Pipeline Automation and Communications

Flow Data is a value-added partner, capable of solving automation and communication complexities for your pipeline project. We have experience with Midstream automation needs and are capable of handling projects ranging from a few hundred miles to those 1,200 miles or more.

Centralized Control Room Data

Flow Data provides automation solutions that allow you to oversee the operation of multiple pipeline assets from a central control room, covering compiling data for a range of midstream processes, including:

  • Receipt metering LACTs
  • Delivery metering LACTs
  • Block Valves
  • Truck stations
  • Pump stations
  • Terminals

We begin by first outlining a program to collectively capture data for control, measurement, information, communication, and leak detection systems. Then the team spends time focused on developing communication and power solutions for any variable installation needs.

Control Panels

The design and engineering of control panels are constructed in Flow Data’s UL Certified panel shop. We work with panels that may contain I/O’s ranging from <50 to 1000+. Our custom panels can be made to control and operate the pipeline’s LACT units, block valves, pump stations, and terminals. Given the range or remoteness of a given pipeline operation, we can incorporate solar-powered system skids, sized to the application. Flow Data can complete both the panel and solar equipment field installations.

SCADA, PLC and HMI Programming

For your Control Room, we can establish screens and alarms in compliance with regulatory PHMSA code, create standard operational reports, and integrate scheduled measurement data transfers to your operational accounting system.

We also provide development of the Cause and Effect and Control narrative between your operations team and any contracted engineering firms. Flow Data provides PLC and HMI programming for all field sites, the configuration of measurement systems, set up of batching sequences, and establishment of printer utilities for truck and pump stations, and terminals. Flow Data can finalize all instrument programming, commissioning, and initialize start-up.

Flow Data Does More

Flow Data delivers value because we can do more than standard system integrators:

  • We are control systems consultants, helping to define the scope and provide engineering support
  • We are involved in the design process at all phases of the project
  • We provide dedicated program management
  • We invest more in engineering to design the right solution for the client
  • We examine possible issues, identify efficiencies, and provide cost/value comparisons

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