OSU Institute of Technology opened a new training facility called the Phillips 66 Pipeline Integrity Outdoor Lab, bringing hands-on, real-world experience to pipeline integrity students.
The teaching space is located behind the school’s newest building, Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center. The space contains 350 feet of underground pipeline and an active rectifier that provides cathodic protection to the pipes.
According to Pipeline Integrity Technology instructor Joe Bartlett, the pipeline simulates real-life activities and allows students to take surveys and readings just like they would in the field.
“This facility allows a student to leave OSUIT with more confidence that they are ready for their internships and ultimately ready for the future as a pipeline integrity professional,” said Bartlett.
The goal of the Pipeline Integrity program is safety for the public, the environment, and pipeline infrastructure, and the new training facility will help achieve that, according to Bartlett.