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Offshore Competency Standards are taking shape

March 16, 2016 0

A group of key participants in the offshore pipeline industry have come together to identify the competencies needed for pipeline engineering and have begun to draft them into a set of competency standards.

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Novel sensor to detect pipeline corrosion

March 16, 2016 0

Deakin University, in collaboration with the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre, has made progress on a new sensor to monitor corrosion related damage to pipelines.

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The EPCRC and its forward focus

March 16, 2016 0

The Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre needs to determine its future direction in the coming years and consider the involvement of the industry in this process.

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Maintaining vigilance key to industry’s ongoing safety success

March 16, 2016 0

Canadian Energy Pipelines Association President Brenda Kenny gave our industry a stark reminder during her visit to Australia: “Anybody’s incident is everybody’s incident”.

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AS 2885: the foundation of a safe and successful pipeline industry

March 16, 2016 0

It has been 20 years since the Council of Australian Governments decided that all high-pressure pipelines in Australia must be designed tested, constructed, operated and maintained to one Australian Standard: AS 2885.

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Comparing international pipeline failure rates

March 16, 2016 0

Rates of pipeline failure in Australia seem to be substantially lower than in the Americas and Europe, at only 10-20 per cent of the international mean for failures in onshore transmission pipelines. This paper examines the validity of the Australian data and explores reasons for the difference. Some reasons are obvious, such as the relative youth of Australian pipelines, which results in a negligible rate of corrosion failures. However, there is no obvious explanation for the markedly lower rate of failures due to third party damage. It is hypothesised that Australian practices for managing third party damage may differ in some way. Given the high social and economic cost of pipeline failures, there should be a comparative study to identify any beneficial differences between third party damage protection practices in Australia and elsewhere.

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Energy Pipelines CRC communicates latest research findings to industry

March 16, 2016 0

The Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre’s ninth research dissemination seminar, held on 4 June 2014 at the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus, enjoyed record-breaking attendance from industry professionals and other end users.

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2014: a year of achievements and opportunities

March 16, 2016 0

2014 was an impressive year for the Energy Pipelines CRC, including numerous achievements and opportunities for both our researchers and industry partners. The year saw the Energy Pipelines CRC recognised for its innovative research and the opening of new facilities for the pipeline industry.

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A CP enthusiast: Ying Huo

March 16, 2016 0

The Australian Pipeliner spoke to Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre researcher Ying Huo about his current PhD study into environmental factors that affect cathodic protection efficiency, and discussed how his research could benefit the Australian pipeline industry in the future.

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Energy Pipelines CRC: maximising value with world-class research

March 16, 2016 0

In my last article I spoke of my visits to APIA Research and Standards Committee members and the need for all of those involved with the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre to assist us in determining our future direction. However, collaboration in the present and recognition of our past achievements are just as important.

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Energy Pipelines CRC wins award for fracture control research

March 16, 2016 0

The Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre has been awarded an Excellence in Innovation Award by the Cooperative Research Centres Association for its research into fracture control of gas pipelines

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Pipeline researchers head to Ostend

March 16, 2016 0

The Pipeline Technical Conference is held on average every four years and is one of the leading international pipeline technology conferences. In 2013 Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre research students YouYou Wu, Bradley Davis and Alhoush Elshahomi, Nacap Executive Manager Engineering Wahid Roshan, and industry advisor Leigh Fletcher had the honour of presenting their work at the 6th Pipeline Technical Conference, held from 7-9 October 2013 in Ostend, Belgium.

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In conversation with Savitha Balu

March 16, 2016 0

After working as an engineer for 11 years, Savitha Balu has returned to university to complete a PhD at the Australian National University. Ms Balu recently spoke with The Australian Pipeliner about the research project she is involved in as part of her PhD, which looks at the hierarchical standing of technical experts and safety specialists within their organisation and examines whether they have any real decision-making power.

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Keeping pipelines on the level: Dr Bassem Youssef

March 16, 2016 0

As part of his PhD study, Dr Bassem Youssef, who is now employed at Atteris as a project engineer, developed a unique pipeline on-bottom stability simulation program, which won the Australian Gas Innovation Award Commendation in 2012. The Australian Pipeliner spoke with Dr Youssef to find out more about his research and why it is so important for offshore pipelines.

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A cautionary tale on propagating brittle fracture in pipelines

March 16, 2016 0

A cautionary tale is a classic form of storytelling, which imparts a moral message or warns the reader of a certain danger. This cautionary tale warns of the danger of propagating brittle fracture in a pipeline.

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EPCRC showcases its research achievements

March 16, 2016 0

The Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre held its 8th Research Seminar on 27 November 2013 at the Parmelia Hilton in Perth.

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The EPCRC in 2013: year in review

March 16, 2016 0

The Australian Pipeliner takes a look at the EPCRC in 2013.

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An SCC enthusiast: Luke Zadow

March 16, 2016 0

The Australian Pipeliner spoke to one of the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre’s bright young researchers Luke Zadow about his sponsored Master’s project on stress corrosion cracking and the direct benefits that his research will have on the pipeline industry.

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Deepwater Horizon – lessons for the pipeline industry

March 16, 2016 0

The Deepwater Horizon incident has impacted significantly on the offshore drilling industry in the US and globally.

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Federal Government lauds Energy Pipelines CRC research

March 16, 2016 0

This article reports on a recent successful Federal Government review of the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre, which highlighted the outstanding partnership between the industry and researchers ensuring that the excellent research outcomes are rapidly taken up by industry and adopted into AS2885.

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An update on APIA’s PE Gathering CoP Working Group

March 16, 2016 0

As most of the industry will be aware, field development of the three major coal seam gas to LNG projects in Queensland continues apace.

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TMS Consulting and APIA partner for landmark study on human fatigue

March 16, 2016 0

The Australian pipeline industry is very much a safe industry. Some estimates suggest that safety incident rates in the Australian pipeline industry are about an order of magnitude lower than in many overseas locations.

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Progress in pipelines: an update from the industry’s research head

March 16, 2016 0

The Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre is working with four universities and the members of the APIA Research and Standards Committee on a range of research projects.

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Creating a social licence for pipelines: Brenda Kenny

March 16, 2016 0

Attending her first APIA Conference and Exhibition in 2012, The Australian Pipeliner caught up with Canadian Energy Pipelines Association President and CEO Dr Brenda Kenny to get her thoughts on how the industries compare and what the future holds for the Canadian pipeline industry.

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Interview with a corrosion expert – NACE International President Kevin Garrity

March 16, 2016 0

Attending the Australasian Corrosion Association’s recent annual conference in Melbourne, NACE International President and Mears Group Senior Vice President – Engineering, Special Projects and Consulting Kevin Garrity sat down with The Australian Pipeliner Associate Editor Sally Commins to discuss what Australia and the United States of America can learn from each other in the field of corrosion engineering.

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