CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

NOW CLOSED.

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Tenth Annual Pipeline + Energy Expo, featuring a three track Operations, Construction, and Integrity Conference Schedule.

The Pipeline + Energy Expo is the premier event for energy transportation, operations, and integrity.  It leads the idea and product exchange for the transportation industry, and is the perfect place to connect talents with needs.

This two-and-a-half day conference will explore such topics as engineering, production, pipeline safety and integrity, optimization and efficiencies, and best practices. The 2018 Pipeline + Energy Expo will offer energy transportation pros a unique opportunitiy to meet and hear the views of major North American industry leaders, as well as to learn about important technical and regulatory developments in construction and operational management, equipment, and practices.

Abstracts should summarize non-commercial presentations about projects and technology.  Case studies on applications or processes are especially welcome, particularly with an eye on results, impact on values and/or other management and technical benefits or costs. Case studies must also be technical and non-commercial.  We invite you to submit an abstract by TUESDAY AUGUST 1ST, 2017!

WHO WILL BE YOUR AUDIENCE?

AUDIENCE ATTENDEE PROFILE:

• Operations Managers
• Engineers
• Inspectors
• R&D Specialists
• Transportation Specialists
• Data Analysts
• GIS Specialists
• Pipeline Engineers and Operators
• Corrosion Engineers and Technicians

     

• Integrity Managers
• SCADA Engineers
• Training Specialisits/Instructors
• Accident/Incident Investigators
• Attorneys
• Auditors Economists
• Pipeline Contractors
• Pigging Professionals
• Pig Tracking Engineers

ABSTRACT REQUIREMENTS

  • Abstracts should be no more than 2,000 characters
  • In submitting an abstract you are indicating your availability and willingness to attend and present at the Pipeline + Energy Expo, April 3-5, 2018, in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Your abstract should be in English, completely original and address issues as outlined in the conference focus areas
  • Abstracts should summarize a non-commercial, technical presentation about solutions, approaches, areas of technology, technology application, theory, case studies or application, evaluation, results, management processes and application, impact on value and/or other management and technical benefits and costs

SELECTED ABSTRACTS

  • The primary contact will be notified by email whether the abstract has been selected
  • If your abstract is selected, you must comply with all deadlines
  • A PowerPoint presentation will be required to be given at the conference if your abstract is selected
  • Thirty minutes will be allotted for a presentation (including question/answer discussion)
  • Full instructions on the preparation of presentations will be sent to authors of selected abstracts

CONDITIONS

  • Speakers are responsible for their own travel and related expenses, but will receive a complimentary full conference delegate registration for the Pipeline + Energy Expo
  • Please ensure that the speaker details provided when submitting an abstract are full and correct, as these will be used for pre-event marketing

TECHNICAL FOCUS AREAS


GENERAL CATEGORIES

SCADA, Health and Safety, Risk assessment, Consequences of failure, Cybersecurity, Valve Automation, Compression, Rehabilitation, Expansion, Measurement & Instrumentation, Documentation/Record Keeping, ROW, Environmental Remediation, Regulatory/permitting, Directional drilling, Trenching, Commissioning, Line pipe , Hot tapping, Inline inspection, Automated pigging, Hydrotesting, IM system integration, Data management, Corrosion control, Direct assessment, Cathodic protection, Leak detection, Cleaning, Pig tracking, Maintenance programs, Airborne inspection, Unpiggable pipelines.

When submitting an abstract, you will be asked to select a topic for which you wish to submit. Your abstract should address at least one of the following areas:

OPERATIONS:

  • SCADA – Describe how your pipeline operation uses safety and control systems with SCADA technologies.
  • Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Environmental – What should be considered when establishing procedures, documented processes, inspection, following regulations and rules in a pipeline operation?
  • Pipeline Risk assessment – How does your company maintain its risk management program during all phases of pipeline design, operations, and maintenance?
  • Valve automation – Presentations should focus on adding automated and remote valves as part of the pipeline safety plan, ultimately giving better control over pipeline networks.
  • Compression – Describe the frequency of compression stations along the pipeline, operating pressure of the pipeline, separation processes and personnel the stations. How do they work? Why are they important? How is energy efficiency maintained?
  • Rehabilitation –Pipeline deterioration can be dire and costly; how does your company monitor and rehab its’ pipeline network?
  • Expansion – Is your company expanding its operations? What environmental and regulatory obstacles do you face? Public opposition? How do you determine demand and market interest? What are the options for creating additional pipeline capacity – converting old pipeline, building new or expanding current facilities?
  • Measurement & Instrumentation – Flow meters, pig detectors, valve status indicators, valve automation equipment, temperature sensors, vibration sensors, tamper systems, alarms, etc. What practices and procedures does your company employ to ensure pipeline integrity?
  • Documentation/Record keeping – What are some best practices for documenting pipeline operations and integrity management?
  • Unconventional Transportation – Describe the differences, advantages, disadvantages and economic benefits associated with the different modes of crude oil transportation. Pipeline vs. Tanker vs. Rail. Focus specifically on moving heavy crudes.

