732 pipeline professionals from 74 different countries registered for VPS 3.
25% of the participants came from pipeline operators.
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The Virtual Pipeline Summit features the same essential success factors as a a face-to-face event.
Extensive conference program with lectures and discussions on current challenges in day-to-day operations.
(accessible from the day of the summit until one week after the summit)
Advanced networking features for all participants and in-depth interaction with speakers and sponsors.
(accessible from a few days before the summit until one week after the summit)
Virtual exhibition for pipeline operators to get an overview of solutions to their problems.
(accessible from a few days before the summit until one week after the summit)
Until not so long ago the pipeline inspection world was divided into “piggable” and “unpiggable”. In the meantime these boundaries have become blurred. Thanks to advances in inline inspection technologies those pipelines formerly considered unpiggable can be inspected in many cases from the inside, whilst pipelines that can truly only be accessed from the outside can be inspected and assessed using manual or automated external inspection solutions and a variety of direct assessment procedures. Because of the choices available, today it is much more appropriate to refer to traditional pipelines and challenging pipelines when it comes to inspection and integrity assessment.
When inspecting a challenging pipeline rather than a traditional pipeline, there are many challenges regarding accessibility, cleanliness, operating conditions, passage restrictions, tool tracking, defect assessment and risk mitigation. All these factors have to be taken into account regarding the pipeline integrity management process.
Today pipeline operators can choose from a wide range of specialized technology and service providers for their specific inspection projects. The Virtual Pipeline Summit will address the issues and provide a comparative overview of the various solutions on the market.
International Technical Sales Manager, The Sniffers, Belgium
Cindy holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She worked for 17 years in the field of pipeline quality and safety in the logistic supply chain of pipeline construction.
She continued her career in the flow metering industry, working for a manufacturer of flow computers and metering supervisory software solutions.
She currently holds the position of Regional Manager at The Sniffers and is responsible for several global key accounts and geographical areas including The Netherlands, Germany, Northern EU, Spain and Latin America.
Chair, Young Pipeline Professionals Europe & Technical Advisor, Quest Integrity, United Kingdom
Danny Molyneux is a Technical Advisor with Quest Integrity specialising in ultrasonic inline inspection, particularly of pipelines that are challenging to pig. A Master of Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen with first class honours, Danny spent 10 years with Aubin developing and deploying pipeline gels in addition to managerial and business development roles.
Committed to the development young people and industry collaboration, Danny formed and nurtured the Aberdeen branch of Young Pipeline Professionals Europe in 2018. Danny is currently serving as Chair of YPPE and Chair of Young Pipeliners International, sharing best practices between regional YP groups to bring the global pipeline community closer together.
During the Covid-induced lockdown, Danny spearheaded a daily webinar series for YPPE spanning 50 presentations in 12 weeks. He is excited to be the chair for the Technical Presentations for the second time in the Virtual Pipeline Summit from his home in Aberdeenshire UK where his two young children are playing quietly in another room.
Danny is Session Chair for the Technical Presentations part of the Virtual Pipeline Summit.
Director Research and Development, Innospection, Germany
Konrad Reber studied physics at the University of Mainz with a focus on Solid State Physics. In a Ph.D. thesis at the material science department of the University of Erlangen, he worked in the field of magnetic materials, in particular the measurement of material parameters using magnetic stray flux methods. At Pipetronix he was responsible for the development of data analysis algorithms for the application to MFL-pipeline inspections. Later he also became responsible for the magnetic design of MFL-inspection pigs. After changing to NDT Systems & Services he continued to work in the field of in-line inspection and broadened his focus to include topics of defect assessment and general comparison methods of different inspection tools. Between 2006 and 2008 he was with TUVRheinland as an expert within the Pipeline Technology Group. He was responsible for international projects on pipeline integrity and pipeline certification. Since 2008 he is head of research and development for the Innospection Group. The department is responsible for designing new inspection equipment for the Oil and Gas industry. His focus is on the development and refinement of testing technologies with applications for underwater or otherwise difficult to inspect structures. He is busy in delivering speeches on conferences and is a trainer in various courses on pipeline inspection.
Senior Engineer / Data Scientist, ROSEN Group, United Kingdom
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 he leads the development of new asset integrity technologies, with a specific focus on 'Integrity Analytics' – the use of data analytics to support integrity management decisions.
