Communicate and monitor pipeline activities

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver PMAOPS330B, 'Communicate and monitor pipeline activities'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Gather information about pipeline operation needs.

1.1. Respond to and record messages and information received from field operations and pipeline system stations

1.2. Interpret and acknowledge alarm codes correctly to ensure the correct response strategy is selected and applied to the situation

1.3. Clarify additional information needs and select an appropriate communication medium to deliver the information required

1.4. Improve operational efficiency through adequate and timely application of information provided

1.5. Interpret and action customer/shipper gas forecasts to ensure correct gas flow rates into the pipeline system are achieved.

2. Communicate pipeline information.

2.1. Monitor activities of pipeline personnel in the field and data from the control centre

2.2. Evaluate internal messages and response communications concerning system alarms/incidents to establish the scope and severity of the alarm/ incident

2.3. Convey pipeline system operation information to relevant personnel in other work areas to ensure safe and efficient operation of the pipeline system

2.4. Relay information to technicians and other services/parties so that fault finding or safety checks can be conducted to identify risks to product supply, pipeline equipment, environment and personnel

2.5. Authorise, record and monitor permits to work to allow operational activities to be undertaken or cancelled.

3. Coordinate pipeline systems operations.

3.1. Monitor field and pipeline station operations data

3.2. Monitor and observe equipment operating conditions, pressures and temperatures, and maintain correct equipment operating parameters

3.3. Identify faults and initiate the required repair or reporting of the fault

3.4. Isolate identified faults in the pipeline as appropriate

3.5. Respond to system alarms and emergencies

3.6. Determine the required course of action or emergency response to the identified system condition/ emergency

3.7. Complete and document pre-shutdown checks

3.8. Shut down the pipeline system under either normal or emergency conditions in accordance with operating procedures

3.9. Confirm all identified maintenance is in compliance with the permit to work system and administer to ensure that all work complies with all issued permits.

4. Record and report.

4.1. Record and monitor field personnel movements to ensure the safety of all personnel in the field

4.2. Report safety and environmental risks or faulty equipment to designated personnel for further action or advice concerning the selection of the appropriate response or course of action

4.3. Interpret and maintain field inspection records and reports

4.4. Complete operations and production reports

4.5. Perform shift handover procedures.

5. Control hazards.

5.1. Identify hazards in work area

5.2. Assess the risks arising from those hazards

5.3. Implement measures to control those risks in line with procedures and duty of care.

6. Resolve problems.

6.1. Identify possible problems in equipment or process

6.2. Determine problems needing action

6.3. Determine possible fault causes

6.4. Rectify problem using appropriate solution within area of responsibility

6.5. Follow items initiated up until final resolution has occurred

6.6. Report problems outside area of responsibility to designated person.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMAOPS330B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMA30108 - Certificate III in Process Plant Operations
  • PMA40108 - Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology