The winning author and runner-up were announced after the competition’s eight finalists presented their papers during the International Pipeline Conference (IPC) closing day on 28 September.
Executives from PII Pipeline Solutions and Alliance Pipeline presented the award to the author of the winning paper, Erica Marley, who is now with Det Norske Veritas (DNV), at the IPC’s ASME awards luncheon. Ms Marley was selected for her paper Assessment of recent experimental data on the collapse capacity of UOE pipelines.
Karina Chevil of the University of Alberta was selected as runner-up for her submission, Developing cathodic protection based on disbondment geometry.
The finalists toured PII’s Calgary pipeline inspection services facility and the International Pipeline Exposition, held in parallel with the IPC, to learn more about in-line inspection technologies. PII opened its new, expanded facility in 2010 to better meet the needs of its Canadian oil and gas industry customers.Article continues below…
Director of Pipeline and Corridor Risk Management for Alliance Pipeline Arti Bhatia said “This competition not only offers these students valuable industry exposure, but also provides Alliance Pipeline, PII Pipeline Solutions and other companies the opportunity to identify promising technical minds.”
PII’s Canadian team has been involved with the master’s of engineering programme at the University of Calgary for several years. This partnership gives students an opportunity to see how the topics covered in class apply to the pipeline industry.