- CAIT Main
- Infrastructure Areas
- Program Sites
- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
- FMP - Freight and Maritime Program
- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
PSSP In Depth
America’s 2.3 million miles of gas, oil, and chemical pipelines are the “circulatory system” for our energy supply. They link and fuel critical facilities such as power plants, manufacturing plants, military bases, and airports, as well as our homes and offices.
The country’s pipeline infrastructure—and the volume of natural gas, petroleum, and chemicals it transports—continues to grow with our increasing demand for these products. The ongoing expansion of industry, cities, and suburban areas requires our pipeline infrastructure not only to expand, but also to increase its ability to reliably deliver the energy services that help keep the nation’s economy moving forward and you comfortable and safe in your home or office.
The goal of CAIT's pipeline efforts is to support dependable, safe, and secure pipeline networks through:
- Integrating a growing portfolio of remote sensing technologies to assess pipeline integrity, especially following disasters
- Providing workforce training and technology transfer via statewide and regional programs
- Communicating national, state, and local safety information to pipeline operators
- Distributing technical resources and tools
- Supporting current and future federal mandates with programs and training
CAIT partners with the groups like the Board of Public Utilities, Common Ground Alliance, Gas Technology Institute, utility companies, and others for guidance in developing research projects, industry tools, training activities, technical resources, and more. This group of stakeholders also supports workforce development and promotion of best practices within the industry.
Technologies and Processes for Monitoring and Assessing Pipeline Integrity
Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, pose significant threats to the integrity of natural gas pipelines. In an emergency situation, thorough pipeline safety and condition assessments are needed to avoid costly post-disaster damages and ensure the continuous safe and reliable delivery of energy resources. Optimal assessments are currently hampered by two primary shortfalls: lack of data sufficient for quantifying changes in pipeline condition and their built environment, and lack of data-driven risk models that identify high-risk pipe segments after a disaster.
The Rapid Exploitation of Commercial Remotely Sensed Imagery for Disaster Response and Recovery of Pipelines project, or Pipeline Sensing and Monitoring Project for short, is addressing these gaps by developing mobile mapping and remote sensing technologies for pipeline risk assessment; a point cloud and infrared imagery analysis system that semi-automates detection of changes and anomalies in the built environment that could indicate threats to pipelines; and GIS-based pipeline risk assessment tools to identify high-risk pipe segments and help prioritize repair and restoration.
Safety, Training, and Technology Transfer
PSSP's Safety, Training, and Technology Transfer initiatives offer programs in New Jersey and West Virginia relating to issues of critical importance regarding the safety and security of pipelines. Programs cover topics such as condition assessment and response, incident and risk management, system control (including detecting encroachments and monitoring of rights of way), and vulnerability at both project and network levels.
Sharing research and discoveries leads to use of new products in the field and procedures that support federally mandated programs; improves safety, security, compliance, assessment, and risk management; promotes best practices; enhances communications between agencies and operators; provides training and resources; and promotes awareness among the public and pipeline operators.