ILI Sales Manager - Benelux, Iberia & Scandinavia, Baker Hughes PPS, The Netherlands
Richard Sharvin is the ILI (In-Line Inspection) Sales Manager for Benelux, Iberia & Scandinavia at Baker Hughes Process & Pipeline Services (PPS), based in Son, the Netherlands. Richard originally joined the Baker Hughes PPS team as an ILI Field Specialist in 2012 before moving to the Sales department in 2017.
Head of Product Management, NDT Global / Halfwave, The Netherlands
Willem Vos was born in the Netherlands in 1977 and holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering. Active in pipeline inspection since 2000, he’s held various positions in engineering, operations and sales. He joined Halfwave in 2016, heading up the sales team. Through the merger of Halfwave & NDT Global he's transitioned into a new role being Head of Product Management.
Program Manager, Integrity and Inspection and Underground Storage Committees, Pipeline Research Council International, United States
Pipeline Research Council, International
Program Manager, 2018- Present
Act as staff liaison to oversee the planning and arrangement of the Integrity & Inspection and Underground Storage technical committees, project areas and project teams. Develop strategies to support, enable and facilitate the execution of a complex suite of projects for the successful research programs. Provide technical expertise in an advisory capacity for integrity and underground storage. Identify synergies between research projects to enhance usability of results.
Prior to joining PRCI, Zoe spent 12 years at Northern Natural Gas, with the last eight of those as director of field operations for natural gas storage. Her focus has been on operations and maintenance, regulatory and safety compliance, and the continuous improvement of integrity and reliability of underground and liquefied natural gas storage and delivery facilities. Prior to her midstream experience, Zoe spent 13 years as a project manager in commercial and industrial construction with a heavy emphasis on research facilities.
Bachelor of science, College of Engineering |1993 | California State Polytechnic University, pomona, CA
All time specifications are in Central European Time (CET). The presentations will be recorded and will remain available online afterwards.
Standard In-Line Inspection (ILI) has become a commodity in the recent years. In many countries regular pipeline inspection using ILI is either prescribed by law or is at least highly recommended. It is thus state of the art in pipeline integrity and several norms describe the use and application of the inspection tools and its related service.
Nevertheless, many pipelines remain “unpiggable”, i.e. a challenge to inspection service companies. This can be for various reasons. While most codes today demand that pipelines are built such that a standard ILI-tool can be applied, many older pipelines (“vintage pipelines”) exist and also require attention. Inspection service provider keep on pushing these limits further and further.
The presentation will first give a description of the nomenclature on this topic and then focus on classifying the origins for challenges in pipeline inspection and the possible solutions. Again the solutions can be categorized into different approaches, like ILI tool modifications, pipeline modifications, umbilical internal inspection solutions, robotic tools or external inspection. Several pipelines that were previously considered impossible or difficult to inspect have thus been successfully inspected and pipeline integrity can now be maintained.
In the end some examples are shown in which pipelines remain difficult to inspect but where technical solution can be developed.
Many pipeline systems are configured or operated in a manner that prohibits inspection using conventional flow-based smart pigging technology. PRCI and its member companies seek to advance the state of the art for integrity assessment of these “challenging” pipelines through research and knowledge transfer. Detecting potentially injurious features and enabling engineering assessments of structural integrity continue to be one of the research pillars of PRCI. Public safety, workforce safety and system integrity drive our objectives to deliver relevant and collaborative research, peer reviewed by experts in the industry. PRCI’s research projects in the last 20 years delved into new methodologies, innovative technology and novel problem solving in order to meet the challenge of managing difficult-to-inspect pipelines.
Join PRCI’s presentation for an overview of published research and available webinars to learn about the array of solutions ranging from inspection devices to integrity assessment guidelines to non-combustion data-collecting vehicles. Discover what new efforts are underway to expand options for integrity assessment of difficult-to-inspect pipelines and, finally, hear how you can participate with PRCI.
There is an ever increasing need to operate aging pipelines safely and efficiently. Pipelines that are challenging to inspect are a particular problem. The costs of precautionary replacement at the end of the design life, preclude this approach, leaks are not acceptable, and the modifications or special tools needed for the most challenging cases can also be very hard to justify. Machine learning methods trained on large data-sets and honed for specific systems offer a new way to predict condition with a ‘Virtual ILI’ that is not restrained by flow rate, tight bends, valves, tees, or any of the other features that traditionally create obstacles for ILI.
