These free informational and Q & A sessions, cover a wide range of topics on asset integrity management and regulatory ramifications for the oil and gas industry. The topics focus on multiple solutions that obtain quality data, which informs the best decisions, and planning capability for the near and long term. Select a region below to discover your customized sessions.

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Find out more information about the previous sessions of our Europe Region below.

Pipeline Integrity Framework - Introductory Session

10 June 2020, 10:30 am BST

Key Note

This talk will look at the current status of pipeline integrity management, then “look into the future” to suggest some improvements and changes we need to consider if we want to continue operating safe pipelines.

Mind the Gap

With the energy industry seeking to increase the economic life of assets, many will remain in operation longer than anticipated. Alternative use (e.g. hydrogen) of our pipeline systems – incentivized by the energy transition – adds an additional challenge in managing our aging assets. Best practices from projects are a major component contributing to the success and safety of the industry. With cost pressures, an aging workforce and delivery deadlines, the time and effort required to capture and share those lessons are frequent casualties of those challenges. At the same time, pipelines are increasingly under the watchful eye of the public, demanding what has been referred to as a Roadmap to Zero Incidents. Systematic approaches derived from industry best practices may not sound like rocket science, but, working with many operators around the world, we experience many approaches and collect hard evidence on the results of those approaches. We firmly believe that most operators can achieve substantial efficiency gains and cost reductions by taking a value-chain approach. We will discuss a generic Pipeline Integrity Framework that enables the sharing of best practices and adds value to risk-based pipeline integrity decision-making. In addition, the described Framework will be instrumental in harvesting the value of the “digital promise” on data analytics and predictive analytics, ultimately contributing to efficiency and operational cost reduction.

Presenters:
Dr. Phil Hopkins, Phil Hopkins LTd
Roy van Elteren, Head of Integrity Solutions, ROSEN Europe

Pipeline Integrity Framework - Part 1 - Onshore stream

Morning session

12 June 2020, 10:30 am BST

Integrity Analytics – Data Science for Pipeline Integrity Management

"Integrity Analytics” involves the application of data science techniques (such as exploratory data analysis, data visualization, machine learning and computational probability) to everyday challenges of pipeline integrity management. By describing historical trends and creating predictive models, Integrity Analytics techniques can help us to use "big data" more effectively in the pipeline industry. Using a pilot data warehouse containing data for over 5,000 pipelines, it will be shown how Integrity Analytics can provide an alternative route to understanding complex pipeline threats, such as corrosion.

Dealing with SCC - An Approach to the Management of Pipeline External Stress Corrosion Cracking

Historically, many pipeline failures have been reported due to external Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) in the oil and gas industry worldwide. While numerous SCC cases have been reported on the American Continent from North to South, there is a much lower level of reporting of such problems in Western Europe, which may have led to misplaced confidence that the Old Continent remains relatively immune to pipeline SCC challenges. Our experience shows that the European markets are not immune to pipeline external SCC, with failures reported as early as 1968. In this paper, the challenges of managing pipeline external SCC will be highlighted. An approach to understanding more confidently the occurrence of SCC on pipeline networks and to proceed to a more reliable management of SCC (and cracking) will be discussed.

Presenters:
Michael Smith, Senior Engineer, ROSEN Group
Daniel Sandana, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group

Pipeline Integrity Framework - Part 1 - Offshore stream

Afternoon session

12 June 2020, 2:30 pm BST

Integrity Analytics – Data Science for Pipeline Integrity Management

"Integrity Analytics” involves the application of data science techniques (such as exploratory data analysis, data visualization, machine learning and computational probability) to everyday challenges of pipeline integrity management. By describing historical trends and creating predictive models, Integrity Analytics techniques can help us to use "big data" more effectively in the pipeline industry. Using a pilot data warehouse containing data for over 5,000 pipelines, it will be shown how Integrity Analytics can provide an alternative route to understanding complex pipeline threats, such as corrosion.

Taking CGA to the Next Level – Advances in ILI-based Corrosion Growth Assessment

Accurate estimates of corrosion growth behavior are important for effective Integrity Management, to reduce uncertainty in future predictions and enable continued safe and economic pipeline operation. Following a brief description of conventional methods of corrosion growth assessment from repeat ILI data, this presentation will go on to show how computer vision and machine learning can be used to enhance the resulting corrosion behavior estimates from these methods. It will further demonstrate how corrosion growth distributions can be estimated for a pipeline, where in-line inspection data is not available.

Presenters:
Michael Smith, Senior Engineer, ROSEN Group
Andy Russel, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group

Pipeline Integrity Framework - Part 2 - Onshore stream

Morning session

17 June 2020, 10:30 am BST

Taking CGA to the Next Level – Advances in ILI-based Corrosion Growth Assessment

Accurate estimates of corrosion growth behavior are important for effective Integrity Management, to reduce uncertainty in future predictions and enable continued safe and economic pipeline operation. Following a brief description of conventional methods of corrosion growth assessment from repeat ILI data, this presentation will go on to show how computer vision and machine learning can be used to enhance the resulting corrosion behavior estimates from these methods. It will further demonstrate how corrosion growth distributions can be estimated for a pipeline, where in-line inspection data is not available.

