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IPC will offer 4 all day tutorials virtually on Monday, September 28.  

Tutorial registration: $225.  Tutorials will run simultaneously, and you may only register for one course.

Tutorial #1: Machine Learning Basics for the Pipeline Industry Workshop

Emerging digital technologies are transforming businesses across the globe, and the pipeline industry is no exception. At the forefront of this revolution is the subfield of artificial intelligence called machine learning. From integrity management to market forecasting, there are many potential applications in the pipeline industry. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The basic concepts of machine learning
  • How to evaluate machine learning models
  • Case study examples of applications in the pipeline industry
  • How to embed domain knowledge of pipeline engineering into the machine learning process
  • Recommendations for applying machine learning and pitfalls to avoid
  •  A review of industry efforts to integrate machine learning into existing pipeline management systems

Tutorial Lecturers: Tutorial Lecturers: Daryl Bandstra (Integral Engineering); Erika Santana (ROSEN); Michael Smith (ROSEN)


Daryl Bandstra

Bio: Daryl Bandstra is a mechanical engineer and a co-founder of Integral Engineering. He has 10 years of experience in the area of pipeline risk and integrity assessment, where he aids oil & gas operators in applying probabilistic and predictive models to their assets. In recent years, this has included projects to apply and evaluate how machine learning models can be used to support and improve existing integrity management programs.

Michael Smith

Bio: Michael Smith is a chartered Chemical Engineer and Data Scientist with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Within ROSEN UK he leads the development of new asset integrity technologies, with a specific focus on 'Integrity Analytics' – the use of data analytics and artificial intelligence to support integrity management decisions.


Dr. Erika Santana

Bio: Dr. Santana is a Principal Engineer at ROSEN, where she works in the development of digital technologies for pipeline integrity management. Her background encompass a master in fracture mechanics, a doctorate in nano damage mechanisms and a couple decades of hands on experience in an Oil&Gas major operator.


Tutorial #2: Introduction to Risk and System Wide Risk Assessment

Introduction to Risk will cover topics on: 

  • Risk management concepts
  •  Quantitative versus qualitative risk methods
  •  Quantitative risk management process
  • Risk estimation methods
  • Probability estimation
  •  Consequence estimation

Implementing sustainable and adaptable System Wide Risk Assessment will address:

  •  Incorporation of Risk Assessment in the Integrity Management Program
  •  Model Selection
  •  Data Incorporation
  •  Risk Measures ad Criteria Selection
  •  Case Studies

Learning from Incidents – how new learnings are incorporated in the IMP, including Risk assessment

Smitha Koduru

Bio: Smitha Koduru is Manager of the Pipeline Integrity and Operations department at C-FER, a position she has held since 2018. In this position she is responsible for a team of engineers providing expertise in pipeline risk and integrity planning and management including release consequence modeling and evaluation; structural and mechanistic modelling of pipeline response, probabilistic modeling of loads and system response.

Prior to coming to C-FER in 2013, Smitha spent several years as a Researcher at both the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Her expertise at C-FER involves risk and reliability analysis, structural dynamics and nonlinear analysis of pipeline response for geohazards, and statistical analysis for in-line inspection tools performance evaluation.

Smitha earned her PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of British Colombia, Vancouver in 2008.

Alex Tomic

Bio: Aleksandar is a Risk and Integrity Engineer with  10 years of experience in pipeline industry. He has led various initiatives within Risk and Integrity, including managing System Wide Risk Assessment (SWRA) program, developing the consequence models used in SWRA, and developing the framework for cost benefit analysis. Additionally, he is actively involved in industry initiatives and has volunteered as a chair/co-chair in different pipeline conferences, including Banff Workshop and IPC.  Currently, Aleksandar is the Manager of Integrity Threat Management for US Gas Operations at TC Energy, with responsibility of managing the integrity threats across TC Energy’s entire US system. Aleksandar holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Calgary, and is a Professional Engineer registered with APEGA. 


Dongliang Lu

Bio: Dongliang Lu is a senior pipeline risk engineer with the Risk and Engineering Strategy of TC Energy and the Technical Lead of TCE’s System Wide Risk Assessment program. Dongliang has extensive experience in reliability-based pipeline threat assessment and integrity management. His expertise includes risk and reliability analysis of engineering systems, engineering assessment of structural integrity, ILI tool performance evaluation, mathematical modelling and optimization, statistical data analysis and data visualization.

Before joining TC Energy, he was a research engineer with C-FER Technologies in Edmonton, AB, Canada. He received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2012.

Kim Maddin

Bio: Kim is a senior engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the pipeline industry. She has led and contributed to a number of initiatives within the areas of pipeline integrity and risk management, including the management of a system-wide process for the response to incidents and learning from events. Kim joined TC Energy in 2019 and is currently the Manager of Investigations within the Assurance Office at TC Energy.