The results of a ‘Virtual ILI’ create clear justification for planning optimized actual inspections of challenging pipelines.
Piggability challenges in offshore liquid pipelines are not uncommon due to their design and the hostile environment that these pipelines are in. In 2016, Halfwave AS was approached by a pipeline operator to inspect a multi-diameter liquid export pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. The asset combines 24-inch and 30-inch diameter sections in the same inspection. Furthermore, several wye’s in the system need to be navigated at very low flow, and some wye entries are on the 12 o’clock position.
For magnetic based inspection tools (MFL), the combination of high wall thickness (>1 inch) and the large diameter changes is proving a very serious challenge. Moreover, the high risk associated with low flow wye passage of the MFL tool as not acceptable to the pipeline operator. Since the pipeline was internally coated with wax, and difficult to clean, traditional UTWM tools are not an option.
The proposed tool based in Acoustic Resonance Technology (ART), is able to overcome the limitations of UTWM and MFL. Following a piggability review, is was determined that a full new tool build was required to meet the challenges of the pipeline inspection operation. Some of these challenges were tool centralization, maintaining of drive through the wye passage, bend radius passage, and extreme pressure inside the pipeline. The authors will highlight solutions found during the detailed engineering of the tool, and tool build phases. An overview of the final tool design will be shared.
Detailed results of pump trials in Norway and the US will be shared, including data on drive pressure, and flow required to pump the tools, illustrating the operational envelope of the product. Success rates of the pump trials will be included, and an overview of the pipeline features introduced during testing. Furthermore, details will be shared around the defect detection capabilities and sizing accuracy of the tool. Finally, the authors will elaborate on final use of the tool in the field.
Some details will be shared around the ongoing development of and ILI tool for even more extreme diameter changes. The development pushes the boundaries of what is considered ‘inspectable’ in the industry, so the authors will discuss the implications on pipeline design, and capabilities for further expansion in future.
We are living in a time where information needs to be accessible anytime and anywhere and data has to be transparent. It has become part of our daily lives. When the right data is available at the right time, important decisions can be made to save costs and mitigate risks before they cause any real problems. Modern technology and software platforms enable these capabilities, but development of a software platform that provides the right information to various stakeholders is not an easy task. Smart presentation and cross-analysis of data are vital for offering a solution to asset owners, instead of ‘just more numbers‘. Transparency and consistency of results are essential characteristics of an effective integrity management tool.
How can a Pipeline Risk and Integrity Management Software platform (PRIMS) enable asset owners to monitor, analyze and predict events, based on incoming data from various sources and field surveys? The software maps pipeline-data in a geographical context, with an enriched database behind it, as well as synchronization with mobile devices for continuous representation of the current situation. Information layers can come from: inline inspection, CIP / DCVG surveys, leak detection, thickness measurements and visual surveys to monitor third party interferences. Based on the various types of data input, fitness-for-purpose assessments can be carried out according to different standards such as ASME B31G and ASME B31G Modified and DNV.
Data from different types of surveys are presented in a single information layer allowing comparison while defects from multiple ILI datasets are automatically matched (Feature Matching), in-depth analyses are performed, with a high level of confidence and accuracy. This allows pipeline asset owners to have access to decisive values, such as the projection of corrosion growth, Estimated Repair Factor (ERF) and PSafe.
Currently, inline inspection in the oil and gas sector is a series of staged engineering events, designed to assess the condition of pipeline assets. It is costly, infrequent, and only addresses those lines that are within reach. In fact, it is estimated that 40% of the world’s pipelines are unpiggable. The vulnerabilities between inspections, which are typically years apart, or the inability to conduct inspections at all, puts the world’s aging pipeline infrastructure at risk. In order to address these issues, INGU has focused on changing the economics, the technology, and the workflow associated with inline inspection. We have introduced the industry’s first self-serve inspection model that eliminates significant engineering and downtime costs. We have developed miniature, multi sensor Pipers® technology that freely flows within any and all active pipelines, regardless of location, condition, material or configuration. This technology is capable of inspecting pipelines as small as 2 inches in diameter, and surveying for leaks, geometric defects, magnetic anomalies, and deposits in a single run. Further, we have reduced the cost of inline inspection by a factor of 10, making it possible for integrity programs to be more present, more often, across all of their assets. Finally, such accessible technology has given us the opportunity to work with a complete range of clients – large and small, private and public – resulting in rich datasets libraries that offer unprecedented contextual analysis and continuous advancement of our data analytics capabilities. Our approach provides clients with uninterrupted access to up-to-date condition-critical data, allowing them to optimize planning, decision-making, and actions.
