Standards Status Update – Nov. 2018

Ok, here’s the latest:

AS 2885 Parts 0/1/6
General Requirements / Design and Construction / Pipeline Safety Management

Now anticipating publishing by November 30th.  It will not be on November 21st as currently previously hoped… but, we’re still gunning for a November publish.

AS 2885 Part 2 – Welding

Part 2 Draft for Public Comment is with the Main Committee right now, for approval to go to Public Comment.  All going well there as expected, the Draft will be available in a few weeks.  Therefore the 9-week Public Comment window will extend over the year-end break (ie, November 25 – January 30).  Perfect summer beach reading, right?

AS 2885 Part 3 – Operations and Maintenance

Part 3 has just gone to Standards for its first round of drafting.  The timing for the Part 3 Draft available for Public Comment will depend on the Standards editing process, which could take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months.  I’m now guessing an April-ish draft available for Part 3 Draft for Public Comment. But we all know by now that my guessing ability around here is not very reliable.

AS 2885 Part 5 – Pressure Testing

The Part 5 subcommittee has met 3 times in the past 4 months and is making good progress on some tricky technical issues.  Anticipated to be going to Standards for editing by March 2019, and the 9-week Public Comment window starting in May 2019.


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Oh my, haven’t you changed…

I know the users of the AS 2885 Standards would like to have a ‘quick reference guide’, outlining what’s changed in Parts 0/1/6 since the 2012 editions, ready for when they are published n a few weeks.

And even more so, we’d all like a quick reference guide that describes exactly the changes that affect us the most, nothing less, nothing more, and therefore helps us specifically with the issue that actually is in front of you right at that moment.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t exist.

In many cases, we all will have to read it ourselves.

For reference at this point, there are the presentations from the public comment launch in Sydney in July 2017 (was it really that long ago?).  They are available from the APGA website, or from me if you email me.  However, even those are a little dated, since we had 700 comments on each of Parts 1 and 6, so things have changed a little since public comment.

We are planning an APGA seminar event in Sydney on March 13-14, 2019, and there will be summary documents prepared for that.

And there will be opportunities for training entities to provide update courses, as well as the cost effective method of just ringing up your local neighborhood committee member…


Ok, so, but really, what, you ask, has changed?

In this day and age, you’d think we could easily provide a good summary or ‘track-changes’ comparison document.  But I’m finding it’s not that simple, and certainly not easy to read, especially when Part 1/6 have been almost entirely restructured, since Part 6 was born out of Part 1.  And so it would be (will be) a lot of work.

It’s easy to say ‘not much has changed, we’ve just improved it’.  And, if you’ve been following along with the Public Comment editions, you will have seen the changes.  But I know, now that it’s becoming a reality, now it’s time to pay attention.

We’re all like that.  Including me.

In the interim, and to whet your appetite, below is the list of Issue Papers that were started (back in 2013-14) for this latest revision of Part 1 and 6.   This list is an indication of the topics that were discussed at length during the development of Parts 1 and 6.  As mentioned before, most these issue papers remain incomplete for publication; however the work that went into them has manifested itself as now being part of the Standards.

IP01 General + Definitions
IP02 SMS Miscellaneous
IP03 Section 3 Materials
IP04 Section 4  Design General
IP05 Location Classification
IP06 Fracture Control
IP07 Section 5 Pipeline Design
IP08 Prequalified Design
IP09 Pressure Test Design (Section 5.12)
IP10 Section 6 Station Design
IP11 Section 7 Instrumentation and Control
IP12 Section 8 Corrosion
IP13 Section 9 MAOP Uprating
IP14 Section 10 Construction
IP15 Section 11 Inspection and Testing
IP16 Section 12 Commissioning
IP17 Section 13 Documentation
IP18 Road Crossing Design
IP19 Assemblies, Clamps
IP20 Large Diameter Pipelines
IP21 CO2 Pipelines
IP24 Approvals
IP25 Retrospectivity
IP27 Welded Joints
IP28 Damage Resistance
IP29 Environmental
IP30 Fatigue
IP31 Management System
IP33 Trenchless/HDD
IP34 Safety Part Scope
IP36 Competence
IP39 Scope of SMS
IP40 Risk Calibration
IP41 Risk Communication
IP42 SMS Harmonisation
IP43 Threat Control Effectiveness
IP44 Branch Connections
IP48 Land Stability
IP49 Measurement length for non-methane
IP50 Low Temperature Excursions
IP52 App S Bending
IP54 Discharge Rate Limits
IP55 Slug Catchers
IP56 Acoustically induced vibration
IP58 Frequency Guidelines
IP59 Flange Derating
IP60 High Consequence Risk Assessment
IP61 Low Point Overpressure Design
IP99 App Y Radiation Contours
IP99 App AA Flexible/Fibreglass Pipe
IP99 App New 0.8 Design Factor
IP99 App T Flanged Joints
IP99 App E Procedural EIP


