Dr. Jun Zhang and Michael Twomey have combined their 60 years of experience in the pipeline industry and pipeline leak detection to produce a book titled ‘Introduction to Pipeline Leak Detection’.
Zhang developed the statistical pipeline leak detection method, the most deployed leak detection technology in the world while working for Shell Oil. Over the last two decades Zhang continued research and development of statistical volume balance, advanced real time transient modelling and rarefaction wave leak detection systems.
Zhang holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, MSc in Control Systems, PhD in Fault Detection and Diagnosis and MBA. She has authored and co-authored ten technical papers between 1999 and 2016 on pipeline leak detection technologies.
Michael Twomey, has a BSc., and has worked in the pipeline industry in Europe, and the Americas for over 35 years. Michael is an industry innovator who has presented numerous times at international pipeline conferences.
Pipeline spills occur as pipeline infrastructure ages and more hazardous products are transported. Regrettably, too many leak detection systems fail to detect these leaks, and other leak detection systems are ignored by the operators because they are unreliable. Thus, leaks that should have been small spills become disasters that cost pipeline owners millions of dollars.
When pipeline leak detection is understood and valued companywide from the top ranks of the organisation to the field operators, pipeline companies reduce the consequences of pipeline spills.
‘Introduction to Pipeline Leak Detection’ explains the key leak detection technologies deployed to detect leaks on pipelines today in simple concise language that is easily understood by everyone.