Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
George R. Brown Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel
February 27 - March 2, 2017

Conference Program

Updated January 25, 2017

Program Advisory Committee

  • Dr Thomas Bubenik, DNV GL
  • Matt Hastings, Access Midstream
  • Everett Johnson, Marathon Oil
  • B.J. Lowe, Clarion
  • Jim Marr, TransCanada
  • John O’Brien, Chevron
  • Steve Rapp, Spectra Energy
  • Jerry Rau, RCP, Inc.
  • Terry Shamblin, EQT
  • John Tiratsoo, Tiratsoo Technical
  • George Williamson, BP

Wednesday 1 March

  Chairman: Pat Vieth, Past-Chair, ASME Pipeline Systems Division, and Board Chair, Young Pipeline Professionals USA, Inc.




[1] The American pipeline dilemma: how we got there and a partial prescription for moving forward, by Jeff Wiese, TRC Solutions, Reston, VA, USA


[2] A qualification route map for the pipeline industry, by Michelle Unger, Rosen Group, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and Dr Phil Hopkins, PHL, Whitley Bay, UK


[3] Closing the generational gap, by Jerry Rau, RCP, Inc., Houston, TX, USA, and Jane Rau, JTrain Inc., Houston, TX, USA




[4] Preparing to transfer and accept the duty of care, by Chris Yoxall, Rosen Group, Houston, TX, USA, and Eric Lang, Enbridge Energy Partners, Houston, TX, USA


[5] Developing a new pipeline management system from scratch, by James Kenny, Stantec Consulting, Calgary, AB, Canada


[6] ALARP and zero leak tolerance - applications for the pipeline industry, by Phillip Nidd, Dynamic Risk, The Woodlands, TX, USA







  Chairman: Everett Johnson, Marathon Oil Company, Kenedy, TX, USA Chairman: George Williamson, BP, Houston., TX, USA Chairman: Terry Shamblin, EQT Midstream, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Materials & testing

Regulations & best practice

Integrity assessment & management


[7] Human-centric approach to improve pipeline NDE, by Patrick McCormack, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH, USA

[21] The Liquid and Gas Mega Rules - pigs in a poke?, by John Jacobi, G2 Integrated Solutions, Houston, TX, USA

[36] Pipeline integrity management: program or system? The key to success, by Enrique Acuña, Dandilion Ingeniería Ltda, Santiago, Chile


[8] TBA

[22] A change in paradigm…. TVC will be process and not a project in the future, by Amy Jo McKean, TRC, Kansas City, MO, USA, and Rich Henry, TRC, Englewood, CO, USA

[37] A review of pipeline defect-assessment methods: Pipeline Defect-Assessment Manual, 2nd Edition, by Susannah Turner, Penspen Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


[9] Comprehensive NDE technology assessment for LF-ERW seam anomalies, by Jennifer O’Brien, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH, USA, and Pushpendra Tomar and J. Bruce Nestleroth, Kiefner & Assocs, Columbus, OH, USA

[23] Effectively assessing the piggability of pipelines – an innovative approach, by Stefan Vages, Rosen Group, Calgary, AB, Canada

[38] Probabilistic determination of pipe grade, by Michael Rosenfeld and Dr Jing Ma, Kiefner & Assocs, Columbus, OH, USA




[10] ILI and NDE characterization of pipeline manufacturing flaws and confirmation through full-scale testing, by David Futch, Ronald W. Scrivner, and Rhett L. Dotson, Stress Engineering Services, Houston, TX, USA, and Andrew Pulsifer, Enable Midstream Partners, Houston, TX, USA

Cracks & leaks

[39] On-site visits provide proven cost-reduction and value for uninspected pipelines, by Geert Bontekoe and Laurie Todd, Quest Integrity Group, Stafford, TX, USA

[24] Managing the seam-weld crack threat: common pitfalls and recent progress, by Dr Ted Anderson, Team Industrial Services, Longmont, CO, USA, and Gregory Brown, Quest Integrity, USA, Boulder, CO, USA


[11] In-ditch materials verification methods and equipment for steel strength and toughness, by Michael J. Tarkanian, Steven D. Palkovic, Kotaro Taniguchi, and Dr Simon C. Bellemare, Massachusetts Materials Technologies, Cambridge, MA, USA

[25] A case study on circumferential-crack detection, by Thomas Hennig, NDT Global Corporate Ltd, Dublin, Ireland, Mark Brimacombe, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, Calgary, AB, Canada, and Cory Wargacki, NDT Global Corporate Ltd, Dublin, Ireland

[40] The use of PGS ILI technology and Pipeline DNA process to determine the populations of undocumented pipeline sections, by Christopher Deleon, Simon Slater, Thomas Eiken, and Daniel Molenda, Rosen Group, Houston, TX, USA


End of day, Exhibition reception

Thursday 2 March





  Chairman: Roland Palmer-Jones, Rosen Group, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Chairman: Dr Tom Bubenik, DNV GL, Dublin, OH, USA Chairman: Jerry Rau, RCP, Inc, Houston., TX, USA


[12] Non-destructive testing to meet materials verification requirements, by Hamood Rehman, G2 Integrated Solutions, Houston, TX, USA

[26] Engineering-critical assessment for cracks in pipelines, by Andrew Russell, Dr Bob Adrews, Angus Patterson, and Michael Palmer, Rosen Group, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

[41] Velocity independent sizing of axial planar anomalies using oblique magnetization, by Adrian Belanger, James Simek, and Dane Burden, T. D. Williamson, Inc., Houston, TX, USA


