ARPEL and ASME organized the third International Pipeline Geotechnical Conference (IPG)

  • More than 100 professionals from nine countries participated in the third IPG Conference, which took place July 24 - 26 in Lima, Peru.

    The event, which included a first day devoted to training, was organized by the Regional Association of Oil, Gas and Biofuels Sector Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARPEL) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

    "IPG is a technical event to promote knowledge sharing, technological progress, and international cooperation to advance the management of natural forces impacting pipelines with the aim of protecting the environment, infrastructures and human lives, as well as to ensure safe and reliable operations,” Irene Alfaro, Downstream Director of ARPEL, said.

    The agenda included the presentation of 23 technical works, a panel that discussed the evolution in the field of geotechnical engineering of pipelines in the region during the past five years, which was chaired by José Vicente Amórtegui, professor of the School of Engineering of Colombia, and two keynote addresses by Professor Manuel García López of the National University of Colombia, and Cliff Johnson, President of the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI).

    Meanwhile, the following topics were addressed in courses given on July 24: Soil mechanics for stress analysis and pipeline design, by Jim Oswell; Forces of nature in pipeline integrity management, by Hugo García García; and Applications of LiDAR for geohazard inventory and characterization, by Gerry Ferris and Sarah Newton, BGC Engineering.

    The risk factors in pipelines associated with natural forces have become critical in pipeline integrity management due to the occurrence of failures that can cause damage to the environment and loss of human lives. These risk factors are known as geohazards resulting from natural processes of geotechnical, geological, hydrological and tectonic origin that represent potential threats that occur usually during the construction and operation of pipelines.

    The activities that constitute the management of geohazards and include special design and construction, monitoring and inspection, and risk assessment and management of associated data have seen considerable progress in recent years, since the issue has gained greater importance within the technical community. These were the core themes of IPG 2017.

    The next IPG Conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2019.

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