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:
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.