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Standards Update

There’s a (terrible) song from a (terrible) animated show from the late 90s, which came to mind in my most recent correspondence with Standards.

Blame Canada. (language warning, if you watch the video, at about the 45s mark).


(South Park has been a very popular show, for some strange reason, some people find it hilarious.  Ok, maybe at times I did too).

I thought the South Park writers (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) were somehow Canadian, but after a quick fact-check on that, yep nope they aren’t Canadian, they just like to make fun of Canada.

(Do you now have that silly song going through your head? I do.)

The reason it popped into my head last week, was this, in answer to my query to our Standards contact about when Parts 0/1/6 would be published, now that all the approval hoops have been achieved:

“… we just missed this month’s NZ Council meeting and the next one is on the 6th of November.  …. SNZ has agreed to advise me as soon as the SNZ Council have approved for Publication.  I have been advised by Publishing Services that if {insert secret redacted Standards conditions here}, … the publication date will be the 21st of November.”  

So, “blame New Zealand-a!”?

I don’t really mean that, and, it doesn’t really fit the song rhythm anyway.  Shame, because that would have been fun.

This does differentiate between ‘project management’ and ‘administration’.  I just think that if the publication schedule was dependent on the NZ approval (critical path), then the preceding events (feedback from the NZ delegates and presenting it for the NZ meeting) should have accounted for that, should have been factored in to our approval schedule, so we aren’t delayed another month.  As it is, in this administrative approach, there seems to be no forward planning or accounting for others’ input dates and constraints, just reaction to what happens each day.

Ah well.  Maybe it should be “blame Standards-a”.  But that would be silly.  And there’s no blame to be had, that’s not fair, it’s all just part of the process, forget I said any of this.

Mark November 21st on your calendar.

But don’t hold your breath.

The bit I’ve not included in the above quote is quite onerous for our Standards administrators, and so I’m not convinced we’ll make the suggested date.  But we’re getting closer…


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Standards Update – Sept 2018

Here’s the latest on the AS 2885 revisions status:

Part 0 (General Requirements):  this is with the Main Committee for balloting; which is due at the end of the month.  Targeting publication for use by late October.

Part 1 (Design and Construction) and Part 6 (Pipeline Safety Management)these are also with the Main Committee for balloting; which is due at the end of the month.  Targeting publication for use by late October.

Part 2 (Welding): {no change since last month} this is currently going back and forth between Standards and the drafting lead, and it is getting close for a release for public comment.  Stay tuned; maybe in a couple of months.

Part 3 (Operations and Maintenance): {no change since last month} this is still with the subcommittee for finalisation to be handed over for editing and styling.  Public comment is probably late 2018, maybe early 2019.

Part 5 (Pressure Testing): this subcommittee had another meeting this week, and is progressing towards the March 2019 handover to Standards for styling/editing. Publication estimated by late 2019.

Standards Update – August 2018

We’re heading into another phase with the AS 2885 suite of Standards.

I can finally see the finish line for the notorious Parts 0, 1 and 6… and at the same time, we have Parts 2, 3 and 5 getting ready to pick up the revision baton…

Part 0 (General Requirements) the subcommittee is meeting on Wednesday August 15th to review public comments, of which there were 44 and none of them show-stoppers.