Often the main focus of inline inspection (ILI) is the inspection vehicle itself; however, the ultimate goal of any ILI operation is reliable and accurate data. This end goal can be challenged by the operational variables that many inspection companies are faced with, for example: line conditions; geographical complexities; changes in pipeline construction.
This paper explores the main factors that contribute to delivering the reliable and accurate inspection reports which pipeline operators demand whilst overcoming complex challenges and several coexisting, non-standard conditions.
A case study will be used focusing on a unique project, running an inspection vehicle from a subsea pipeline launcher/receiver (PLR) to a remote oil and gas production platform. This is particularly valuable for operators of remote offshore pipelines with subsea launch and receive traps, where utilising ILI technology may not have previously been considered possible.
NDT Global is the leading supplier of ultrasonic pipeline inspection, acoustic resonance technology (ART), and advanced data analytics. A state-of-the-art inspection fleet provides the entire inline inspection (ILI) service spectrum for gas and liquid pipelines. The full range of services includes crack, metal loss, geometry, and mapping inspection, in combination with data analysis and integrity assessments. First run success, best data quality and rapid report delivery are its key benchmarks. A skilled engineering and project management team, complemented by one of the best data analysis teams in the industry, has inspected and analyzed pipelines worldwide. The company has 14 offices around the world.
NDT Global is part of Eddyfi/NDT, an innovative technology Group that strives to develop the most advanced NDT science and technology in the world.
The ROSEN Group is a globally leading provider of cutting-edge solutions in all areas of the integrity process chain. The business is privately owned and employs a team of almost 3,000 workers, operating in more than 120 countries.
“Empowered by technology” is the promise that ROSEN systematically delivers on by enhancing the operations of our customers and making them safe, cost-effective and more efficient. ROSEN offers the know-how and technology to ensure that customers comply with legal standards and safeguard people and environment, while gaining maximum profit from assets as diverse as pipelines, tanks, vessels, wind turbines, trains, and telecommunication towers.
As your global service provider in the oil & gas and (petro)chemical industry, The Sniffers is committed to helping you realize your environmental, sustainability, and integrity ambitions. We develop and execute best-in-class emission management and pipeline integrity programs with a meaningful impact on safety, compliance, environmental footprint, and business profitability.
Our team of more than 100 technical specialists has realized more than 8.000 emission reduction surveys and pipeline integrity projects in more than 35 countries across the globe. Our customers value The Sniffers’ in-depth knowledge, dedicated people, innovative approach, and reliable, accredited processes.
INGU is the inline inspection partner for many of the world’s leading oil and gas companies. Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, INGU is changing the economics of pipeline integrity programs by offering subscription-based technology solutions that put greater control in the hands of operators, while eliminating downtime and conventional engineering costs. INGU’s unique self-serve inline inspection model is an industry first. The company’s revolutionary technology uses miniaturized inline sensors called Pipers® and advanced data analytics to detect leaks, geometric defects, magnetic anomalies, and deposits that threaten pipeline performance and safety.
Baker Hughes (NYSE: BKR) is an energy technology company. We are taking energy forward – making it safer, cleaner and more efficient for people and the planet. We help operators confidently manage their assets, partnering to deliver data, technology, solutions and expertise for innovative ways of working. The mutual goal - safe operations, asset integrity and enhanced profitability.
Our unique portfolio of services in the pipeline space includes:
VPS is not just another webinar. The goal of the Virtual Pipeline Summit is to give back to the pipeline industry the lost opportunities for knowledge transfer and networking, and to provide a comprehensive overview and competitive technology showcase of a spectrum of problems and solutions in these challenging times.
The VPS provides a comprehensive overview of current problems and solutions in the market. The different technological approaches are in competition with each other and can be discussed online before, during and after the summit. The leading technology and service providert will present themselves in a virtual exhibition.
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