CONSTRUCTION:

  • Welding – The latest technology in pipeline welding – equipment, consumables and integrated solutions. The safety and inspection of welds.
  • Field-applied coating – Coatings are an essential element to the successful long-term integrity of a pipeline. What are some of the numerous products and procedure used by the industry?
  • ROW – What are some challenges faced when obtaining right of way during construction – FERC, written agreements, restrictions, landowner and public backlash.
  • Environmental remediation – Addressing environmental impact at pipeline facilities in regards to contamination, leaks, etc.
  • Regulatory/permitting – FERC approval, permitting and siting for new and expanded pipeline facilities.
  • Directional drilling – The tools and techniques are similar in directional oil well drilling and directional drilling rig used for pipeline construction – how do these differ and how are they the same?
  • Trenching – Best practices for pipeline excavation, trenching and backfilling.
  • Commissioning – Explain the best processes of proving the ability of a pipeline to contain a product without leaking: manual inspections, inspection of welds (X-Ray typically), qualification of pump stations, caliper pig runs, MFL or ultrasonic inspections, etc.
  • Line pipe – How do onshore and offshore line pipe differ in respect do demanding conditions and environment?
  • Hot tapping – What are the best hot tapping procedures to decrease interruption time and costs? What are the benefits of the newer hot tapping technologies?

INTEGRITY:

  • Inline inspection – How smart is a smart pig – explain the tools available on today’s smart pigs.
  • Automated pigging – Why is remote pigging faster and more efficient?
  • Hydro testing – It is essential to identify the limits of a pipeline – how does hydro testing help?
  • IM system integration – Pipeline integrity management plans are a critical tool in maintaining pipelines and monitoring corrosion. What best practices does your company use?
  • Data management – How does DM enhance accuracy and improve efficiencies in pipeline operations?
  • Corrosion control – Unprotected pipelines are susceptible to corrosion. What is the best technology to extend pipeline structural life?
  • Direct assessment – How does your company evaluate pipelines for integrity management as directed by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the state regulatory commission?
  • Cathodic protection – Best types of protection and the problems that can arise with each application.
  • Leak detection – The best way to detect leaks before it’s too late.

INTEGRITY CONTINUED:

  • Cleaning – Mechanical or chemical – what’s the best way and why?
  • Pig tracking – What if your pig gets stuck or lost? How do you track it?
  • Maintenance programs – Standardized practices for routine pipeline maintenance work, incorporating best management practices into all pipeline activities.
  • Airborne Inspection Case Studies - An opportunity to present the latest in drones. Airborne inspections often look for puddling leaks along a pipeline. How effective is this?
  • Unpiggable pipelines – a large number of pipelines were not designed for inline inspection – how does the industry deal with the challenges?
  • Consequences of failure – Describe what types of consequences (leaks, fees, expensive repair costs, injuries/fatalities, etc.) pipeline operators encounter due to failure.
  • Cybersecurity – What policies, programs and initiatives/actions does your company utilize to address cybersecurity concerns in order to ensure safe and reliable delivery via pipelines?
  • Extending the life of an aging pipeline network - As pipelines approach the end of their design life, what are the latest technologies available and what technologies are needed in the future to extend pipeline use, ensuring safety and security?

SPEAKER BENEFITS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

BENEFITS:

  • Receive widespread recognition from your peers
  • Gain valuable information and learn the latest solutions from other pipeline and transportation professionals
  • Profit from establishing important new contacts critical to growing your business or enhancing your career
  • Receive a complimentary full conference registration
  • Speaker's name will be featured in the event marketing materials including the preliminary event guide, show guide, and event website

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The primary contact will be responsible for meeting all deadlines and requirements regarding the paper presentation.  The primary contact is required to submit a final manuscript to be included in the online conference proceedings by February 1, 2018.  This contact also needs to notify conference management of any changes, additions or corrections in author, co-author, paper titles or availability to present the submitted paper at the appointed date and time.  Unless otherwise noted on the abstract, the presenter will be considered the primary contact.

FOR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CONFERENCE MANAGER:

Joey Stenner
Email: jstenner@pennwell.com
Direct: +1 918 831 9598