2018 Research Exchange Wrap Up

Mon, April 09, 2018

The annual Research Exchange Meeting is PRCI’s premier event where delegates from around the world come together to share the latest research findings and learn best practices for the practical application of research results. With over 300+ delegates from North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia, it was truly an event representative of the international pipeline community. 

Attendees were welcomed by PRCI President Cliff Johnson who hosted the opening plenary session and introduced the keynote speaker PRCI Chairman Mr. Jeff Whitworth, Shell Pipeline Company. Mr. Whitworth set the tone for the event by encouraging an open dialogue and the sharing of information among delegates – to truly participate in knowledge transfer for the betterment of pipeline safety and operational excellence. Mr. Whitworth furthered the sentiment by sharing his own experiences with PRCI and said, “Shell is a better pipeline company because of PRCI and the network we build here.”

Mr. Johnson then presented Distinguished Service awards to long-time PRCI members and contributors Dr. David Johnson, Energy Transfer and Mr. David Katz, Williams. The In-Kind Support award was given to Plains All American Pipeline that was accepted by Executive Board member Mr. John Haldiman. Distinguished Researcher awards were given to Mr. Scott Riccardella, Structural Integrity Associates and Mr. Yong-Yi Wang, Center for Reliable Energy Systems (CRES).

The first day the exchange consisted of two tracks that focused on corrosion and leak detection and non-destructive evaluation performance and enhancement. At the end of the first day attendees came back together for a special session on creating a centralized data hub for the pipeline industry, chaired by Sean Keane, Enbridge.

The Data Hub discussion featured guest speakers from the Federal Aviation Administration, Mr. Warren Randolph and from Enbridge, Mr. Walter Kresic, also PRCI’s Vice-Chair. Mr. Randolph spoke to the group about the challenges the FAA faced when it was mandated to create a centralized database for the purpose of improving aviation industry safety and how other critical infrastructure industries can benefit from their lessons learned. Mr. Kresic then discussed how PRCI can use the FAA’s success as an example of how we can play a central role in the creation of a centralized data hub for the industry as part of PRCI’s ongoing effort to improve and strengthen pipeline safety and integrity.

The second day of the Research Exchange also featured two tracks; ILI inspection performance and enhancement and geohazard assessment and mitigation and new technologies. The presentations throughout both days sought to educate attendees on the value of PRCI research. Operators shared how they implemented research results to improve their own processes or procedures and gave practical examples of how other operators could put results into practice.

To close out the final day of the Research Exchange, Mr. Mark Piazza, Colonial Pipeline Company, led a panel discussion on the Application of R&D Results to Improve Pipeline Dent Fatigue Integrity Management. The presentation featured a description of the PRCI dent fatigue research that was conducted and how it has been adopted by pipeline operators.

Other highlights from the conference included the introduction of the mentees in PRCI’s new mentorship program: Emerging Leaders in Technical Excellence and the release of the 2017 Year in Review publication.

For a complete list of presentations from the 2018 Research Exchange, please click here.

The Call for Abstracts is now open for the 2019 Research Exchange Meeting which will take place in Houston, Texas on March 5-6, 2019.  Please click here for more details.