plan provides the documentation and required tasks, required by code, to increase current maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP). RCP has a comprehensive checklist that is used to verify all of the regulatory requirements are addressed. The final deliverable includes a completed checklist along with copies of records or notations used to validate closure of each item.

Conversion of Service Plans RCP Conversion of Service Plans address all key elements of a pipeline conversion plan, according to federal pipeline safety regulations including any risks posed by the new products and plans to be taken to ensure the safety of pipeline, during the conversion phase as well as ongoing integrity management once the line is placed in service.

Defect Analysis and Repair Plan RCP engineers can provide defect analysis and repair recommendations which include characterization of the defect and root cause analysis based on the operators or third-party measurements of the defect. RCP then presents specific repair recommendations based on Industry Standards and operator specific procedures. Integrity management regulations also require that a lesson learned process be implemented and similar defects that could exist in non-covered segments be analyzed and repaired as well. As Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) is deployed with the help of different analysis techniques, prioritizing root causes, identification and development of solutions for root causes, and remediation recommendations become the basis for the development of a Remedial Work Plan (RWP) to repair defects, associate appropriate P&M measures and prevent recurrence.

Root Cause Failure Analysis RCP provides clients with concise engineering analysis of failures. Utilizing scientifically proven techniques such as forensic investigation, TapRooT®, fault tree, event and causal factor analysis, RCP conducts a comprehensive review of documents, photos, interviews and field observations to determine causal factors relating to both the direct cause and root cause(s) of the event.

Summaries of interviews and conclusions based on the findings are used to formulate recommendations. The recommendations become the basis for the development of a Remedial Work Plan (RWP), which details the activities and processes necessary to prevent recurrence.

RCP final reports detail the methodology utilized, findings for each of the techniques employed, summary of SME discussions and recommendations based on the discussions and findings. Report attachments will include details of interviews, causal factor summaries and reference document log.

Engineering Specifications RCP has extensive expertise developing reference manuals that provide detailed specifications for various maintenance activities that include appendices of common abbreviations, definitions, forms, specific design rules, etc. Sample contents of these Engineering Standards include:

Repair / Modification Specifications for:
  • Codes & Industry Standards

  • Preparation for Repairs

  • Qualifications of Materials, Procedures, and Personnel

  • Permissible Permanent Field Repairs

  • Inspection and Test of Repairs

  • Pipe Movement

  • Branch Connections and Hot Taps

Guidelines for Pipeline Paint, Coatings, and Inhibitors:
  • Paint System Considerations

  • Coating Maintenance, Storage, and Handling Considerations

  • External Coating Inspection Equipment and Activities

Cathodic Protection Specifications for:
  • Industry Standards

  • Calculations

  • Testing & Measurements

  • Close Interval Survey Procedures

  • Supplemental Procedures

  • Cathodic Protection Installation and Repair

  • External Corrosion Procedures

  • Rectifier and Equipment Lists