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2017 Archive

October 2017 Event
Landscape of Pipeline Development in Canada

Speaker: Dr. Alan Murray, P.Eng., FASME
There is no shortage of significant challenges when considering what’s next with the development of major pipeline infra structure! We will discuss these challenges against the factual backdrop of the slow economic recovery in the United States following the 2008 financial meltdown and the rapid growth of shale oil and gas production in the U.S. to the point of its achieving energy self-sufficiency. The lack of consistent and coherent environmental and energy policies, at both Provincial and Federal levels, when coupled with the jurisdictional quagmire that defines the approach taken to Canadian Regulatory oversight of pipelines, has spooked many international and institutional investors. The Desjardins Bank - a major credit union with seven million accounts in Quebec, has responded to external pressure by refusing to lend to pipeline operators in support of new projects. This and similar decisions in the Regulatory domain have been made in the absence of any public discourse of the underlying science. The NEB, until recently, had a well proven twin approach when considering granting “certificates of public convenience and necessity”, namely, “the whether to approve”, followed by the “how to execute” stages. This approach provided companies with sufficient regulatory certainty to allow them to defer expensive detailed engineering studies until after conditional approval had been received. Politics appears to have replaced reason, when making decisions in the “broad public interest”. The engineering challenges in designing, constructing and prudently operating major pipelines linking the WCSB to prospective new overseas markets almost pale in significance to these other challenges. Nonetheless dealing with seismicity, hostile mountainous terrain and in the case of some projects, changing service conditions that will result in having to maintain sections of pipe with a service life of almost 100 years are non-trivial matters that will be discussed.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Alan Murray, is a former Chief Engineer at the Canadian National Energy Board with responsibility for regulatory matters related to pipeline integrity and safety. He previously held a number of senior management positions with a large pipeline operating company in North America with responsibility for system planning, construction, maintenance and contracting functions. His forty five years of experience spans design, research and development and construction of pressure vessels, offshore marine structures and pipelines. He is currently an adjunct Professor in the Pipeline Engineering Centre at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Murray was the founding chairman of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and is the co-author of two ASME Press text books “Pipeline Design and Construction–A Practical Approach” and “Pipeline Integrity Assurance – A Practical Approach” and a contributing author to the “Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code”. He is an ASME Fellow, a Member of the IMechE of London and holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast. In 1998 and again in 2006 he was given the ASME Award of Distinction and in 2014 the Gold Medal of the Pipeline Systems Division.

 Date: Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017 -  5:00 – 9:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour
   • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Dinner
   • 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Presentation with Q&A
   
Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr. NW Edmonton AB T6G 2G9 (See Map)

Parking: Lot V (See Map)


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June 2017 Event
We’re Making Waves -
Transient Modeling of Surge Pressures in Terminal Piping

Hydraulic Transient Pressures, commonly known as “water hammer” have been studied for many decades, to determine the effect of these pressure surges on the pipelines that carry fluids. In recent years, the focus has shifted from simulations on a long pipeline to simulations inside terminal piping which contain shorter segments of pipe and other equipment that can create new surge pressure scenarios. This presentation will show the basic methodology used for transient simulations in terminals and how to mitigate excessive surge pressures. It will also include the most significant learnings that have impacted the aforementioned methodology to provide a more thorough analysis of hydraulics to allow for safer operations.

Speaker Bio:
Emma Perez is a Chemical Engineer with Enbridge Pipelines Inc. She received her Chem. Eng. BS degree from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela and her Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering (Thermofluid Sciences) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA. She is a professional engineer currently working as a hydraulics specialist with focus on transient modeling in liquid pipeline systems.

 Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 -  5:00 – 9:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour
   • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Dinner
   • 7:00 – 7:15 PM: Section Business
   • 7:15 – 9:00 PM: Presentation with Q&A
   
Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr. NW Edmonton AB T6G 2G9 (See Map)

Parking: Lot V (See Map)

Pricing & Registration:

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