Part 1 (Design and Construction) and Part 6 (Pipeline Safety Management):  the subcommittee is meeting Thurs/Fri August 16/17th to review public comments, of which there were about 100 on each, but most of them are editorial.  A few technical issues have been brought up, which will be briefly discussed at the subcommittee meeting, and then scheduled in for the next revision, because we are too close to publication to introduce new technical items now.

The target is to publish Parts 0, 1 and 6 at the same time.  Current forecast has publishing in mid-October 2018.

Part 2 (Welding): this is currently going back and forth between Standards and the drafting lead, and it is getting close for a release for public comment.  Stay tuned; maybe in a couple of months.

Part 3 (Operations and Maintenance):  this is still with the subcommittee for finalisation to be handed over for editing and styling.  Public comment is probably late 2018.

Part 5 (Pressure Testing): the subcommittee had its second official meeting last week, and is progressing fairly well, given that work was started on this revision unofficially (outside of Standards Australia scheduling) in mid 2016.  I can see that getting the wording right for this one will be an ongoing challenge.  The schedule has this one going to Standards for editing and styling by March 2019, and publication by November 2019.

Below is the status in pictures.

Be well.

Standards Forecast Aug2018

Standards Update – June 2018

Here we go with another update as to where the ME-038 Standards are at.

  • AS 4822 Field Joint Coating: Publishing expected imminently
  • AS 2885.0 General Requirements: Currently out for public comment; closes July 31.  Publishing in October-ish.
  • AS 2885.1 Design & Construction: Preparing final draft.  Publishing in October-ish.
  • AS 2885.2 Welding: In styling/editing mode with Standards. Public Comment in a month or so (July-ish).
  • AS 2885.3 Operations & Maintenance: Final touches with the committee; then to Standards for styling/editing.  Public Comment in August/September.
  • AS 2885.4 Subsea: Current; no changes underway.
  • AS 2885.5 Pressure Testing:  committee kick off meeting in late June.
  • AS 2885.6 Pipeline Safety Management: Preparing final draft.  Publishing in October-ish.
  • AS 3862 FBE Coating: Currently being revised by committee.  Public Comment later this year.

And here it is in pictures

status jun 018




Nothing to report

It’s been a long time since the last Standards update.  Unfortunately, there’s not much to report.

AS 2885.0 (General Requirements) is with Standards for ‘styling and editing’.  We are hopeful of having this revision out for public comment in the next few weeks.

AS 2885.1 (Design and Construction) and AS 2885.6 (Pipeline Safety Management) are with Standards editing as well.  These will be out for another short public comment following directly after Part 0, probably by June.  I dislike making promises here…

AS 2885.2 (Welding) revision is also with Standards for its first go-round of editing.  It may be out for public comment by July.

AS 2885.3 (Operations and Maintenance) is with the Part 3 subcommittee for final drafting before going to Standards for editing.  Maybe August for public comment?

AS 2885.5 (Pressure Testing) has nominated its subcommittee and will be having a kickoff meeting soon to get that revision underway.  Realistically, Part 5 won’t be published until 2019.

AS 4822 (Field Joint Coating) had Public Comment over the year end break, which closed in January.  It’s been with Standards for several months and should be published any day now.

AS 3862 (FBE Coating) is convening a kickoff meeting this week, and will be revised to include dual layer FBE.


This is a bit of art on the riverside near the Jazz Club in Brisbane.  I like it, and it happens to be made up of several elbows and reducers, flanged or welded together, with a boat propeller at the end.  I wonder what Standard this one was built to.


Standards Update – Feb 2018

The ME-038 Main Committee met this week for our annual get-together to review and upgrade our strategies and coordinated approaches to our Portfolio of Standards, which includes the AS 2885 series, AS 4822 and AS 3862. It was a lively and productive meeting, with most of the committee members in attendance.

