Speakers are listed below in alphabetical order


1. Low Strain Capacity Girth Welds of Newly Constructed Pipelines and Its Implications in Integrity Management

2. Strain Capacity of Vintage Girth Welds and Integrity Management Process"

3. Application of Essential Welding Variable Methodology in Addreinssg Low Girth Weld Strain Capacity Issues and Path to Standard Revision


Dr Yong-Yi Wang is the founder and president of CRES. He is a leading expert on the structural integrity of pipelines and piping systems, particularly welds and joints.  Dr. Wang conducts research and provides consulting services to owners/operators and regulators on the design, construction, operation and maintenance of pipelines.

Dr Wang is the honoree of the ASME Distinguished Lecture Series at IPC 2018.  He chairs the Fracture Mechanics Subcommittee of API Standard 1104.  He has contributed to ASME B31.8, ASME B31.12, CSA Z662, and ASTM. Dr. Wang has authored over 150 technical papers on fracture mechanics, materials, welding, fitness-for-service assessment, and integrity management.  He holds an MS and a PhD in Mechanics and Materials from MIT.

4. Fitness for Purpose Hydrogen Induced Cracking (HIC) Testing: An Overview of Current Standardization Activities


Christoph Bosch studied Chemical Engineering at Dortmund University, Germany and received a PhD degree in Technical Chemistry at Aachen University of Technology, Germany in 1999. Thereafter, he worked as a Post-doc at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA until being employed as Research Engineer at Salzgitter Mannesmann Research, Duisburg, Germany in 2001. In 2004, Christoph took on the position as Head of the Corrosion Department before he was appointed as Senior Expert and Head of Test Laboratories at Salzgitter Mannesmann Research in 2017. Christoph's main field of activity covers corrosion and corrosion testing of steels, particularly under sour service conditions. Beyond that Christoph is a member of the NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 Maintenance Panel and is active in several technical committees of NACE International, as well as in the Corrosion Committee of the EPRG.

5. Hydrogen Cracking Susceptibility

8. Improved ERW Fatigue Life Estimation

11. Alternate Anomaly Response Criteria for Dent Management


Aaron Dinovitzer is a Vice President at BMT Canada with more than 25 years of technical experience. He is Structural Engineer and a CWB certified Welding. His technical activities involve a combination of engineering research and consulting, including the development of defect assessment techniques and fitness for purpose assessments for clients in the pipeline, marine and defence industries. He has been involved in numerical simulation and experimental trials to support through life structural and mechanical system integrity in both design and in-service maintenance programs.

6. Elimination of PWHT for In-Service Welding


Madeleine du Toit is a Professor in the Welding Engineering Research Group at the University of Wollongong in Australia. She holds BEng, MEng and PhD degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Masters degree in Welding Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a qualified International Welding Engineer (IWE) and a Certified Materials Professional (CMatP) with Materials Australia.

7. Girth weld defect acceptability based on actual defect shape and Interaction


Vitor Adriano earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Brasília, Brazil in 2013. In the two following years, he worked as a Design Engineer and PLC Programmer in two different industrial companies in Brazil. In 2015, he joined the Fatigue, Fracture and Materials research group headed by Prof. José Alexander Araújo at the Mechanical Engineering Department - University of Brasília. There he started his Master’s degree, in which the fatigue behavior of aluminum wires extracted from overhead electric cables was investigated. The study developed during his Master’s included either numerical simulations or experimental fatigue tests. Currently, he is a PhD researcher at Ghent University, Belgium under the supervision of Prof. Stijn Hertelé. His main research topic is “Effects of volumetric flaws on the integrity assessment of sharp weld defects”. His research embraces experimental and numerical fracture mechanics, Engineering Critical Assessment (ECA) and weld Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) techniques.

9. A Comprehensive Assessment of Inspection Technologies for Characterizing ERW Seam Anomalies and Impact on Pipeline Integrity Management

12. Performance Evaluation of ILI Systems for Detecting and Discriminating Metal Loss, Cracks and Gouges in Dents


Mark Piazza is the Manager of Pipeline Compliance and R&D for Colonial Pipeline Company (Colonial), and formerly worked as the Manager of Colonial’s Integrity Management Program. Prior to joining Colonial, Mark worked for 7 years as a Research Program Director at Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), and led the development of a comprehensive research program focused on ERW integrity management. Mark is the Vice-chair of PRCI’s Research Steering Committee, which is establishing research objectives and priorities for the pipeline industry, and driving technology development to benefit pipeline safety. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and is a licensed professional geologist.