Prior to joining TC Energy, she was a Principal Engineer with DNV GL in Calgary. She holds a Masters of Science in Safety Risk and Reliability Engineering from the University of Heriot-Watt (UK).

Tutorial #3: Pipeline Design and Construction

Tutorial Lecturers: Alan Murray (Principia Consulting)

Overview of the following fundamentals: 

  • Hydraulic design considerations for gas, liquid and two-phase systems 
  •  Route selection, water crossings and geotechnical issues 
  •  Criteria for materials and coating selection 
  •  Design loads on buried pipe
  •  Installation and Welding ; 
  •  Inspection and NDE;  
  •  Crossing methods (HDD and Boring) 

Alan Murray

Bio: Alan Murray retired from the Canadian Federal Pipeline Regulator, the National Energy Board as Chief Engineer, having previously held senior management positions with a large pipeline operating company in North America with responsibilities for System Planning, Construction, Maintenance and Procurement functions. His fifty years of experience spans research, design and development in pipelines and offshore structures. He was the founding chairman of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and is the co-author of  three textbooks, “Pipeline Design and Construction – A Practical Approach” ; Pipeline Integrity Assurance;  and Guide to the ASME Boilers and Pressure Vessel Code. He is the author /co-author of sixty five published papers on a variety of energy related engineering topics. Alan is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and has given courses on Pipeline Design and Construction and Pipeline Integrity Assessment throughout the world. He holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast where was also a member of Faculty and is a Fellow of the ASME, and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta. His research interests include renewable energy, pipeline integrity and material science.

Tutorial #4: Effective ILI Based Corrosion Program with Improved Performance and Economy

Tutorial Lecturers: Shahani Kariyawasam (TC Energy), Shenwei Zhang (TC Energy), Aaron Schartner (TC Energy)

An in-line inspection (ILI) based threat management program is the most successful path to manage time-dependent threats that are prevalent on majority of the existing pipeline systems.  It has proven to reduce industry wide failure rates but has not always prevented all post ILI failures.
ILI based programs can give very different failure performance and mitigation results depending on the ILI tools, assessment models, safety factors, and assessment methodologies.  Historical evidence and data analytics show the differences in ILI based programs in both performance and mitigation results. 
TCE has improved the corrosion management program which is the largest threat management program (and consequently carrying the largest budget) to be safer and more economical, by understanding and accounting for uncertainties through reliability-based methods and incorporating learning from incidents, as evidenced by the continuous reduction in failure rates to demonstrate the “Zero is Real” aspiration. 

In conjunction, TCE has also demonstrated that using more accurate and precise methodologies, such as improved defect assessment models (e.g. Psqr model for corrosion assessment) and defect-specific assessment methods, can reduce the unnecessary remediation actions without compromising safety.  These developments make ILI based programs safer and more economical. 
TCE has also developed methodologies to monitor performance (or effectiveness) of ILI based programs, including failure rate trending, post ILI failure examination, and monitoring digs.  Therefore, the performance of the ILI based program can be monitored to enable continuous learning and improvement. 
All these steps drive cost efficiency, unnecessary cost avoidance, and thus efficient programs that avoid failures with reduced costs.  How each of these choices prudently optimize programs will be demonstrated through data analytics. 


Shahani Kariyawasam

Bio: Shahani Kariyawasam is an innovative leader who has executed engineering projects on all continents of the world (except Antarctica).  She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering. 

In the past 28 years she worked with TC Energy, GE Oil & Gas, C-FER Technologies, Universities of Alberta & Calgary, and Enbridge Pipelines developing innovative risk-based solutions that optimize safety and reduce unnecessary costs. She has published over 60 papers in conferences and journals and is the inventor of patents related to safety and risk. Presently with TC Energy, she is a Director and represents TCE at industry organizations, such as PRCI, Pipeline Safety Group, CEPA, and CSA leading many safety initiatives.

Shenwei Zhang

Bio: Shenwei Zhang obtained his PhD degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada before joining TransCanada in 2014.  Currently he is a senior pipeline integrity engineer particularly focusing on the technology development associated with pipeline integrity and risk assessment.  He developed efficient tools for corrosion, crack, dent and surface loading stress analysis used by TC Energy.  He is one of the primary inventors of Psqr corrosion assessment model.  He has published more than 40 peer reviewed technical papers in the area of pipeline integrity. 

Aaron Schartner

Bio: Aaron Schartner is currently a lead of the external corrosion threat management program for TransCanada’s Canadian gas pipelines. Aaron graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelor of chemical engineering degree. He joined TransCanada in 2011 and has worked in both the Stress Corrosion Cracking and External Corrosion Threat Management teams. The role is focused on developing and monitoring the pipe integrity program to provide the necessary confidence to allow for safe and reliable operation. This is achieved through a pipeline risk analysis, In- line inspections (ILI), defect assessment, indirect inspections, and scheduling mitigation.