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2014 Archive


Integrity Management Performance:
Indicators, Measures and Performance Cycle
Workshop on November 21, 2014
1:00 to 5:00 pm
University of Alberta
Alumni House, Aon Room
11515 Saskatchewan Dr. NW
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C4


 Workshop Leader – Rafael G. Mora
MBA, P. Eng. Adjunct Professor U of C Pipeline Engineering Center
Mr. Mora has over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and measuring pipeline integrity management systems and programs in Canada and globally. He has worked for pipeline operating, integrity consulting and in-line inspection service companies in as well as the Canadian federal regulator.
Mr. Mora has been an adjunct professor of the Pipeline Engineering’s Master Degree program at the University of Calgary since 2007. Mr. Mora is currently writing the book "Pipeline Integrity Management Program and Systems - A Practical Approach" for ASME press.
This workshop is designed to enable attendees to develop, implement and measure pipeline integrity performance indicators and measures within the four stages of the performance cycle using an integrity management system and/or program approach. Components of managerial review will be described.

Workshop Outline

 1) Key Performance Indicators: Purpose and Integrity Management

 2) Terminology

 3) Where to Start Looking for Pipeline Integrity Indicators and Measures

 4) Characteristics of Integrity Performance Indicators and Measures

 5) Classification of Public Domain Key Performance Indicators: Industry, Regulators and Standards

 6) Strategies for Key Performance Indicators Development

 7) Strategies for Key Performance Indicators Implementation

 8) Components of Management Review: Completeness, implementation and effectiveness

Friday Nov. 21, 2014. 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
Alumni House, Aon Room, University of Alberta
11515 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C4
(see map)

V-Lot or Windsor Carpark

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 November 2014 Event:
 iRSM Tour


The Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) is an internationally recognized clinical and research institute focused on medical reconstructive sciences. Established in 1993, iRSM has earned worldwide recognition for innovation, advances, and contributions to patient care and research on a wide range of disciplines such as surgery, medicine, dentistry, rehabilitation medicine, engineering and computing sciences.

As an international referral center, it is a leader in the complex area of osseointegration (bone) implanted devices for prosthetic replacement of skull and facial defects resulting from cancer, trauma and congenital conditions. Amongst its facilities, it has a range of research laboratories and clinics with capabilities that include 3D modeling and printing; production of life-like silicone facial prosthetics; and an anechoic chamber dedicated to bone conduction hearing research.

This is an excellent opportunity to get a glance into the clinical research and applications that interface between biomechanical engineering and medicine that has improved the quality of life for many people and should not be missed!

** To respect the privacy of patients at iRSM, participants may be required to sign a confidentiality agreement; details currently being finalized. Please contact the Executive for details **

Date:  Monday, Nov. 03, 2014. 1 – 4PM
   • 1:00 – 1:15 PM: Arrival and sign-in,
   • 1:30 – 4:00 PM: Tour 
Location: 1W-02, 16940 – 87 Avenue, Misericordia Community Hospital, Edmonton (see map)
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 September 2014 Event:
 Practical Introduction
 To Root Cause Analysis

    Presenter: André-Michel Ferrari of Enbridge Pipelines

Root cause analysis (RCA) is a set of problem-solving methodologies that identify underlying issues in hindsight to forecast and prevent future occurrences. It is broadly used in many areas including failure analysis, quality control, and equipment reliability. Attendees will be introduced to the fundamentals of the methodology and how it applies to various industry settings with examples of how it may even be useful for everyday life. Hardcopies of the presenter's ASME paper on the value that RCA brings to a company will also be distributed.

André-Michel Ferrari, P.Eng., is a Reliability Manager with Enbridge Pipelines (Liquid Pipelines Division) with over 20 years of industrial experience in Reliability Engineering, Maintenance Engineering and Quality Systems Implementation. His experience covers world class companies in the fields of Brewing, Semiconductor and Oil & Gas Industries.

Enbridge is one of the largest energy distributors in North America operating in Canada and the United States. The Liquid Pipeline Division transports approximately 2 million barrels per day of crude oil and refined products over a 23,000 km network of interconnected pipelines and terminals. The company is also involved in natural gas transmission and renewable energy.

 Date:  Monday, Sept. 08, 2014. 5 - 9PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour,
   • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Dinner,
   • 7:00 – 8:30 PM: Presentation
   • 8:30 – 9:00 PM: Q&A
Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr. NW Edmonton AB T6G 2G9 (See Map)

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 May 2014 Event:
 AltaSteel Mini-Mill Tour

The ASME Northern Alberta Section will be travelling to AltaSteel for a tour of their scrap-based mini-mill operation for our May 2014 event. Attendees on this tour will observe the scrap steel manufacturing process and will hear about AltaSteel’s history with local industries.

AltaSteel is a scrap-based mini-mill operation located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The plant has both melting and casting facilities, and a production capability of over 350,000 tones of steel billets annually. AltaSteel makes a variety of round, flat, and square bar shapes for use by downstream remanufacturers in the mining, oil and gas, automotive, construction, agriculture, and OEM industries. AltaSteel is also a world leader in the manufacture of heat-treated grinding rod, which it markets directly to mining operations around the globe.

Chances are good that we will see a molten steel pour and oxygen lances at work so please wear long sleeve shirts and closed toed shoes. We are limited to 25 people so RRSP as soon as you can! This is one RED-HOT opportunity that should not to be missed!

 Date:  Friday, May 16, 2014. 1 – 4PM
   • 1:00 – 1:10 PM: Meet-up and sign-in,
   • 1:10 – 1:25 PM: Company and mill overview,
   • 1:25 – 1:30 PM: Short break
   • 1:30 – 4:00 PM: Plant tour
Location:  AltaSteel,  9401 - 34 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X6 (See Map)

Parking: AltaSteel parking lot C

Meeting Location: AltaSteel security gate  

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 April 2014 Event:                                                                                           Introduction to Patents

Nathan Woodruff
Thompson Woodruff Intellectual Property Law

The ASME Northern Alberta Section is excited to feature registered patent agent and lawyer Nathan Woodruff for our April 2014 dinner meeting. Join us to hear Nathan speak about the patent process and why patents are so vital to protecting and commercializing inventions.  Nathan will be discussing how to determine whether an invention is patentable, what makes a strong patent, licensing, and the issues surrounding patents and the employer/employee relationship.

Nathan Woodruff is a lawyer and a registered patent agent with the firm Thompson Woodruff Intellectual Property Law. Nathan is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Nathan has a BSc (Engineering Physics) with distinction and a law degree from the University of Alberta. Nathan began working with Thompson & Associates' predecessor firm Thompson Lambert LLP in November 2002 during his final year of engineering, and has been working with patents for over 10 years. 

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Registration and social hour (5:00 - 6:00pm)
  • Chapter business and dinner (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Presentation (7:00 - 8:00 pm)


  • Members $25.00 per person
  • Non-Members $35.00 per person
  • Students $15 per person

Location:  U of A Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Drive (see map)

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