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May 31, 2019
Category: Research Update International 

22nd Joint Technical Meeting Held In Brisbane.

Earlier this month the 22nd Biennial Joint Technical Meeting (JTM) on Pipeline Research was held in Brisbane. This premier event brought together over 150 leading pipeline researchers and experts from across the world.

The technical program for the JTM consisted of 36 papers that represent the very latest and best research being done through the cooperative programs of Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), European Pipeline Research Group (EPRG) and the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association’s Research and Standards Committee (APGA-RSC). APGA is a partner in the Energy Pipelines CRC and Future Fuels CRC and research from the Energy Pipelines CRC was included within the session papers.

The diverse set of papers related to welding and materials, fracture control, corrosion and cathodic protection, horizontal directional drilling, integrity and inspection, pipelines in the community, and subsea pipelines. Research presentations from the Energy Pipelines CRC included:

  • Madeleine Du Toit - Elimination of PWHT for In-Service Welding
  • Tom Seeber - Results from the Energy Pipelines CRC Cathodic Protection Shore Crossing Test Program 
  • Sarah Holdsworth - Planning for Safety: an International Comparative Study of Land Use Planning Around Pipelines 
  • Sarah Maslen - Case-based Learning in the Pipeline Industry for Organisational and Technical Lessons
  • Neil Smith - Industry Guideline – Managing Noise, Gas Dispersion and Ignition Hazards when Venting Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines 
  • Ivi Cicak - Assessing Coatings for Pipelines Installed by HDD 
  • Ying Huo - New Methods for Assessing Coating Integrity and Cathodic Efficiency Protection Under Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Pipeline Conditions 
  • Guillaume Michal - Influence of Separation on the Stress State Path Towards Ductile Failure 
  • Bradley Davis - Comparing Separation Severity in Small- and Full-scale Fracture Tests 
  • Guillaume Michal - Effect of Backfill in a Full Scale Fracture Propagation Test 
  • Bob Varela - Laboratory and In-field Validation of Advanced CP and Corrosion Monitoring Probes 
  • Mike Tan - Recent Progress in Understanding Factors Affecting Cathodic Disbondment and Corrosion under Disbonded Coatings

In addition to the presentation of papers, the program also included workshop sessions designed to identify future research topics in the areas of Welding and Material Properties, Future Fuels, Subsea/Offshore and Integrity Management.

The JTM delegates actively participated in these workshops to discuss future directions for cooperative research within the world-wide pipeline industry, and to better define how the talents and capabilities in EPRG, APGA RSC and PRCI can be combined in more productive and innovative ways.

The JTM 2019 was considered a success by the organising committee. The quality of the technical papers and discussion, as well as the social program, was commended by the delegates. Everybody is looking forward to the 23rd JTM to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2021.

For those who attended the JTM. Copies of the papers and presentations can be download at. https://www.conferenceco.com.au/JTM/JTM2019_Login.asp. Those APGA RSC members who were unable to attend, but would like to receive a copy of some of the papers, please contact Klaas van Alphen. 

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