2018 Research Portfolio Ballot Ready for Voting by Membership


Wed, July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017 —

As the key outcome of their Spring planning meetings, the PRCI Technical Committees developed a set of detailed research projects that have since been further refined and compiled to form the 2018 PRCI Research Ballot, scheduled for release at the end of July. The Committees have worked to align this technology program with the industry's priorities and PRCI’s established Research Objectives, which provide the guidance needed to focus PRCI members on a unified and collaborative research agenda with key industry drivers that will focus on technology transfer, implementation of results, and a wide application of outcomes.

New this year is the implementation of the Research Bank, which will provide members with increased flexibility to fund important research out-of-cycle as opportunities arise. Traditionally, members have been limited to voting their subscription dollars on an annual basis via the ballot, but now they will have the opportunity to “reserve” those dollars to spend at their discretion on other research priorities that arise or may not have necessarily been represented on the ballot.

The 2018 ballot will be the thirteenth annual ballot through which PRCI members allocate funds and resources directly to research of importance to their operations and business drivers, as well as meet key industry needs. This ballot features projects addressing the following topics, many of which are aimed squarely at enhancing operators' ability to ensure pipeline safety and integrity:

  • Continuing work on ILI and NDE technologies to fully characterize challenging and diffuse features
  • Optimizing cathodic protection methods and practices
  • Leak detection technologies for a variety of scenarios, using multiple approaches and platforms
  • Right-of-way monitoring and design & construction practices that mitigate geohazards
  • Welding practices for dissimilar steels and changing steel chemistries
  • Continuing improvements to pipeline assessment and repair practices and capabilities
  • Characterization of flow-induced vibration on storage cavern brine strings.
  • Standard and alternative thermowell design options
  • Gas contaminant analyzer performance and static mixer performance capabilities
  • A gas transmission-optimized NO2 modeling capability
  • Improved mechanical reliability, reduced O&M costs and optimized emissions performance of gas transmission engines, including under variable fuel gas chemistries

The final set of projects will be posted for the membership at the end of this month and will be followed by a series on online voting rounds by the Executive Assembly through the Summer. PRCI members are encouraged to monitor the progress of the ballot by logging onto the ballot website.

Ballot Prep