[13] Collective effects of leakage, temperature changes, and entrapped air during hydrostatic testing, by Dr Lawrence Matta, Stress Engineering Services, Houston, TX, USA

[27] The impact of crack profiles on pipeline integrity: advancing assessments with new ILI capabilities, by Jennifer O’Brien, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH, USA, Sean Moran, TD Williamson, Tulsa, OK, USA, and Dr Mike Kirkwood, TD Williamson, Dubai, UAE

[42] Inspecting and managing a pipeline with internal surface roughness due to top-of-the-line CO2 corrosion: a case study, by Kai Xin Toh, Quest Integrity Group, Stafford, TX, USA


[14] Practical considerations for minimizing hydrostatic-test failures, by Gary Zunkel, Rachel Sorrentino, and Megan Halver, Lake Superior Consulting, Bloomington, MN, USA

[28] The need for pinhole leak detection: a comparison of different technologies and the professional approach with ATEX-certified leak detection pigs, by Rene Landstorfer, Gottsberg Leak Detection GmbH & Co KG, Oststeinbek, Germany

[43] Managing the threat from weather and outside force using ILI, by Jane Dawson and Ian Murray, PII Pipeline Solutions, Cramlington, UK, Kinder Morgan, Houston, TX, USA





ILI tool performance

[44] Avoiding future pipeline failures by detecting, identifying, and prioritizing mechanical damage, by Chuck Harris, T.D. Williamson, Inc., Houston, TX, USA


[15] Multiple functions of automated pigging systems, by David Wint, Audubon Field Solutions, and Roxy Mounter,  WeldFit Energy Group, Houston. TX, USA

[29] Evaluating ILI tool performance using a validation process, by Dr Yanping Li, Gordon Fredine, Yvan Hubert, Janine Woo, and Sherif  Hassanien, Enbridge Pipelines, Inc., Edmonton, AB, Canada


[16] Quick-opening closures, by Jack Lollis, Kyle Corriveau, Jesse Green, and  Larry Payne, Pipeline Equipment, Inc., Tulsa, OK, USA

[30] Automated signal comparison and normalization - an advanced method of comparing repeat ILI data, by Johannes Palmer, Artur Miller, and John Knudsen, Rosen Group, Lingen, Germany

[45] Risk-based mitigation of mechanical damage, by Dr Jing Ma and Fan Zhang, Kiefner & Assocs, Columbus, OH, USA, and Guy Desjardins, Desjardins Integrity, Calgary, AB, Canada


[17] Performance of a low-drag seal assembly for pipeline pigging and a novel corrosion-pit cleaning brush, by Dr Dan Fletcher, Vincent Foong, and Michael Hooper, Fiberbuilt Manufacturing, Calgary, AB, Canada

[31] ILI of a 1950s vintage pipeline using multi-technology tool, by Andrew Greig, Kinder Morgan Canada, Calgary, AB, Canada

[46] Fatigue performance characterization of a manufacturing seam defect in high-frequency electric-resistance-welded pipe, by Dr Chantz Denowh and Dr Chris Alexander, Stress Engineering Services, Houston, TX, USA, and Travis Schott, Phillips 66, Houston, TX, USA


[18] A primer on isolating pipe-in-pipe hot-oil pipelines: a Northern Alberta case study, by Stephen Rawlinson and Doug Krokosz, STATS Group, Houston, TX, USA

[32] Robotic inspection of deep well booster pumps, by Jonathan Minder, Diakont, San Diego, CA, USA

[47] A seam-weld-condition model for assessing the general integrity of pipeline segments, by J. Bruce Nestleroth and Stephanie Flamberg, Kiefner & Assocs, Columbus, OH, USA







  Chairman: Scot Rohleder, BP America, Houston, TX, USA Chairman: Jim Marr, Marr & Assocs, Calgary, AB, Canada Chairman: tba


[19] Advances in pig detection and assurance, by Andy Marwood, Online Electronics, Aberdeen, UK

[33] Latest improvements of ultrasonic ILI, by Stefan Klein, Gerhard Kopp, Thomas Meinzer and Herbert Willems, NDT Global Ltd, Stutensee, Germany

[48] Application of an advanced method of comparing repeat ILI data to improve pipeline integrity management, by Andrew Wilde and Michael Smith, Rosen Group, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


[20] Integrity inspection - identifying and locating leaks on buried terminal piping, by Ian Harris, Praxair Services Inc., The Woodlands, TX, USA

[34] Techniques for the enhanced assessment of pipeline dents, by Jane Dawson, Julie Hedger, and Ian Murray, PII Pipeline Solutions, Cramlington, UK

[49] Pipeline integrity and data integrity: the critical role of data in the enterprise, by Dr Otto Huisman and Sebastian Ruik Beyhaut, Rosen Group, Lingen, Germany


[20a] Development of an industry test facility and qualification process for ILI technology evaluation and enhancement, by Hans Deeb, PRCI, Houston, TX, USA, and Pablo Cazenave, Blade Energy Partners, Houston, TX, USA

[35] Investigating 16-in EMAT tool performance for a low-frequency ERW seam inspection, by Sean Moran, TD Williamson, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, and Dr Mike Kirkwood, TD Williamson, Dubai, UAE

[50] ILI of axial strain: technique, case studies, and best practices, by Dr Mohamed ElSeify and Stuart Clouston, Baker Hughes Canada, Calgary, AB, Canada, and Doug Dewar, Spectra Energy Transmission, Prince George, BC, Canada, and presented by Dennis Janda, Baker Hughes, Houston, TX, USA


Coffee, End of conference



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