Gas leak surveys are routinely undertaken to ensure the safety and integrity of Gas Supply infrastructure, with competent gas survey technicians required to adhere to a range of legislative requirements.
The rapid expansion of Remote pilot aircraft systems (RPAS) both in Australia and internationally has led to the need to enhance vocational skills required to safely operate and control RPAS within a broader range of operating environments. RPAS technology is increasingly used for pipeline patrolling and leak surveying of pipe line infrastructure. It reduces survey duration and costs and enables high levels of survey capability in remote or inaccessible pipeline locations. Gas Supply infrastructure surveys undertaken using RPAS reduce safety risks during potentially dangerous gas leak survey operations and incidents.
The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) proposed this project to develop two new Units of Competency to support the skills needs of gas technicians undertaking foot and vehicle gas leak surveys and a range of gas industry tasks and other relevant industry skills that may also be undertaken using RPAS. The Gas IRC will consult with the Aviation IRC to ensure that the skill needs of the Gas Supply industry are considered during development of current and future RPAS skills, and ensure alignment with remote pilot licensing requirements, aviation safety, and Gas Supply industry skill requirements.
The Gas IRC will have oversight of this project which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.
Regular project updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Industry Manager Jason Lazar.