If all goes well, we anticipate:

  • AS 4822-2018 Publish – May 2018
  • AS 2885.0 – Public Comment – commencing in March / Publish in July 2018
  • AS 2885.1/.6 – second Public Comment – commencing in March / Publish in July 2018
  • AS 2885.3 – Public Comment – commencing in June / Publish in October 2018
  • AS 2885.2 and AS 2885.5 – awaiting next committee meetings to confirm timeframe for public comment and publication.

Other topics covered at our meeting included:

Defined Terms: moving them all to Part 0 – this will be a staged approach but all common terms will be moved for this year’s publication.  This means that you’ll need Part 0 (which you should have anyway), even if you think you haven’t needed it before.

Response to comments received: it’s not a Standards Australia requirement to advise commenters of their resolution, but we are trying to find a way to overcome this, even if in generalities a response, especially those topics that received a lot of feedback.

AS 2885 series – there was a strategy discussion around our portfolio and the AS 2885 series becoming very large and unwieldy, and containing a lot of ‘guidance’ rather than sticking to requirements.  Interestingly, it was also observed that a performance-based Standard with fewer requirements (not being a recipe book, like ours isn’t), you tend to need more guidance and therefore they tend to be longer and more dense than ‘cookbook’ standards.  We discussed whether the guidance should be moved into another document, or kept as is amongst the requirements text.  Currently this is unresolved but being contemplated amongst the committee.  A good point is that if you need the guidance to get it right, well you’ll need the guidance right there beside you anyway, so it may as well be part of the Standard.

Separately, on Thursday, I went to the Standards’ organisation ‘national update meeting’. Mostly the purpose of the session was to explain the process of Standards’ writing, which I’m already pretty familiar with.


Standards is launching a new ‘working area’ called “Incubator” which is attempting to be a place to ‘think outside the square’ for Standards development – recognising that we need to get away from ‘dumb pdfs’ and move to ‘smart info’ instead.

It’s encouraging – one example shown (for the user of a published Standard, rather than for development of the Standard) was a visual for waterproofing requirements, with hyperlinks to specific clauses.  Promising!


Currently there’s not much on the website, but I imagine that will change as they develop.







AS 4822 Field Joint Coating

The closing date for Public Commenting on AS 4822 Field Joint Coating is coming up fast, on January 18, 2018.

If you, or someone you know, uses AS 4822, it’s worth a quick review (but don’t worry about the grammar, typos or referencing – I think I got most of them).

I have put my comments in via the Standards website, as everyone is required to do for  comments to be considered.  Including my 33 comments, there are about 70 comments so far.  Mine were mostly Editorial (23 of them), meaning that Standards Australia editing process had missed out on referencing, typos and grammar edits.  Ah well.  Deep down I must really enjoy being the eagle-eye on these documents.

Here’s a summary of some of the technical changes that I have noted for myself:

  1. Addition of FJC types 5A and 5B, Amorphous low viscosity polyolefin with tape outer wrap (5A), and, with sleeve outer wrap (5B).
  2. Clause 3.3, Procedure Qualification Trial (PQT), no longer has the requirement that “The actual coating application time during the PQT shall not significantly exceed the estimated FJC time in the field”, this has been deleted.
  3. Clause 3.5, Pre-Production Trial (PPT) no longer requires that “The PPT shall be carried out in the presence of the end user at the start of the operations…”.  It now just requires “The PPT shall be carried out at the start of the operations…”
  4. In several locations where a requirement is a “should”, it has been turned into a Note with no change to the text.  I think this is ok, because neither “should” nor a Note are mandatory, so there is no change to requirements.
  5. The 2008 version had a mandatory Clause 3.7 Certificates of Compliance.  Due to Standards Australia being more stringent on applying their drafting rules, this whole clause has been moved to be in the informative appendix for purchasing guidelines (Appendix A).  It’s a bit of an odd rule but a Standard can set out the requirements, but cannot state how the requirement is to be conformed to (except as an informative appendix, or as a separate guidance document).  This is related to moving towards being performance-based (not prescriptive) Standards.

Next on the reviewing block will be either Part 3 (Operations and Maintenance) or Part 2 (Welding), both expected to be available for review in the next few months.

Happy reviewing!   Oh, and Happy New Year, too.