Professional Utility Investigations Reduce Risk for Oil & Gas Facilities

Firms across the Oil & Gas (O&G) industry rely on T2 Utility Engineers to reduce underground-related risk at their facilities, prior to retrofits or construction. T2ue’s depth of services, technology, and experience combine to provide owners and project design teams with reliable data needed to make informed decisions about the complex O&G underground infrastructure.

With safety being a top priority in the Oil & Gas industry, clients and projects benefit from conducting a subsurface utility investigation prior to any form of excavation or construction within their facilities. Our 30 years of specialization in locating and documenting existing facilities, utilities and other subsurface features within a planned excavation area allows for appropriate mitigation and management of underground infrastructure prior to excavation.

Complex Oil & Gas Sites Demand Expertise

T2 Utility Engineers’ decades of experience working at O&G facilities means we understand the complexity and the density of the above and below-ground environment, along with the unique challenges this high risk environment creates. Each investigation is customized based on site conditions and the scope of the investigation. Our highly trained field technicians have expertise in a full range of geophysical field investigation equipment and techniques to conduct a thorough and accurate field investigation. Once the data is collected, our team of professionals process and interpret the data, adding T2ue’s professional insight, such as understanding of construction methods, and the conductive properties of materials used in infrastructure construction. The deliverables we provide reflect T2 Utility Engineers commitment to quality, following our robust Quality Management Process.

Our expertise can be particularly helpful on older sites, which often have poor records and undocumented and abandoned infrastructure. We have many project examples showing drastic differences between the available records and the infrastructure found after a full investigation. In many cases, we find that adjustments made during construction or decommissioning are not reflected on plans. Pipeline facility databases are often schematic and may not be updated frequently. Over the years, portions of infrastructure may have corroded or been placed out of service, causing a loss of geophysical signal continuity which can be a potential risk if not properly identified. During an investigation, our utility engineering and utility coordination teams are able to use our experience and understanding of utility construction, regulatory and permitting processes, and site conditions in relation to the mapped data to identify, manage, and mitigate conflicts and impacts at the site and relevant adjacencies.

Project Examples

Here are a few examples of the types of investigations we have conducted, maintaining the confidentiality that O&G projects require:

  • Efficiently mapped the entire underground environment for an extensive green site being developed for the petrochemical industry.
  • Surveyed a large firewater pond for project team to determine the water capacity.
  • GPR scanning and designating of oil well sites in advance of environmental monitoring sampling.
  • Underground imaging to locate steel and concrete slabs.
  • Comprehensive utility investigation for a former petrochemical plant recommissioned to produce biodiesel.
  • Conducted utility investigations in project design stage to manage and mitigate risks prior to construction at existing petrochemical facilities.
  • Comprehensive Utility Investigations of O&G rail offloading and storage facilities
  • Utility investigations for large linear pipeline programs. Recent examples include mapping for a new hydrogen line and a major pipeline corridor for a high profile Canadian pipeline.
  • Executed utility coordination and right-of-way management tasks including consultation and notification letters, temporary and permanent crossing and proximity agreements, and easement agreements.
  • Provided specialized survey services such as Individual Ownership Plans (IOPs), weld mapping for new pipeline installation, and deformation monitoring of railway infrastructure during HDD pipeline installation.

We Understand the Unique Safety Requirements of O&G Sites

T2 Utility Engineers is aware of and complies with the safety-sensitive and security requirements that Oil and Gas facilities have in place. Our field technicians, project managers, utility coordinators, and engineers have been trained to comply with client, OSHA/CCOHS requirements, as well as safety legislation required by governmental agencies. For example, our field teams are equipped with gas detection equipment, follow Drug & Alcohol testing and background checks, as required, and have specialized training and clearances, such as Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC), eRailSafe, and contaminated soil disposal handling training. Of course, T2ue will complete any client-required safety certifications in order to safely access and work on a project site. This is in addition to the safety standards T2 Utility Engineers has developed over 30 years under the direction of our dedicated Health, Safety & Environment Director in support of our Safety and Quality Management Processes.

T2 Utility Engineers is Ready to Deploy Quickly

The T2ue team is ready and able to quickly mobilize across Canada and the US to serve Oil & Gas clients. We’ve supported hundreds of projects in the O&G industry, and are well equipped to meet the unique challenges these job sites present. Clients trust us because of our proven track record and ability to deploy rapidly. Contact us today!

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