The annual Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management (PPIM) Conference and Exhibition 2017 was held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, Texas, US. With its comprehensive conference program, 2017 marked the biggest year in the 29-year history of the event.
The event kicked off with a number of training course held on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February. Topics covered in the courses included defect assessment, pipeline integrity management, hot tapping, hydrostatic testing, safety management, pigging and in-line inspection, in-service welding and more.
The 2017 training course program also featured a one-day briefing on pipeline pigging and integrity management in non-technical language. This new addition to PPIM was designed to familiarise attendees with pipeline pigging without the confusing technical jargon. This non-technical course was broken down into three parts, covering utility pigs, smart pigs and a general introduction to pipeline integrity.
Training course attendees were able to relax and digest their learnings on Tuesday afternoon at a reception sponsored by the Young Pipeline Professional (YPP). Representatives from the YPP gave a short presentation at the reception, encouraging those in attendance to consider opportunities for knowledge sharing and education, to ensure that the next generation of leaders are well-equipped to copy with any of the challenges the industry might throw at them.
Following the training days, the event began to ramp up with the opening plenary session being held on the morning on Wednesday 1 March. The session was attended by over 300 individuals and featured keynote presentations from Jeff Wiese (TRC Solutions), Michelle Unger (Rosen), Dr Phil Hopkins (PHL), Jerry Rau (RCP), and Jane Rau (JTrain Inc).
Speakers in the plenary session reflected on the history of the US pipelines industry, and how the sector can best prepare for the future through training and education. Michelle Unger spoke about Rosen’s new qualification route map, while Jane and Jerry Rau discussed strategies for the industry to begin closing the generational gap before many of the ‘old hands’ in begin to retire.
In the afternoon, the conference broke into three separate streams chaired by Everett Johnson, George Williamson, and Terry Shamblin.
The large-scale Exhibition Hall also opened on Wednesday morning. The first day of the exhibition saw an record number of attendees passing through, bringing plenty of new business and networking opportunities to the exhibiting companies.
Conference sessions wrapped up at 5.30pm on Wednesday afternoon. Following this all conference attendees and exhibitors were invited to attend the opening reception, sponsored by Precision Pigging, in the Exhibition Hall. The event was an opportunity to relax and meet with colleagues from around the world after a busy day at the event.
The success of the first day continued for the remainder of the event. Thursday’s program included a full day of conference sessions, split into three streams, and opportunities companies to present new products and technologies at the exhibitors’ stage with the Exhibition Hall. The program for the day wrapped up with an evening reception held in the Exhibition Hall and Sponsored by Rosen.
With such a successful year in 2017, planning is already underway for the 2018 event, which will be the 30th anniversary of PPIM.
Speakers in the plenary session reflected on the history of the US pipelines industry, and how the sector can best prepare for the future through training and education. Michelle Unger spoke about Rosen’s new qualification route map, while Jane and Jerry Rau discussed strategies for the industry to begin closing the generational gap.
Interested in participating in PPIM 2018?
In 2018, PPIM will once again be held at the George R Brown Convention Centre in Houston, Texas, US, on 29 January –
1 February. The event will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The Call for Papers for the 2018 event is now open. Abstracts are being accepted until 2 October 2017. For further information, or to submit your abstract, contact John Tiratsoo at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in exhibiting at PPIM 2018, contact Clarion Technical Conferences’ Traci Branstetter at email@example.com
PPIM is organised by Clarion Technical Conference and Tiratsoo Technical. The event is supported by Pipelines International.
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