Despite an earthquake occurring in Mexico prior to the commencement of its Annual Convention, IPLOCA made the decision to go ahead with the event, and, by doing so, show solidarity to the country’s people.
Many of them expressed their gratitude that IPLOCA members were present in such circumstances; the program was run as planned.
The 51st Annual IPLOCA Convention was hosted in Mexico City on 25–29 September.
As a result of the effects of the earthquake, the number of participants was reduced from the 520 delegates that had been registered.
The IPLOCA Board and the Secretariat said they were appreciative that all of the event’s sponsors – including major sponsors CAT, CRC-Evans, Worldwide Group, Liebherr, Maats and Euro Pipeline Equipment – honoured their commitment to the Association, and to the majority of registered delegates that attended.
New Board of Directors
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Friday, 29 September and included the President’s Year in Review, the Treasurer’s report on the status of IPLOCA’s accounts and the incoming President’s objectives for the year.
Amendments to the By-laws were approved and the results of the 2017–18 Board of Directors elections were also ratified.
John Tikkanen of Shawcor and Iosif Panchak of Stroygazmontazh were elected first and second Vice Presidents, respectively, while Adam Wynne Hughes of Pipeline Induction Heat was confirmed as the new Treasurer of the Association.
During the Open General Meetings (OGMs), high profile speakers covered a wide variety of topics, including safety culture and risk management, large projects in Mexico, the use of polyethylene pipes, the gas industry and the United Nations, the removal of large offshore platforms, and global energy trends.
During the OGMs, three industry awards were also presented, as well as the 2017 IPLOCA Scholarship Program recipients being announced.
The 2017 IPLOCA Health & Safety Award, sponsored by Chevron, was awarded to Dodsal Engineering and Construction Pte Ltd, represented by Ramadugu Devanandam and Anil Shivashankar, in recognition of their Road safety initiative – robot road safety manager.
The adjudication committee granted the award because the project includes a IVMS with a robot for drivers’ self-evaluation, it provides positive recognition for good behaviour and it is an innovative solution where leadership fails.
The 2017 IPLOCA Corporate Social Responsibility Award, sponsored by Total, is awarded in recognition of an initiative aimed at improving the living conditions of the people in communities local to and impacted by pipeline industry work.
The 2017 award was given to Fluor, represented by Larry Bolander, in recognition of its 2016 Global Community Project Fund.
The adjudication committee granted the award because of the project’s strong corporate global commitment, the employee and stakeholder’s engagement shown in the initiative and the fact that it is a long-term and highly diverse initiative.
The 2017 IPLOCA New Technologies Award, sponsored by BP, was presented jointly to CRC-Evans Pipeline International and LaValley Industries LLC, represented by Brian Laing and Jason LaValley, for their work on their onshore Tonghand Exit Side Wrench.
The adjudication committee granted the award because it is innovative, improves health and safety and had the highest score.
The IPLOCA Scholarship Program named 20 recipients, who are children or grandchildren of employees of IPLOCA member companies.
They were each awarded US$4,500 as a financial contribution to full-time studies at an accredited college, university or vocational school of the student’s choice.
Preparations have already started for IPLOCA’s 52nd Annual Convention, which will take place in London on 10-14 September 2018.
For more information visit the IPLOCA website.
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