PTC Goes Virtual with Record Event Attendance

A total of 861 conference delegates from 64 different countries attended the online version of the 16th Pipeline Technology Conference, held March 15-18. Two-thirds of the participants came from pipeline operators around the world.

In addition to the traditionally strong participation from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, this year’s registration included many representatives from the U.S. and Canada.

Dennis Fandrich, as director of conferences, together with Marian Ritter, director of exhibitions, opened the conference part of the event on March 16 with a short review of the last face-to-face event and the wish to meet again next year live in the conference, at the exhibition and at the evening events.

“We all had to learn a lot of new things during the last 12 months. I am sure that I am not the only one for whom home office from time to time means taking multi-tasking to a whole new level,” Fandrich said. “Many of the presentations will pay special attention to the lessons learned from this unprecedented pandemic situation.”

Complementing this, Ritter added, “Even with our best efforts, we cannot completely replace a real event, but that has never been our goal. In a digital environment, the objective must be to hold a digital event, and we think we have succeeded well.”

The 16th Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) took the key success factors of a face-to-face event and transferred them to the virtual space. Nearly 100 presenters participated in 28 sessions in up to five parallel tracks.

This year, the top-class ptc Advisory Committee, chaired by Heinz Watzka and Dirk Strack, again ensured the high quality of the conference program.

“The online ptc does not disappoint. Even with all the speakers presenting online the messages, challenges and new technologies come across,” said Lars Bach, CEO at Danish Oil Pipe. “The speakers are really conveying their messages to improve and help our businesses. All sessions are very informative, and the conference provides excellent opportunities for networking with colleagues in the industry.”

Ulrich Schneider, business development manager for Continental Europe at KTN/ROSEN Group from Norway, said, “This was the first big online event, which was really enjoyable. Everything was extremely well organized. The platform was easy to use. Great papers and discussions.”

The results of this year’s ptc will again be transferred to the ptc Pipeline Open Knowledge Base. In addition to the abstracts and papers from the last 15 years of ptc, many recordings of the presentations will also be published this year. The database is freely accessible via the ptc website.

The upcoming 17th Pipeline Technology Conference will adopt many elements of the online event and will be held as a hybrid event in Berlin, March 7-10, 2022. The call for papers will open in May.

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