The Energy Pipelines CRC education program provided a beneficial and significant exchange of knowledge to and from the researchers and industry personnel.
Over the life of the CRC, 23 Higher Degree Research (HDR) students have graduated with their PhD and 2 HDR students have graduated with their Masters. Of the 24 HDR students who have graduated, 24 are employed in the pipeline industry or in pipeline-related research. To date there have been 25 industry members involved in co-supervision of the Energy Pipelines CRC HDR students. A large proportion of the industry members have been involved with more than one of the HDR research projects.
One of the main mechanisms for transferring the knowledge gained through research activities to industry was through the development and delivery of coursework units. The majority of coursework units were delivered at research seminars and at the annual research conferences.
There have also been structured professional training courses arising from the CRC’s work such as intensive one-day workshops. Close to 200 coursework units were recorded and uploaded to the members’ area of the Energy Pipelines CRC website for ongoing access.
Biannual Research Seminars were held from 2010 to 2018 providing updates on all research programs as well as specific research projects that have reached a specific milestone. Keynote speakers often present at these events providing fresh perspective on industry issues.
An annual Researcher Conference was held each year and was an opportunity to bring together the Energy Pipelines CRC Research Team for networking and professional development as well an opportunity for industry members to provide intensive masterclasses on various sectors of the Australian pipeline industry.