10. Recent EPRG Activities on Dent and Gougr Damage Detection and Assessment


Paul Roovers is a Chemical Engineer who joined Fluxys in 1991. In the company he has successively been involved in the prorogation of transmission permits, standardization activities and prequalification of manufacturers. At the moment he is part of the HSEQ department where he is responsible for the Pipeline Integrity Management System and integrity issues detected by ILI. Paul is also acting Assistant Secretary General of the EPRG.

13. Performance of Pipe-soil Interaction Models in a Quasi-dynamic Approach to Pipeline Stability Analysis


Dr Kourosh Abdolmaleki has 22+ years of experience in analysis, design and construction of offshore floating structures and submarine pipelines. His areas of expertise include hydrodynamics, ocean waves, on-bottom stability of pipelines and pipe-soil interaction models. He is also experienced in dynamics of floating systems and has conducted strength and reliability analysis of FPSO mooring systems. Kourosh has managed teams of engineers and software developers to produce applications for engineering analyses and designs. He has hands-on experience with CFD and FEA packages and has written software using Matlab, Python, Fortran, Mathcad and Pascal on both Windows and Linux operating systems. Kourosh currently manages the SPDA-1-3: OBS software package upgrade and ENV-4-1: River-X software Development projects for PRCI.

14. Results from the Energy Pipelines CRC Cathodic Protection Shore Crossing Test Program


Thomas leads Atteris’ onshore team which offers engineering for pipelines crossing difficult areas such as shorelines, waterways, and escarpments. His expertise includes conventional pipeline crossing construction methods and trenchless designs such as HDD and tunnelling. Combined with his subsea pipeline stabilisation design knowledge, Thomas provides seamless onshore to offshore pipeline interfacing throughout the pipeline life cycle.

Thomas was born and raised in Western Australia and graduated from Curtin University with a bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Construction Engineering. Thomas has worked for Atteris for over 13 years and recently received a Diploma of Management. His main focus has been on pipelines ranging from outfalls to major trunklines, in near shore, shore approach and onshore crossing locations. Thomas is actively involved in the Energy Pipeline Co-operative Research Centre, having worked on multiple research projects. He also sits on the steering committee for the Advanced Design and Construction of Energy Pipelines research program.

Thomas represents Atteris on the APGA Research and Standards Committee, and in 2015 was awarded a scholarship to attend the 20th Joint Technical Meeting held between the European Pipeline Research Group and the Pipeline Research Council International.

15. Heavy Wall Line Pipe for Severe Applications


Luigi Di Vito is a Mechanical Engineer who graduated at Tor Vergata University of Roma. He has more than ten years’ experience on structural integrity issues for the Oil & Gas Industry. He has been working in RINA-CSM for 17 years, with two years’ experience in the Tenaris Tamsa R&D department for structural integrity.
Many of his R&D activities have involved fracture mechanics, fatigue, stress-corrosion concepts applied to materials for pipeline and other metallic structural applications.
Author of more than 20 papers on these issues in technical international conferences, he is currently Manager of the group for Material Performances and Fitness For Service in the Materials, Technology and Innovation Business Unit of RINA.

16. Planning for Safety: an International Comparative Study of Land Use Planning Around Pipelines


Dr Sarah Holdsworth is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University. Dr Holdsworth’s experience has provided her with an understanding of both environmental and planning tools and their application in companies and other organizations, the community consultation process and the workings of both the private and public sector.




17. Industry Guideline – Managing Noise, Gas Dispersion and Ignition Hazards when Venting Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines


Dr Neil Smith is a Senior Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. For the EPCRC he has performed knowledge gap analyses relating to potential future energy fluids and pipelines. He has also performed techno-economic evaluations of the production and pipeline transport of potential future energy fluids. He has considerable industrial experience in burner design, operation and emissions control in applications ranging from Olympic cauldrons and torches to industrial burners for the cement kilns, iron pellet kilns and boilers with a wide range of gas, liquid and solid fuels. This experience has been relevant in assessing the ignition potential of pipeline venting operations.

18. Case-based Learning in the Pipeline Industry for Organisational and Technical Lessons


Dr Sarah Maslen is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Canberra. Her research focuses on occupational knowledge development and use in professions including engineering and medicine. Previous research projects include a study of expertise development among early-career pipeline engineers, incentive arrangements and their likely impact on disaster prevention (with Prof Andrew Hopkins) and the impacts of personal liability concerns on engineering practice (with Assoc Prof Jan Hayes).



