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  • The TDC Continues to Experience a High Level of Activity
    The TDC Continues to Experience a High Level of Activity
    Fri, November 17, 2017
    The Technology Development Center (TDC) continues to experience a high level of activity in the third quarter. Ongoing research at the TDC consists of both PRCI-funded R&D projects and member-funded work through joint industry initiatives or independent work. Ongoing PRCI funded research ...
  • TDC Sees Record Participation & Activity Since Opening
    TDC Sees Record Participation & Activity Since Opening
    Wed, July 19, 2017
    The second quarter of 2017 was an outstanding quarter for the Technology Development Center (TDC) in Houston, TX. The achieved level of activities at the TDC was the highest since the Grand Opening event two years ago, with a record breaking 231 visitors representing 44 companies in the month of ...
  • Recent Activities at the TDC
    Recent Activities at the TDC
    Thu, March 30, 2017
    The Technology Development Center in Houston, TX has seen a surge of activities since the start of 2017. There are a number of ongoing PRCI-funded projects that are leveraging the pull test facility and the newly constructed liquid loop to complete their scope. PRCI Project MD-1-13 is ...
  • PRCI Hosts Young Pipeline Professionals USA at TDC
    PRCI Hosts Young Pipeline Professionals USA at TDC
    Thu, July 30, 2015
    PRCI welcomed the Young Pipeline Professionals USA (YPP USA) for a visit to the new Technology Development Center in mid-July. YPP USA is an organization aimed to educate young professionals about the pipeline industry, create leadership opportunities, foster relationships and build a network ...
  • TDC Utilization
    TDC Utilization
    Sun, November 16, 2014

    Utilization of the TDC continues to run at a high level as work on PRCI projects and use by individual members continues to grow.
    Throughout the summer a wide array of work has been undertaken on characterizing samples for ERW seam weld, SCC crack sizing and SPIM girth weld crack ...
  • NIST & PRCI Collaborate to Advance Industry
    Thu, November 13, 2014
    Commencing in November NIST and PRCI will utilize the TDC to state six weeks of testing opportunities to assist in advancing NIST standardized crack calibration sample project.

    Having demonstrated an ability to manufacture repeatable and standardized crack flaws NIST has produced a new ...
  • TDC Supported Project Makes Media Bow Courtesy of PG&E
    Sat, October 18, 2014
    The SEIKOWAVE Structured White Light surface damage tool made a recent bow in a media video courtesy of PG&E. This excellent video on YouTube shows the tool and outlines the value it brings to pipeline operators.

    This technology was taken from an initial idea between SEIKOWAVE and ...
  • Evaluation of Large Stand Off Magnetometry
    Fri, October 17, 2014
    Progress has been made on this project by completing the assembly and burial of test pipes for Phase II of this project. Flawed pipe of three different sizes has been fabricated into test strings and bermed over to simulate depth of cover. The strings are suitable for pressurization in order that ...
  • NDE-4-F ILI PULL TEST CAPABILITY
    Wed, October 15, 2014
    The new TDC location will allow the NDE-4-F ILI project to construct a new 700 foot long pull test facility. Outline designs shown below have been completed and the casting of foundations from the winch will be completed in October. The winch itself is a long lead item and has been ordered ...
  • Need Meeting or Training Facilities - Houston TDC Is Here to Help
    Tue, October 14, 2014
    The new and expanded facility will from April 2014 offer access to two large meeting and training rooms at a convenient location with plenty of on-site parking.

    A large room with a capacity of 60 to 120 people and a smaller room for 25-50 will be available with layouts to suit most ...
  • New Home Breaks Ground
    Mon, October 13, 2014
    In July the Board approved the project for the new expanded and updated home for the TDC in Houston. The new facility is based on an 8.5 acre site with a design to suit 35,000 sq/ft office, experimentation and meeting facility in Northwest Houston convenient for IAH airport, downtown and the ...
  • TDC BENEFITTING THE WIDER INDUSTRY
    Mon, March 17, 2014
    A number of non PRCI projects have benefitted from the samples gathered together by the TDC to advance work primarily funded by others but with direct interest to the pipeline community.
    A REPSEA project testing Imaging sonar needed corroded ...
  • NDE OF COMPOSITE WRAP REPAIRS ADVANCES
    Thu, March 06, 2014
    The NDE 2-3 project is a great example of how access to the TDC can accelerate R&D. the 2014 work on this project has advanced to a position that all testing will be completed by the end of May and a draft report for team review available by the end of ...
  • IMMERSION PULL TEST CAPABILITY
    Sat, March 01, 2014
    Capability has been expanded at the TDC with the re-assembly and application of an immersion test capability for testing ultrasonic ILI devices up to 12” Pipe Diameter, 30 feet in length. The equipment was originally paid for by SPIM 1-2 and lay idle at Southwest Research ...
  • NDE 3-1 EVALUATION OF LARGE STANDOFF MAGNETOMETRY
    Sat, March 01, 2014
    A range of pipe samples from the TDC with known flaws have been prepared and supplied to a site at Stress Engineering in Waller County. These are to be welded into three pipe strings that will create a buried, pressurized test cell to facilitate ...
  • PHMSA PROJECT LEVERAGES TDC
    Sat, March 01, 2014
    A mechanical damage project primarily funded by PHMSA and led by BMT Fleet but with PRCI input led by Gdf Suez has been supplied with pipe from the TDC stocks. This pipe will be utilized to create controlled mechanical damage flaws and tests. The work is ...
  • TDC UTILIZATION
    Sat, March 01, 2014
    Utilization of the TDC continues to grow with project execution work taking place on a regular basis. Through the early part of this year the following key work has benefitted from the TDC:

    A number of the projects have been referenced in this newsletter but ...
  • THE FUTURE IS NEARBY
    THE FUTURE IS NEARBY
    Sat, March 01, 2014
    In March the PRCI Board authorized a small project team to commence the search for a new and potentially expanded TDC. This new facility will allow the co-location of a new long term home, pipe storage for up to 1000 pipe samples and the NDE-4F ILI pull ...