PPSA/PRCI Host ILI Demonstration for Young Pipeline Professionals

The Pigging Products and Services Association (PPSA) and the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) hosted a pull through ILI demonstration for Young Pipeline Professionals at the PRCI’s Technology Development Center (TDC) on April 19 in Houston.

Young Pipeline Professionals watch a test.

Over 65 Young Pipeline Professionals, many of whom are members of the YPP (USA), were given a tour of the test loop facility, followed by a demonstration of a T.D. Williamson (TDW) Multiple Dataset (MDS) ILI tool being pulled through a 12-inch pipeline. Prior to the live pull test, Jason Matocha of TDW provided an overview of the MDS platform.

Data was recorded showing where anomalies, such as metal loss, dents and others, are located within the test string. The young pipeliners were then treated to an informal barbecue (cooked by TDW staff) and networking with PPSA members, who offered their expertise and general advice about the pigging industry.

The exhibitors included Enduro Pipeline Services, Entegra, Halfwave AS, Halliburton, Inline Services, ROSEN Group, and T.D. Williamson. Following the barbecue, Adrian Belanger of TDW showed the group how to analyse and interpret MFL data. The young pipeliners showed great enthusiasm asking lots of questions about the inspection data analysis.

The event was organized by Chuck Harris of TDW, with Hans Deeb and PRCI hosting. The event is part of PPSA’s ongoing commitment to encouraging more young people to get involved in the pigging industry. This year PPSA also sponsored the YPP USA’s Symposium and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s Pipeline Integrity Program’s graduation luncheon.


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