19. Assessing Coatings for Pipelines Installed by HDD


Ivi Cicak is the Manager of the National Facility for Pipeline Coating Assessment (NFPCA) based at Deakin University in Geelong.  Having completed his undergraduate studies and Masters of Engineering degree at Deakin University, Ivi has spent over 15 years at Deakin University.  In 2016 Ivi lead the NFPCA to gain NATA accreditation for a variety of field joint coating tests offered by the testing facility.  As well as managing the coating testing facility Ivi is involved in a variety of projects with the Energy pipeline CRC.


20. Monitoring Cathodic Protection Effectiveness at Trenchless Crossings


Daniel Fingas is Technical Engineering Manager at Corrosion Service Company Limited. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and Master’s in Electrical Engineering.

After entering the corrosion industry in 2010, Daniel’s work has focused on cathodic protection, corrosion control and corrosion investigation tasks. He has broad exposure to the onshore cathodic protection industry, with specific expertise in the analysis of over-the-line surveys, External Corrosion Direct Assessment and testing of trenchless crossings. He is a NACE certified Cathodic Protection Specialist and a Professional Engineer.

21. New methods for assessing coating integrity and cathodic protection under horizontal directional drilling (HDD) pipeline conditions


Dr Ying Huo is an energy pipeline CP enthusiast. He obtained his PhD from Deakin University recently studying the effects of potential excursions and the environment on the effectiveness of cathodic protection. He is currently working on two Energy Pipelines CRC projects, i.e. 1) CP shore crossing project, and 2) HDD pipelines – coating integrity and CP efficiency. His professional goal is to contribute to improving energy pipeline service life.

22. Why are modern high toughness steels different?


Dr Andrew Cosham is an independent consultant. He has over twenty five years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Andrew was previously employed by Atkins, Penspen/Andrew Palmer and Associates and the Research & Technology Division of (the then) British Gas. Andrew is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

23. Inverse Fracture Behaviour in DWT tests on longitudinally welded pipe

26. Can Fractures Propagate in Seamless Pipes – the Effect of Geometry on Fracture Propagation


Marion Erdelen-Peppler graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Duisburg in 2001. Since then she has been working for Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung SZMF, formerly MFI, in the department for Mechanical Engineering. She is involved with R&D projects related to linepipe topics for seamless and welded pipes, with an emphasis on fatigue and fracture mechanical analyses of structures and components. Between 2004 and 2017, she was Head of the department for Mechanical Testing and Fracture Mechanics. She has been on the EPRG Materials Committee for more than 10 years. Since 2017, she changed responsibilities and is now Secretary-General of EPRG.

24. Influence Of Separation On The Stress State Path Towards Ductile Failure

29. Effect of Backfill in a Full Scale Fracture Propagation Test


Dr Guillaume Michal is a mechanical engineer and a researcher at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He received his PhD on multiscale modelling from this University in 2011.
Guillaume has been involved in the research program 3: Design and Construction of the Energy Pipelines CRC (EPCRC) since 2012 on topics related to fracture control, gas decompression and dispersion, field hydrostatic testing and strain demands during construction practices. His main area of focus is on the interaction between the pipe and the decompression of the gas mixture during ductile running fracture.
Recent projects involvement include the update of two industry software packages EPDECOM and Pipestrain. The software provide solutions for fracture control for running ductile fracture and assessment of strains during type 3 field hydrostatic tests respectively. He was involved in the CO2Safe-Arrest Joint Industry project between the EPCRC and DNV-GL, Hovik, Norway, which conducted two full-scale tests on dense-phase CO2.

25. Development of a Procedure for Charpy Impact Testing of the Bond Line of Electric Welded Pipe


Bob Andrews is a Principal Engineer with the ROSEN Group in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, having previously worked at BMT Fleet Technology, British Gas research (now DNV-GL) and The Welding Institute. He holds BEng and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield. Bob has over 35 years’ experience in fracture, fatigue and structural integrity and is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers. He is a member of the BSI Committee responsible for the UK code for fitness for service, BS 7910. He has been a member of various PRCI and European Pipeline Research Group committees and working groups, most recently the group which developed the revised EPRG weld defect guidelines.

