Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
George R. Brown Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel
January 29 - February 1, 2018

Conference Program

Updated November 17, 2017

Program Advisory Committee

  • David Aguiar – Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Dr Tom Bubenik – DNV GL
  • Matt Hastings – Williams
  • Everett Johnson – Marathon
  • Dr Keith Leewis – L & A, Inc.
  • BJ Lowe – Clarion Technical Conferences
  • Jim Marr – Marr Associates Pipeline Integrity Ltd.
  • Garry Matocha – Enbridge
  • Bryan Melan – Tide Water Integrity Services LLC
  • Paul Monsour – Sempra Utilities
  • John O’Brien – Chevron Corporation
  • Steve Rapp – Spectra
  • Jerry Rau – RCP
  • Terry Shamblin – EQT Midstream
  • John Tiratsoo – Tiratsoo Technical
  • Nelson Tonui – Kinder Morgan Canada Inc.
  • George Williamson – BP


Wednesday, January 31
1 - Opening Plenary Session
8:00 Opening remarks
8:15 [1] Keynote address: 30 years – technology, materials, and integrity looking back and into the future, by Simon Webster, Chief Engineer Materials, BP, Sunbury-on-Thames, UK
8:45 [2] ILI validation: what are we trying to prove?, by Ian Smith
9:15 [3] Analysis of ILI vendor performance on Enable Midstream’s pipeline system, by Joel Anderson, Enable Midstream, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
10:30 [4] Quality management systems: starting your pipeline off on the right foot, by Melissa Gould and Megan Weichel, DNV GL, Katy, TX, USA
11:00 [5] Identification of a unique geometry that contributed to pipeline ratcheting:  numerical and metallurgical findings, by David B. Futch, Dr Melanie Sarzynski, and Brent A. Vyvial, Stress Engineering Services, Houston, TX, USA
11:30 [6] Key differences of integrity management regulations and recommended practices for hazardous liquids versus gas pipelines, by Andrew R. Lutz, Satish Pabba, Jay Kaufmann, and Dr Tom Bubenik, DNV GL, Katy, TX, USA
12:00 [7] Benefits of networking between the pipeline industry and the AIST Pipe & Tube Technology Committee, by John Cline, Vectren, Evansville, IL, USA
12:30 Lunch

2- Corrosion and SCC

3 - Cracks

4 - ILI (1)

  Chairman: TBA Chairman: TBA Chairman: TBA
2:00 [8] A case study application EMAT ILI for management of SCC in natural gas pipelines, by Stephan Tappert, Baker Hughes, and Casey Lajaunie and Steve Potts, Williams [23] A probabilistic method for prioritizing repairs following an ILI crack tool run, by Dr Ted Anderson, TL Anderson Consulting, and Jim Andrew and Jason Moritz, Koch Pipeline [38] A case study for ILI false-positives, by Matthew Ellinger, DNV GL, Dublin, OH, USA
2:30 [9] Pipeline operator and inspection company collaboration to improve in pinhole and pitting corrosion inspections, by Thomas Hennig, Thomas Meinzer, and Nathan Leslie, NDT Global, and Josh Dobrzeniecki, Marathon Pipe Line [24] CorLAS - the next generation, by Dr Tom Bubenik, DNV GL, Dublin, OH, USA [39] Baseline and follow-up inspections: getting a head start on pipeline health, by Lisa Barkdull and Kai Xin Toh, Quest Integrity

