DCVG stands for Direct Current Voltage Gradient and is a survey technique used for assessing Initially international companies utilising the “CIPS” and “Pearson ” technique were engaged. Ike Solomon and Matthew Wong of Wilson Walton. NACE • ECDA Seminar. Houston Indirect Inspection – „Clean Data‟. • Influence testing. • CIPS / DCVG (ACVG). • AC Attenuation. • Soil Resistivity. Close interval potential surveys (CIPS) are the backbone of pipeline integrity. They determine the effectiveness of the cathodic protection system which provides.

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The quality and condition of the pipeline coating can significantly affect the level of cathodic protection on a pipeline. Is my asset protected and dccvg compliance with the regulations?

Direct Current Voltage Gradient (DCVG) Survey – Alpha Pipeline Integrity Services, Inc.

Despite some digital meters being available, many surveyors prefer to use a dial voltmeter for simple interpretation in the field. Peabody, Control of Pipeline Corrosion2nd ed.

If available, the analyst may add other data such as a polarization study or inline inspection indications to the graph. Ci;s continued through the years, driven by frustrated field surveyors, electronics technicians, and engineers. Sheriff’s Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, fourth edition. Depending on the terrain, the surveyors dfvg be walking to either side of the pipe being surveyed lateral or walking in a line on top of the pipe longitudinal.

As the analyst utilizes more information sources, it is easier for the pipeline operator to make informed decisions. To measure the differences in the voltage gradients the output of the CP system is interrupted at time cycle.

Publishers Content Coverage Privacy. If the calculated potential is graphed along with the low and high readings, there are six lines of data in the same space—too many to easily interpret.

Proceedings of an international conference Diverless and Deepwater Techology: With the use of electronic field instruments, it can be easier for the surveyor to verify that he or she is recording accurate data when the reading is taken; however, the success of this process depends on how the data are presented to the surveyor and the ease with which he or she can interpret them in fast moving field conditions. Assembling and distilling this information is necessary, and failure to properly analyze the source data can lead to catastrophic errors.


Long pipelines frequently have more than one DC supply for their CP, requiring a number of synchronised interrupters to perform a survey.

Some practitioners have promoted Cps surveys as the solution to all corrosion problems on a pipeline. All recording was done manually and dependent on the interpretation of the surveyor.

Practical voltmeters were first developed in the s and had a dial face connected to a moving coil galvanometer. In addition, the direction of current flow can be detected with DCVG surveys.

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Standard DCVG surveys are similar to a car speedometer: Corrosion Protection and Control Service Specialist. Although it is not intended to be a coating condition survey, information on the condition of the coating can be inferred from the results.

The larger the shift or gradient, the closer the surveyor is to the coating defect. Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references Articles with topics of unclear notability from October All articles with topics of unclear notability Articles with multiple maintenance issues All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November Articles with unsourced statements from August Peer reviewed only Published between: Retrieved from ” https: She holds a B.

They determine the effectiveness of the cathodic protection system which provides protection against corrosion.

If any of the data sets are very close together, the lines will stack on the graph and both cps may not be visible. The DCVG technique was developed to locate coating faults, quantify their severity and measure the effectiveness of the Cathodic protection used without having to disturb the pipeline.


The explosion of semiconductors, integrated circuits, and computers in the s and s revolutionized the corrosion industry. In the s, the addition of global positioning satellite GPS vips kept the survey instruments in perfect synchronization with the supporting equipment, such as the current interrupters.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. This does not scale the data to the length of pipe walked or expose any areas missed by the surveyor.

The Surveyor When performing pipeline integrity surveys, it is important for the surveyor to have a method to monitor the incoming data. Now, instead of three or four lines, there can be 10 or dvvg. Field testing of the method was first performed on the Shell White Oil Pipeline. It is now possible to establish the location of each pipe-to-soil potential recorded with an accuracy of less than one metre in most parts of the world – see Figure No.

To evaluate the pipeline coating, the DCVG survey was developed in the s and has typically been performed with very cps moving coil meters. In addition, many Clients now specify DCVG surveys as the final acceptance survey of a newly built pipeline.

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A serious coating breakdown was found at “13m”. The analog DCVG meter shows movement if there is any change in the voltage in synchronization with the CP interruption cycle. This is accomplished by using two needles on the graphics dial; the more distance between the two needles, dcvy larger the gradient. By creating icons and colors for certain types of results and overlaying those results on a satellite or similar map, a better view of the overall pipeline integrity can be understood.