A few weeks ago, I set myself a project to read the 300-page Part 1 from cover to cover. I allocated an hour a day, which equated to (disappointingly sometimes) only 15 – 20 pages at a time. Typically I did the reading first thing in the morning, at sunrise (being in Brisbane that ends up at around 4:30am this time of year…although truth be known the alarm went off at 5 or 5:30, and I’d get a coffee and start reading).
Some might say, that’s a bit backwards – this stuff puts you to sleep, not wakes you up.
Some of it I read quite deeply and carefully, to make sure I understood it, and could apply it. Other parts I confess I only read for clarity and grammar, looking for typos and glaring errors (the fibreglass pipe appendix, and the CO2 appendix, fall into this category).
Anyway, over the 3 weeks I got it done, and it feels good.
Next is the task of providing the resulting comments on the Standards website – disappointingly there are dozens of typo and reference errors that will have to be put in (I thought Standards would pick those up).
Here are some items to be aware of during this last week of Public Comment on Part 1:
- Definitions: For terms that are used in more than one of the Parts, these will be collected into Part 0 and defined there. In each of the Parts that the defined term is used, the term will be listed in the Definition section, but will only contain “Refer to AS 2885.0”.
- “This Standard”, “The Standard”, “the AS 2885 suite of Standards”: use of these phrases has crept in to many locations, and sometimes it is not clear what is meant (Is “this Standard” the one you’re reading, or the entire suite…”). We are attempting to clarify this amongst all of the Parts. We’ll try to be consistent with “the AS 2885 suite of Standards” when that is meant, and use “this Standard” when only the Part being read is meant.
- Section 5.4.4: Design for Protection (physical and procedural controls) – the previous “1+1 and 2+2” approach to determining how many controls are required for a particular Location Class has been re-phrased to “All reasonably practicable methods shall be adopted” (it is not a simple recipe table anymore), followed by the requirements that shall be adopted for the different location classes. The intent has not changed – just the phrasing.
- Appendix D, Guidance for use of a Design Factor above 0.72: this is a very useful guideline for when contemplating a 0.8DF pipeline.
- Part 1 = New Pipelines (or modifications): This edition of Part 1 only contain requirements for new pipelines (or modifications). All requirements for existing pipelines has been moved to Part 3(Operations) or Part 6 (SMS). We recognise there will be a gap of a few months in publication between Part 1/6 (Q2 2018) and Part 3 (Q3 2018), and so as an industry we will work to bridge that gap with industry communications if required.
Thank you for your time and efforts to review the Standards.