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Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference (PPIM)

Meet with our advisory and software technical experts at booth #945 to discuss pipeline risk and safety management.

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Tara Podnar McMahan Tara Podnar McMahan
Head of Section

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Event Information

  • Where:

    Houston, TX

  • Venue:

    George R. Brown

Pipeline integrity and risk management  Pipeline operators have increasingly stringent safety and environmental regulatory requirements to comply with and are simultaneously faced with performance challenges of continuity of supply and increased asset throughput. This is particularly challenging with an ageing asset infrastructure in many regions of the world. Systems must be operationally safe and with low environmental impact by design.  

Oil & Gas pipeline advisory services Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 14,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. 

Digital Solutions for pipeline integrity management Synergi Pipeline software enables safe and efficient pipeline operations, documents risk and gives a clear overview of the integrity of offshore and onshore pipelines. Additionally our software supports integrity and risk management in all phases of your asset’s lifecycle, from assessing the pipeline’s risk to managing and analyzing inspection data, to planning mitigation actions.

Presentations:-

20th February 2019, Wednesday

  • Time
    Title/Description
    Speaker
  • 15:00 -15:30

    Nondestructive testing of pipeline materials: Analysis of chemical composition from metal filings

    Roughly 10,000 "Baby Boomers" will turn 65 every day for the next decade.  This trend is particularly acute in Oil & Gas as boom and bust cycles continue to displace the workforce.  The pipeline industry can adapt to the changing workforce.  The desired result is reduced time to competency, saving money.  A key success factor is the ability to build up expert competence fast.

    Speaker:

    John Godfrey

    Principal Consultant

    Tara McMahan

    Principal Engineer / Manager

  • 17:00 -17:30

    Challenges associated with pit-to-pit matching (or how to know when corrosion is taking place)

    In-line inspections provide valuable information about reported anomalies on a pipeline.  By comparing results from successive inspections, a pipeline operator can identify locations where corrosion growth is occurring and, sometimes, estimate corrosion growth rates.  But matching reported anomalies from two inspections is difficult due to uncertainties and variabilities associated with each inspection.  Pipeline operators have no clear guidelines on how to match anomalies and extract good corrosion growth rate information.

    Speaker:

    Dr. Thomas Bubenik

    Senior Principal Engineer and Vice President - DNV GL

    Steven Polasik

    Senior Engineer - DNV GL

    Zach Booth

    Associate Engineer - DNV GL

21st February 2019, Thursday

  • Time
    Title/Description
    Speaker
  • 8:00 -8:30

    Nondestructive testing of pipeline materials: analysis of chemical composition from metal filings

    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed new requirements for verification of pipeline materials where traceable, verifiable, and complete records do not exist. This verification requires knowledge of material properties, including strength and chemical composition, and PG&E is evaluating the use of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methodologies for determination of these properties.

    Speaker:

    Melissa Gould Senior Engineer - DNV GL Bill Amend Senior Project Manager - DNV GL Mary Louie Exponent Dr. Monty Liong Exponent Nathan Switzner Exponent Dr. Peter Veloo Exponent Troy Rovella PG&E Peter Martin, PG&E

    Senior Engineer - DNV GL

    Bill Amend

    Senior Project Manager - DNV GL

    Mary Louie

    Exponent

    Dr. Monty Liong

    Exponent

    Nathan Switzner

    Exponent

    Dr. Peter Veloo

    Exponent

    Troy Rovella

    PG&E

    Peter Martin

    PG&E

  • 8:30 -9:00

    Evaluation of limitations and applicability of stress and strain concentration factors for use in engineering critical assessments of dents

    The pipeline industry continues to strive for improvements when evaluating the severity of dents. As one current example, API is developing a Recommended Practice “Assessment and Management of Dents in Pipelines” with one of the objectives to provide guidance on engineering critical assessments of dents.

    Speaker:

    Shanshan Wu

    Senior Engineer - DNV GL

    Dr. Thomas Bubenik

    Senior Principal Engineer and Vice President - DNV GL

    Joseph Bratton

    Senior Engineer - DNV GL

    David Kemp

    Senior Engineer - DNV GL

  • 14:00 -14:30

    Investigation of crack assessment parameters for a hypothetical pipeline

    Selecting the appropriate assessment method for a pipeline system requires an understanding of the pipeline segment, the potential threats to the pipeline segment, and the various assessment methods and technologies available along with their performance capabilities.

    Speaker:

    Tara McMahan

    Principal Engineer / Manager - DNV GL

    Eric Graft

    Associate Engineer - DNV GL

    Dr. Thomas Bubenik

    Senior Principal Engineer and Vice President - DNV GL