Capturing Opportunities in the Energy Transition – Hydrogen Integrity Framework

This talk will illustrate a comprehensive integrity management approach supporting pipeline operators with the conversion of their existing natural gas grids and operations for transporting hydrogen.

In the talk, we will summarize the potential threats, and the changes or additions to current integrity management (and potentially operating) practices needed to monitor these new threats.

Presenters:
Andy Russel, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group
Neil Gallon, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group

Pipeline Integrity Framework - Part 2 - Offshore stream

Afternoon session

17 June 2020, 2:30 pm BST

Pipelines Aging Gracefully - Assuring Longevity through Proactive Corrosion Management

Ageing is not about how old your equipment is; it is about its condition, and how that is changing over time. Aging assets, like the North Sea’s Forties oil field, which was brought online in 1975 is undergoing further development to extend their operational life beyond 2030, while others are being considered for future offshore hydrogen generation. An ageing asset doesn’t have to mean something that is unmanageable or inoperable (or unprofitable!). However, we are in an era where ageing assets the industry comes under greater regulatory scrutiny and the delicate balance between cost, efficiency, and sustainability continues to be just that, delicate. In order to create a sustainable and profitable future, we need to address integrity challenges in an integrated and strategic manner, always having a long-term strategy in mind. We must learn to be proactive and find answers to the questions like “What might go wrong?” and “How can we prevent incidents?” rather than having to answer the questions “What went wrong?” and “Could we have prevented this incident?”. Although a reactive approach may provide short-term cost savings, it is proactive corrosion management that delivers improved operational reliability and an optimisation of overall asset life-cycle cost.


Ready for a "Quick Fix?" – The Role of EPRS as a Key Component of PIMS

Offshore Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS), follow on from Emergency Response, providing business continuity by ensuing a repair response is available.

In this talk, we restate the basic process and elements of an EPRS. Look at a few of the challenges operators have experienced in establishing an EPRS, and consider the impact of a low oil price and asset change of ownership. We close this out with a simple self-assessment activity where you can assess your current level of preparedness.

Presenters:
Marguerite Forde, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group
Will Sharman, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group

Pipeline Integrity Framework - Part 3 - Onshore stream

Morning session

19 June 2020, 10:30 am BST

Need a Quick Fix? – An Update on Available Pipeline Repair Technologies and Solutions

During construction and subsequent operation, pipelines are subject to degradation, ageing mechanisms and external influences e.g. corrosion, fatigue, 3rd party damage, ground movement. Pipeline repair may be required when the structural integrity of the pipe has dropped below an acceptable level. In an extreme case this may be where there is a leak or rupture, but more usually it is where a defect has been identified by ILI or direct assessment and subsequent engineering assessment has confirmed the defect unacceptable for safe operation.

This talk will provide an outline of the key factors to consider when planning a pipeline repair, discuss repair method selection and provide an overview of available repair options today. This will include discussing repair options that fall outside of ASME B31.4, such as the epoxy sleeve or composites for the repair of cracks, together guidance on how to qualify and manage these repairs for safe install on a pipeline defect.

An Outside Perspective – The Importance of Cathodic Protection and Field Verification Data

The aim of the talk is to provide a general insight into how measured cathodic protection and environmental data obtained in conjunction with verification measurements of pipeline corrosion defects can provide clients with additional confidence for assessing and prioritising dig up campaigns associated with piggable and non-piggable pipeline scenarios.

Whilst offering insight into real life scenarios where often things are not quite the way it seems, the talk will have particular focus relating to the importance of accurate data gathering and how inaccuracies in measurement techniques can impact the operators vision significantly.

Presenters:
Lauren Guest, Senior Engineer, ROSEN Group
Dave Baglin, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group

Pipeline Integrity Framework - Part 3 - Offshore stream

Afternoon session

19 June 2020, 2:30 pm BST

Maintaining Safe Operations – Working with the Regulations and Keeping the HSE Onside

The HSE introduced the Pipeline Safety Regulations (PSR) almost a quarter of a century ago in 1996. The PSR replaced earlier prescriptive legislation on the management of pipeline safety with a more integrated, goal-setting, risk-based approach encompassing both onshore and offshore pipelines.

This talk will look at the structure of the regulations and how they should be implemented to ensure that effective pipeline integrity management processes in place that will stand up to the scrutiny of the HSE. Emphasis will be placed on the HSE’s more recent focus on Maintaining Safe Operations through Leadership Audits (MSOLA) as part of their wider offshore inspections and the key concerns these audits have raised since their introduction (in the wake of the previous oil price crash in 2015) and what you need to do to keep the HSE onside.

The NIMA Framework – A Tool for Dynamic Offshore Pipeline RBI

To help address the challenges faced by operators with ageing subsea assets, ROSEN has investigated ways to utilize the NIMA framework for the optimization of offshore pipeline integrity management.

This talk will provide insight into the offshore implementation of NIMA. In particular, it will be demonstrated how the framework facilitates the integration of multiple data sets, including subsea survey, in-line inspection data and pipeline risk-based inspection (RBI) within a single platform that allows for optimized integrity decision support.

Presenters:
Dave Fletts, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group
Michael Young, Senior Engineer, ROSEN Group