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(10) Patent N0.: (45) Date of Patent:
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PROCESS FOR MAPPING OFF-SITE PIPING SYSTEMS IN A REFINERY AND/OR PETROCHEMICAL FACILITY AND A SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING EMERGENCY ISOLATION AND RESPONSE IN A REFINERY AND/OR PETROCHEMICAL FACILITY

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(75) Inventors: Susan C. Hill, St. Amant, LA (US);
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Primary Examiner * Jonathan C Teixeira Moffat
Assistant Examiner * Hien V0

US 2012/0072175 A1

Mar. 22, 2012

(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm * Glenn T. Barrett

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ABSTRACT

(62) Division of application No. 11/898,284, ?led on Sep.
11, 2007, noW Pat. No. 8,095, 335.

A process of mapping piping systems associated With a re?n ery and petrochemical facilities is disclosed, Which maps

piping systems, Which interconnect facility operating units
With other operating units, utilities, distribution facilities and storage units. A system for aiding in the isolation of piping systems, operating units and other facility components is also
disclosed. The system includes a search database having rep

(60) Provisional application No. 60/843,397, ?led on Sep.
11, 2006.

(51) (52) (58)

Int. Cl.

resentations of the piping systems and its related components.

G01F 15/06
U.S. Cl.

(2006.01)
324/207.13

A method of isolating an event Within a facility is also dis closed. The method includes identifying the location of an

USPC ............. .. 702/152; 702/150; 702/5; 324/220;
Field of Classi?cation Search ................ .. 702/ 152,

event in the facility, performing a search to identify the

impacted piping systems and related components, and iden
tifying measures to isolate the event.

702/150, 176, 142, 2, 5, 51; 324/220, 207.13 See application ?le for complete search history.

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