Pipeline Safety Management Systems
Safety and Loss Management, Safety Culture, Regulations and Standards, Leadership Accountability and Policy, Management Review and Audits, Training and Competency, Lifecycle Regulatory Frameworks, Quality Management, Risk Management, Management of Change, Process and Personal Safety, Incident Investigation and Lessons Learned, Stakeholder Engagement, Comparison of Regulations and Standards, Integrating Safety, Environment and Emergency Management Programs, and Industry Recommended or Best Practices.
Project Management, Design, Construction, and Environment
Team Leadership, Effective Communication, Collaboration, High Value Engineering, System Planning (Hydraulics), Design, Routing, Survey, Logistics, Construction, Quality Control and Quality Assurance, Testing, Commissioning, Coatings, Compressor and Pump Stations, Terminals, Pigging Facilities, Valves, Piping Stress Analysis, Change of Service, Abandonment, Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensing, Field and Inspection Data Management, Geomatics, Global Positioning System Applications, Environmental Case Studies, Socioeconomic Studies, Community Involvement, Permitting Strategies, Reclamation, Mitigation, Abandonment, Land Issues, Emissions, Low-Carbon Transition, Hydrotesting Fluids, Remediation, Environmental Impact Assessments, Cumulative Effects Assessment, Route Selection, Monitoring, and Security.
Pipeline and Facilities Integrity
Pipeline and Facilities Integrity Management (e.g., program development and implementation, lessons learned, and items not covered by other tracks:
- Hazard and Threat Identification (not including geohazard management – See Track 4)
- Inspection Methods and Inspection Technologies including:
- Inline Inspection Technologies (e.g., crack, MFL, UT, tethered tools, geometry, etc.)
- Inspection Intervals & Scheduling
- External Corrosion & Control (e.g., Coatings, Cathodic Protection, direct assessment)
- Internal Corrosion & Control, (e.g., Coatings, coupons, flushing, sampling, inhibitors, direct assessment)
- Environmental Stress Corrosion & Fatigue Cracking,
- Mechanical Damage (e.g., Markers, aerial patrols, fiber optics, public awareness, etc.)
- Field and Inspection Data Management,
- Geographical Information Systems,
- Inspection data management
- Data Process Reliability
- Defect Assessment and Repair (not including defect assessment and repair of girth welds – See Track 5)
- Field NDE for ILI Data Validation
- Corrosion assessment models
- Cracking flaw assessment models
- Defect Growth Rates
Operations, Monitoring and Maintenance
Applications of Technology, Operating Experience, Preventative-Maintenance Techniques, Lifecycle Engineering, Operating Equipment Optimization, Useful Life Extensions, Operating Cost Reductions, Vendor Alliances, Geohazard/Geotechnical Management, Geo Hazard Assessment & Characterization SCADA, Communications, Automation, Control Devices, Instrumentation, Sensor Technology, Measurement and Metering, Hydraulic Simulations, Leak Detection, Simulation and Trainers, Field and Inspection Data and Records Management, Hydrostatic Testing, and Water Crossings.
Materials and Joining
Materials Design, Materials for Alternative Energy, Thermo-mechanically Controlled processing (TMCP), Microstructure-property Relationship, High Strength Steels, Fracture Toughness Requirements, Welding Metallurgy, Properties of Girth Welds, Flaw Acceptance Criteria, Hot Tapping, Mechanical Joining, Joining Alternative Materials, Quality Control and Quality Assurance, Pipe Manufacture, Fittings, and Nondestructive Examination.
6. Geohazard Management and Strain-Based Design and Assessment
This track focuses on threats to pipeline integrity when potentially high axial/longitudinal stresses are a major contributor. Holistic approaches to the management of those threats, including threats identification and classification, interactions between the threats and pipelines, pipelines’ resilience against such threats, and data management and continued improvements are encouraged. Some of the typical threats are geohazards, hydrotechnical hazards, water crossings, etc. Topics may include, but not limited to, geotechnical aspects of pipeline engineering, geohazard assessment & characterization SCADA, pipe-soil interaction, geohazard/geotechnical management, strain-based design and assessment (SBDA) for new and existing pipelines, integrity management using SBDA, application of GIS in geohazards and hydrotechnical hazards, hazards mitigation, design and construction of strain-resistant pipelines (through purposeful line pipe specifications, welding practice, construction methods, etc.), determination of strain capacity, risk-based assessment incorporating SBDA, new testing and analysis procedures, and tools and best practice in SBDA.
Risk and Reliability
Risk and Reliability Assessments, Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Modelling, Risk Based Maintenance Planning, Reliability Based Design and Assessment, Failure Data Analysis and Failure Rate Estimation, Failure Consequence Modelling, Risk Tolerance Criteria and Reliability Targets, Case studies in application of reliability and risk criteria, Case studies in reliability and risk assessments (threat-specific or system-wide), Reliability assessment methodology, Novel risk and reliability assessment frameworks, Uncertainty modelling, Uncertainty propagation in risk and reliability analysis, Data analysis for statistical distribution modelling, Data analysis for likelihood predictions, Statistical analysis of inspection uncertainties for ILI and Field NDE.
Offshore, Upstream, and Production Pipelines
- Design, operation and maintenance of offshore pipelines, and pipelines located in Northern regions, including lifetime extension and change-of use-assessment associated with the energy transition.
- Northern pipeline topics: working in permafrost, stability of frozen slopes, frost heave, thaw settlement, thermal modelling, engineering in cold regions, rapid lake drainage, satellite imaging and remote sensing, GPS applications, effects of climate change on northern pipelines, ice scour, infrastructure/logistics and carbon capture utilization and storage.
- Offshore pipeline topics: innovative design and analysis of offshore pipelines for installation, in-place analysis, mechanics of pipelines, freespans, lateral and upheaval buckling, anchor and dropped object damage, corrosion, weld flaws, fatigue design and fracture control, rigid and flexible pipes, pipe-in-pipe, clad and lined pipe, umbilicals and pipe-soil interaction. Novel inspection, monitoring, integrity assessment and repair techniques related to offshore pipelines and flow lines. Innovative technologies for economical deepwater development and production.
Emerging Fuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Emerging fuels include renewable natural gas (RNG), Bio-Methane, Hydrogen, Ethanol, Bio-diesel, Ammonia, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and others. Innovative solutions for emerging fuels as they relate to: offset of greenhouse gas emissions, conversion of service, new pipeline construction, threat analysis, gathering of biogas, safety considerations, dilution impacts to gas transmission or distribution, impact of conversion on equipment, measurement of emerging fuels, storage, inspection and maintenance, effects on end users, preventative maintenance. Greenhouse Gas Emissions includes reduction in methane emissions, and optimization of combustion and efficiency. Methods to improve compressor/pump efficiency. Regulatory considerations for greenhouse gas reductions, portable capture and recovery, methods for reforming greenhouse gases, continuous monitoring of facilities, field repair techniques to avoid blowdowns.