MANAGEMENT consultancy and technology services company Accenture has teamed with GE Oil & Gas for the launch of an industrial internet technology designed to make oil and gas pipeline operations safer and more efficient.

The companies’ Intelligent Pipeline Solution (IPS) combines GE’s predictivity software system Pipeline Management with Accenture’s digital technology and systems integration capabilities.

IPS is the first product developed as part of a strategic global alliance formed by GE and Accenture in 2013, with the companies agreeing to develop technology and analytics applications.

Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) will be the first to implement the technology across its network, located within the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.

CPG president of operations and project delivery Shawn Patterson said the company needed an agile and comprehensive pipeline solution which allowed for a more real-time view of pipeline integrity.

GE Measurement and Control chief executive Brian Palmer said the software helped operators prioritise where valuable resources were needed most and helped them to respond to potential events with a higher level of confidence.

“We anticipate transportation pipeline companies using the solution will see operational efficiency improvements in integrity, maintenance, safety and regulatory compliance,” he said.