More than 230 attendees participated in Pipeline Research Council International’s fifth annual Pipeline Program Research Exchange Meeting held in February in Atlanta.
The three-day meeting was organized into four parallel technical tracks:
- Corrosion led by Committee Chair Albert van Roodselaar of Chevron;
- Design, Materials and Construction led by Committee Chair Tom Zimmerman of Enbridge;
- Mechanical Damage led by Operations and Integrity Committee Chair, Mures Zaréa of GDF Suez; and,
- Operations and Integrity led by Committee Vice-chair John O’Brien of Chevron.
- Presenters reported developments across the pipeline technology spectrum, including:
- Design improvements for pipelines that transport CO-2 with impurities responding to the increasing interest on carbon sequestration and the use of CO-2 for enhanced oilfield recovery.
- Strain-based design which is especially useful for pipelines in arctic regions, offshore, and in areas of geologic instability.
- Innovations in technologies for detecting and characterizing mechanical damage and improved analytical models for assessing the impacts after damage occurs.
- Mechanical damage prevention using sensor-based systems for in-ground and aerial application.
- Non-destructive evaluation of pipeline condition, including composite materials inspection and inspection through coatings.
- Advanced technologies and data algorithms for leak detection.