September 24 - September 28, 2018

The Hyatt Regency Hotel & The TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Technical Program

Please be advised that the Technical Committee has made some changes to the Technical Tracks from the perspective of amalgamating some of the smaller tracks in with the larger ones. These changes will assist with some of the larger tracks, such as Pipeline Integrity (IPC 2014) to be better resourced with redistribution of some of the topic areas. We are changing from 13 track topic areas to 8 and we will continue to require the same level of leadership and oversight to effectively manage the abstract and paper review and acceptance process for IPC 2016.

The technical program overview schedule is now available here

Technical Tracks

Conference organizers are developing technical tracks to enhance the opportunities for attendees to hear and participate in discussion with industry leaders in the topic areas of their choice. Topic areas include:

Track 1: Pipeline Safety Management Systems

Safety and Loss Management, Safety Culture, Leadership Accountability and Policy, Management Review and Audits, Training and Competency, Regulatory Lifecycle, Quality Management, Risk Management Framework, 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, Industry Practices

Track 2: Project Management, Design, Construction & Environmental Issues

Team Leadership, Effective Communication, Collaboration, Joint Ventures, High Value Engineering, System Planning (Hydraulics), Design, Routing, Survey, Logistics, Construction, Geotechnical, 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, Hydrotesting Fluids, Remediation, Environmental Impact Assessments, Cumulative Effects Assessment, Route Selection, Monitoring

Track 3: Pipelines & Facilities Integrity

Hazard and Threat Identification, Engineering Assessments, Mitigation, Inline Inspection Technology, External Corrosion and Control, Cathodic Protection, Internal Corrosion and Control, Coatings, Environmental Stress Corrosion and Fatigue Cracking, Mechanical Damage, Tanks, Pumps, Compressor Stations, Station Piping, Field and Inspection Data Management, Geographical Information Systems, Defect Detection and Assessment, Direct Assessment, Tethered and Robotic Inspection Tools, Inspection Data Management, Inspection Intervals and Scheduling, Measuring Corrosion Growth Rates, Reliability, Field NDE for ILI Data Validation

Track 4: Operations, Monitoring & Maintenance

Applications of Technology, Operating Experience, Preventative-Maintenance Techniques, Lifecycle Engineering, Operating Equipment Optimization, Useful Life Extensions, Operating Cost Reductions, Vendor Alliances, Geohazard Management, SCADA, Communications, Automation, Control Devices, Instrumentation, Sensor Technology, Measurement and Metering, Hydraulic Simulations, Leak Detection, Operations, Simulation and Trainers, Field and Inspection Data and Records Management, Hydrostatic Testing, Geohazard Management (incl. geotechnical, hydrotechnical, and seismic ground movements/forces), Characterization, Monitoring, Mitigation

Track 5: Materials & Joining

Materials Design, High Strength Steels, Fracture Toughness Requirements, Welding, Properties of Girth Welds, Weld Flaw Acceptance Criteria, Hot Tapping, Mechanical Joining, Joining Alternative Materials, Quality Control and Quality Assurance, Pipe Manufacture, Fittings, Nondestructive Examination

Track 6: Strain Based Design

Strain Demand, Characterization of Hazards, Methods for Estimating Strain Demand (in-situ, ILI, pipe-soil interaction), High performance pipe and fittings for high strain demand, Welding and Inspection for High Strain Applications, Tensile Strain Capacity, Compressive Strain Capacity, Small and Large Scale Tests for Material Characterization and Strain Capacity Determination, Project Experience and Lessons Learned in Strain Based Design, Regulatory Needs and Gaps

Track 7: Risk & Reliability

Risk Assessment, 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, Pipeline Security, Database Design

Track 8: Northern, Offshore & Production Pipelines

Emerging Technologies, Working in Permafrost, Stability of Frozen Slopes, Frost Heave, Thaw Settlement, Thermal Modelling, Logistics, Engineering in Cold Regions, Rapid Lake Drainage, Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensing, GPS Applications, Effects of Climate Change on Northern Pipelines to Offshore Pipelines, Flexible Pipeline Applications, Ice Scour, Infrastructure and Logistics Issues

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