[10] Safe criterion for eliminating SCC on pipelines by metal removal, by Dr Jing Ma and Michael Rosenfeld, Kiefner and Associates, Inc., Dublin, OH, USA [25] Assessment of pipeline crack and crack-like colonies: a case study, by Johnathan Hardy and Dr Mike Kirkwood, TD Williamson, Salt Lake City, UT, USA [40] IWEX a full matrix capture technique and the next generation of advanced ultrasonic testing, by Harvey Haines, Kiefner and Associates, Inc., Dublin, OH, USA
3:30 Coffee
4:30 [11] Limitations associated with ILI technologies used for assessing corrosion under insulation, by Andrew Kendrick, Kendrick Consulting LLC [26] Is the Paris fatigue crack growth relation the only model appropriate for pressure cycle fatigue analysis of pipelines?, by Sergio Limon and Robert Pilarczyk, Elevara Partners, Salt Lake City, UT, USA [41] Stress analysis of an exposed pipe with an ILI tool, by Dr Deli Yu, TransCanada Pipelines Ltd, Calgary, AB, Canada, and Dr Yuan Wei, Simon Park, and Dr LePing Li, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
 5:00 [12] Preventing the onset of corrosion and removing safety hazards for the pipeline industry, by Matthew Boucher and Buddy Powers, Clock Spring Company LLC, Houston, TX, USA [27] Crack inspections in liquid natural gases, by Thomas Hennig, Ernesto Suarez, Rogelio Jesus Guajardo, and Peter Haberl, NDT Global [42] The development of in-situ test spools for assessing the performance of ILI tools during pipeline inspections, by Colton Sheets and Puneet Agarwal, Stress Engineering Services, Inc., and Matt Krieg, Marathon Pipe Line, LLC
5:30 End of day, Exhibition reception
Thursday, February 1
  5 - Modeling 6 - Composites and repair 7 - ILI 2
  Chairman: TBA   Chairman: TBA
8:00 [13] Recent PHMSA protocols for improving models to consider complex loadings and interactive threats, by Eduardo Munoz, Kiefner and Associates, Inc., Columbus, OH, USA [28] A comparison of steel vs composite sleeves for pipeline repairs, by Jerry Rau, RCP, Inc., Houston, TX, USA, and Shawn Laughlin, Pipe Spring LLC, Houston., TX, USA [43] A case study how reduced uncertainties of latest generation of ultrasonic crack-detection ILI technology benefit engineering-criticality assessments, Stephan Tappert, Baker Hughes, Stutensee, Germany
8:30 [14] Modeling pipeline metal loss defects at tool speed, by Matthew Romney, TD Williamson, Salt Lake City, UT, USA [29] Monitoring the condition of a pipeline repair and the anomaly beneath the repair, by Alan Turner, Lloyd’s Register, USA [44] Multi-diameter ILI tools: a cost-effective solution for the inspection of complex pipeline systems, by Dr Hubert Lindner and Michael Schorr, Rosen Group, Lingen, Germany
9:00 [15] Modeling of real crack profiles using finite element analysis, by Alex Brett and Dr Bob Andrews, Rosen Group, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK [30] Utilizing consecutive ILIs to monitor corrosion growth underneath composite repair applications, by Kevin Spencer, Baker Hughes, Calgary, AB, Canada, and Kevin Seaman, Williams Gas Pipeline [45] Finding and assessing the severity of interacting threats using ILI, by Sarah Jane Dawson, Geoffrey Hurd, and Lisa Hollick, Baker Hughes, Cramlington, UK
9:30 Coffee
  8 - Data 9 - Integrity assessment 10 - Offshore
  Chairman: TBA Chairman: TBA Chairman: TBA
10:30 [16] Teaching old data new tricks using data science, by Jeffrey Lachey and Tony Alfano, DNV GL, Columbus, OH, USA [31] Determining the acceptability of bottom side dents with metal loss, by Rhett Dotson and C. Holliday, Rosen Group, Houston, TX, USA [46] Effective inspection solutions for coated & non-coated subsea pipelines, by Andreas Boenisch, Hans Gruitroij, and Sebastian Hartmann, Innospection Ltd, Aberdeen, UK
11:00 [17] Statistical approaches for assessment of ILI data: two case studies, by Puneet Agarwal, Stress Engineering Services, Houston, TX, USA [32] Considerations and methodology for seam integrity analysis, by Ramsey Hilton and Michael Rosenfeld, Kiefner and Associates, Columbus, OH, USA [47] Minimum bore restriction in offshore liquid pipelines, by Wayne Fleury, Halfwave A/S, Øvre Ervik, Norway
11:30 [18] Benefits of leveraging advanced data integration and information analysis methods, during the ILI criticality analysis and repair decision process, by Chad Haegelin and Eric Coyle, Integrity Solutions Ltd, Houston, TX, USA [33] Engineering-critical assessment for maximum allowable operating pressure verification, by Pushpendra Tomar, Phillip Nidd, and Benjamin Mittelstadt, Dynamic Risk Assessment, The Woodlands, TX, USA [48] Parametric study of deep-water pipe-in-pipe flowline during installation, by Mary Tayo Akolawole and Yongchang Pu, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
12:00 [19] Assessing repeat ILI data using signal-to-signal comparison techniques, by Sarah Jane Dawson, Geoffrey Hurd, and Lisa Hollick, Baker Hughes, Cramlington, UK [34] Pipeline integrity for industrial metropolitans: managing the urban infrastructure crisis, by Ron Maurier, Quest Integrity, USA, and T.Y. Liang, Formosa Plastics Corporation, Taiwan [49] External subsea pipeline inspection through coating, by Willem Vos, Halfwave A/S, Øvre Ervik, Norway
12:30 Lunch
  11 - Unpiggable Pipeline Solutions [35] Quantification of uncertainty in input variables to understand the variance in fitness-for-service assessments, by Bruce Young, Jennifer M O'Brian, and Mitchell A. Doerzbacher, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH, USA 12 - ILI 3
  Chairman: Dr Keith Leewis, Leewis & Assocs, Duncan, BC, Canada Chairman: TBA
2:00 [20] The challenge of small pipelines, small defects, and small flow figures, by Peter van Beugen, Pipesurvey International, Zwijndrecht, Netherlands [50] ILI of hydrogen-carrying pipelines, by Ronald Wills and Tod Barker, TD Williamson, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, and Ronald M Wills, Air Products, USA
2:30 [21] Small diameter tools for low-flow and low-pressure environments, by Tod Barker and Ronald Wills, TD Williamson, Salt Lake City, UT, USA [36] Going from in-situ nondestructive testing to a probabilistic MAOP, by Michael Rosenfeld and Dr Jing Ma, Kiefner and Associates, Inc., Columbus, OH, USA, and Troy Rovella and Peter Veloo, Pacific Gas & Electric, Los Angeles, CA, USA [51] ILI: a superior tool over pressure testing for integrity management, by Scott Riccardella and Pete Riccardella, Structural Integrity Associates, Centennial, CO, USA
3:00 [22] Robotic ILI of various unpiggable pipelines; over a bridge, under a river, buried, and compressor station piping, by Aaron Huber, Diakont, Calle Fortunada, CA, USA [37] Novel and practical approach to consistently assess risk for multiple asset types, by Mauricio Palomino, Christian Calvi, and Yeliz Cevik, G2 Integrated Solutions, Houston, TX, USA [52] Using state-of-the-art ILI services to support fitness-for-purpose assessments, by Simon Slater, Rosen Group, Houston, TX, USA
3:30 Coffee, End of conference

 Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences     Tiratsoo Technical

 Platinum Elite Sponsor


 Platinum Sponsors

Riccardelli Consulting Services, Inc (RCS)   Enduro

Gold Sponsor

 NDT    Halfwave

 Silver Sponsors

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 Supported by

the In Line Inspection Association        PRCI     PPSA    

 Official Media Partners

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