27. Correlation of a Ductile-brittle Transition Curve Among Different Scale Fracture Toughness Tests (Pipe Burst, CT and DWTT)


Satoshi IGI is a General Manager of JFE Steel Corporation in Japan and head of the Steel Products Research Department. He has been extensively involved in evaluating the linepipe materials and its fracture performance for the past 17 years. He has authored more than 60 technical papers and made presentations internationally on the pipeline industry. He received B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hiroshima University Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo Metropolitan University.

28. Comparing Separation Severity in Small- and Full-scale Fracture Tests


Bradley Davis is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wollongong, working under the aegis of the Energy Pipelines CRC. He received his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2012 and his PhD from the University of Wollongong in 2017. His research focuses on the fracture behaviour of line pipe steels with a heavy focus on experiments and numerical modelling.





30. Step Improvements in Level 1 Corrosion Assessment Criteria


Dr Brian Leis is principal at B N Leis Consultant, Inc., which he formed upon retiring after almost 40 years at Battelle Memorial Institute. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering/Solid Mechanics from the University of Waterloo (Canada). He has been involved in technology development and adaptation directed at pipeline integrity since the late 1970s, working in fracture control, plastic collapse, stress‐ corrosion cracking and fitness‐for‐service in general.

31. Improving safety and economy through a more accurate and precise burst pressure model


Shahani Kariyawasam graduated from the University of Alberta with a PhD in Structural Reliability. During the past 24 years, she has worked with GE, C-FER Technologies, University of Calgary and Enbridge, developing innovative, risk-based solutions that optimize safety. She has published over 50 papers in conferences and journals and is the inventor of patents related to safety and risk management. Presently with TransCanada, she is the Director of Risk and Engineering Strategy. She represents TransCanada at industry organizations, such as PRCI, Pipeline Safety Group and CSA, where she leads many safety initiatives.

32. Laboratory and In-field Validation of Advanced CP and Corrosion Monitoring Probes


Dr Facundo Varela, also known as Bob, is a research fellow at the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University. He has recently completed his PhD project that focused on new electrochemical methods for monitoring localized corrosion under cathodic protection. As a research fellow, he is working on an Energy Pipeline CRC sponsored project aiming to perform field trials of the sensors developed during his PhD.

33. Recent Progress in Understanding Factors Affecting Cathodic Disbondment and Corrosion under Disbonded Coatings


Dr Mike Yongjun Tan is a Professor in Applied Electrochemistry and Corrosion Technologies at Deakin University in Australia. He is also a Research Program Leader of the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre. Dr Tan’s principal teaching and research interests are in corrosion science and engineering and their applications for enhancing the reliability and durability of civil and industrial infrastructures. He contributed to electrochemical methods for corrosion testing, monitoring and prediction, as well as corrosion inhibitor and anti-corrosion coating research. He is the author of some 200 publications and a book entitled ‘Heterogeneous Electrode Processes and Localised Corrosion’ (John Wiley & Sons).

34. The Effect of Cathodic Protection on Near Neutral Stress Corrosion Crack Growth: A Review


Ali Smith is a Metallurgical and Corrosion expert at Rina Consulting – Centro Sviluppo Materiali, based in Rome, Italy. He is a member of the EPRG Corrosion committee and in his 12-year career, he has worked on topics covering both the manufacture of pipes (alloy design and rolling schedule optimisation) and the use of pipes in-service, e.g. sulphide stress cracking assessments and external corrosion issues.

35. Effect of hardened surface layers on the SSC resistance of TMCP line pipes


Hervé Marchebois is graduated with a PhD in corrosion and electrochemistry and started his career as a Corrosion/Risk Based Inspection engineer on both down/upstream assets. He then worked for a steel manufacturing company as Head of the Surface Treatment/Chemistry and Corrosion department at the research center. Hervé is currently appointed as a Materials and Corrosion specialist at Total E&P Headquarters after some experience in affiliates. Hervé is in charge of metallic material selection and any concern related to hydrogen embrittlement (with or without H2S).

36. Qualification of seamless X65QOS linepipe grade for extreme sour service condition with partial pressure of H2S beyond 1 bar


After graduating in Engineering of Materials Science in 2005 and a doctorate in Corrosion Science in 2008, Florian has more than ten years’ experience with the Vallourec group in the cracking resistance of steels in sour environments for linepipe and OCTG applications. Florian is member of the EPRG Corrosion committee since 2016.