A key part of integrity management is data management.

We start our integrity management program by identifying threats, and this requires good data, and the whole process for planning for pipeline integrity management involves data management [1], Figure 1:

  • management of change plan;
  • risk assessment;
  • integrity management plan;
  • performance plan;
  • communications plan;
  • quality control plan;
  • data management plan; and,
  • audit and review plan.
Figure 1. Pipeline Integrity Planning [1].

Data must be managed: its availability, usability, quality, integrity, and security requires a defined set of procedures and a plan to execute those procedures. There needs to be a data management plan.


  1. Anon., ‘Managing System Integrity of Gas Pipelines’, ASME B31.8S-2014. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. New York, USA. 2014.