Dr. Konrad Reber

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.

15.05 - 15.25 CET

Virtual Pipeline Summit 9 Dec

Keynote Speech: Pushing the limits of what is possible - Challenging Pipelines in the Past, Present and Future

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.