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Success: AS2885.3-2022 published

Today, Standards Australia has published the revised AS2885.3-2022, Pipelines – Gas and liquid petroleum, Operations and maintenance. Congratulations and thanks to the Part 3 committee members, who worked hard for 5 years, through the pandemic and all, to reach this publication stage. If you have subscription licensed access to Part 3, please make sure your … Continue reading

AS2885.3 publication

Hello all For the past 4 months I’ve been “promising” (indirectly and with lots of caveats of course) that AS2885.3 would be published in August. I had high hopes, but of course now it’s September so that promise hasn’t been fulfilled. I followed up with Standards Australia this week, and they’ve apologised, and have prioritised … Continue reading

Book Club for Failures: New Date and Signup link

We have a new date and signup for the BCfF: Monday August 22nd, 4:15pm-5:00pm AEST Sign up is via Eventbrite, and the meeting will be hosted in Zoom. Sign up here. Our first session will be short (45mins), to gauge interest and check expectations. If we have time, we’ll talk about the APGA Engineer’s Practise … Continue reading

What interests you?

My recent webinar “Failure is Normal: A Tale of Two Bridges” generated some encouraging feedback, so I could be persuaded to present more webinars, if readers indicate sufficient interest.A couple of categories of possible topics come to mind; engineering practice, and more about learning from failure. Engineering Practice1) The Benefits of Engaging Independent Consultants(A discussion … Continue reading

Book Club for Failures

There is enough interest in Ted Metcalfe’s book list, and the idea of learning from failures, that it’s time to set up a book club. It’s a book club for people in the pipeline engineering industry, interested in learning from failures. Answering the question “what happened?”, and being better engineers and pipeliners because we’ve paid … Continue reading

Gaining Confidence

by Ted Metcalfe Do I know what I’m talking about? Experienced engineers are able to make engineering judgements with confidence. Some of the reasons why pipeline engineers using AS2885 may benefit from asking a question in relation to confidence include: 1) Maybe you are required to make a decision in relation to application of the … Continue reading

Asking Questions is the Easy Way to learn

Be a better pipeline engineer – ask the question! by: Ted Metcalfe We learn new information in many ways, and for many different reasons. Even when we are not trying to learn, or don’t think we need to learn, we seem to gather valuable information. For some people, lessons are really only learned if they … Continue reading

Accumulating Knowledge

by Ted Metcalfe. Ask the question! Some of the reasons why pipeline engineers may benefit from asking a question in relation to accumulating knowledge include: 1) Maybe the matter you are working on is a bit out of the ordinary, and you are not sure exactly which part of the Standard should apply. ….Which clause … Continue reading

Venting pits, and the value of

There was a recent query about the requirements of AS 2885.1 for venting below-ground structures such as valve pits. It turns out the Standard is incomplete, because an editorial change in 1997 inadvertently omitted a key sentence and no-one noticed until 25 years later. Subsequent revisions of the Standard had applied the “ain’t broke, don’t … Continue reading

Pigging a lined pipeline

A question has been submitted to which is outside the experience of the team, so we thought we see if someone else out there is able to help: A transmission pipeline was previously wire-brush pigged on a few occasions in the last 30 years. However the current operator has recently realised that the line … Continue reading


One of the difficult things about being an engineer (…besides everything you’ve just thought of…) is being able to recognise your own competency.  Knowing your own competency is essential, especially in high-risk industries like pipelines and other potentially hazardous industries.  Similarly, knowing the competency of the others around you is essential too. Not often contemplated … Continue reading

Pipelines, PECS and AS2885

Pipelines are buried out of sight and out of mind.   They crisscross our cities and farmlands and deserts.  They carry energy or water or slurries or other liquids and gases from source to destination.  Pipelines transporting energy have had a stellar century, with millions of kilometers of pipelines now installed all over the world. … Continue reading


A minor but important correction to the post on Use of alternative Standards: Towards the end of the second-last paragraph a vital “not” was left out. The affected sentence should read “Similarly ASME IX is written to meet the requirements of various standards including ASME B31.3 but does not meet all of the requirements of … Continue reading

Use of alternative Standards

A recent addition to answered a question about weld procedure qualification using other Standards. This provides a nice opportunity to address a broader issue that is perhaps under-appreciated. A general principle is that it is not appropriate to pick and choose from a mix of different Standards covering the same subject. Rather a single … Continue reading

Welding matters

A new section has been added to to cover questions about welding, with five entries already (scroll down towards the bottom of the home page). Most topics relate to Part 2 but there are already a couple of questions arising from in-service welding and inspection under Part 3. Other welding questions are welcome.


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