PRCI Collaborates with PHMSA to Enhance Pipeline Safety and Integrity

Fri, October 04, 2019


Chantilly, Virginia, October 4, 2019 - Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) announces that it has been awarded seven contracts for research projects from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that will be co-funded by PRCI and will be a platform to enhance the safety of our nation’s critical pipeline infrastructure.

PRCI is honored to have received the most awards of any organization from one Research Announcement in PHMSA’s history. This unprecedented award and nearly $4 million dollar investment of government funding represents a significant opportunity to work collaboratively with PHMSA to further improve pipeline safety and integrity. 

PRCI President Cliff Johnson stated, “This announcement and decision by PHMSA is a true indication that PRCI is recognized as the leading energy pipeline research organization and showcases our members’ commitment to making impactful advancements in technology and R&D to improve pipeline safety and performance.”

The specific research projects that PRCI has been awarded are:

  • Validate In-Line Inspection (ILI) Capabilities to Detect/Characterize Mechanical Damage
  • Advance Computed Tomography (CT) for Pipeline Inspection
  • Improve ILI Sizing Accuracy
  • Systematize 20 Years of Mechanical Damage Research
  • Improve Dent/Cracking Assessment Methods
  • Increase Computational Pipeline Monitoring (CPM) Performance with Liquid Leaks
  • Develop Remote Sensing and Leak Detection Platforms that can Deploy Multiple Sensor Types

For additional information on the projects, please visit PHMSA R&D website.

Background on Research Announcement
In February 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released a Research Announcement (RA) to solicit proposals for research projects to address key pipeline safety challenges.  The basis of the content of the RA stemmed from the outcomes of the PHMSA Pipeline R&D Forum which was held in September 2018 in Baltimore to identify key pipeline safety challenges, share information on current R&D efforts, and recommended research to meet the identified challenges.  The forum was attended by approximately 200 representatives from government agencies, academia, natural gas and liquid pipeline operators, industry trade associations, and industry researchers, including numerous PRCI members and staff.  The RA featured many topics identified by PRCI members at the forum and are aligned with PRCI’s highest priority Research Objectives.

About Pipeline Research Council International
PRCI is a non-profit research organization that is comprised of energy pipeline operating companies located in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, South America, and the United States. Augmenting the pipeline membership are associate members drawn from companies in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the United States that serve the industry as pipe and equipment manufacturers, service providers, and vendors. To learn more about PRCI, visit