Left Alan Murray and right Muhammad A. Arafin
Left Kamal Botros and right David Horsley
Left John Bomba and right Julia Race
The books are being closed on yet another International Pipeline Conference which once again was very successful both financially and attendance-wise.
A total of 1301 delegates from 43 countries attended IPC 2010 – a strong showing in a year where the economy was suffering world-wide.
462 of those delegates took part in the excellent tutorial program scheduled on Monday and Wednesday.
There were 14 Tracks and within those tracks 79 sessions with 367 technical papers were presented by experts in their fields from around the world.
15 student papers were presented and 7 of the student presenters participated in the Student Paper Competition. The winning paper entitled, A Microtexture-Microstructure Model to Simulate Intergranular Stress Corrosion Crack Propagation in Pipeline Steel, was written and presented by Muhammad A. Arafin from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Along with the honour of presenting the best student paper, Muhammad received $1000.00.
The Rio Pipeline Award is for the best paper presented at IPC. The winning paper was co-authored by Kamal Botros and J. Geerligs and was entitled, Decompression Wave Speed in Rich Gas Mixtures at High Pressures (37MPa) and Implications on Fracture Control Toughness Requirements in Pipeline Design. The author will receive an all expense paid trip to Rio de Janeiro in October 2011 to present this paper at the Rio Pipeline Conference & Exposition.
Technip won the Global Pipeline Award for their entry on pipe in pipe application for transferring LNG offshore. John Bomba with Technip accepted the award on behalf of Technip at the IPC closing luncheon.
Several receptions gave delegates the opportunity to network with their peers. And guest speakers at three luncheons enlightened delegates about topics of international interest in the pipeline industry.
The three day International Pipeline Exposition (IPE), held in conjunction with IPC, was completely sold out with 209 exhibiting companies from over 39 countries and was visited by 5,065 attendees.
The IPCE sponsorship program was once again strongly supported by members of the pipeline industry with a total of 8 patrons, 43 conference sponsors; 20 media sponsors and 2 major Exposition sponsors.
As IPC was a financial success, not only will future conferences be financially supported but, through the International Pipeline Conference Foundation and the ASME Pipeline Systems Division, funds will be directed to further research, learning, and advancements in the field of pipeline engineering.
The IPC Organizing and Technical Committees are currently regrouping to move forward on the 2012 conference and will work hard to keep this conference at the top of every pipeliner’s list as “the” conference to attend.