Trenchless Technology

NOV 2018

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16 T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY N OV E M B E R 2018 The 52nd Annual International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors (IPLOCA) Convention was held Sept. 10-14, taking place for the first time in London. The Park Plaza Westminster London welcomed just more than 530 participants to this year 's event. During the Open General Meetings (OGM) on Thursday and Friday, high profile speakers covered a wide variety of topics including leadership and challenges faced in pipeline projects, how to approach the smart pipeline, risk assessment, trends in energy efficiency and sustainable energy, and lessons learned from mega pipeline projects. The opening speaker shared information on the advancements and findings of the London Thames Tideway tunnel, the 25-km 'super sewer,' that is currently under construction along the Thames River. The Annual General Meeting consisted of the President's Year in Review given by Andrew Ball, of J. Murphy & Sons Ltd, the treasurer 's report on the status of IPLOCA's accounts and the incoming president's objectives for the year. The results of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors elections were ratified during this meeting. John Tikkanen, advisor to the CEO, of Shawcor was elected as IPLOCA's 2018-2019 president. Iosif Panchak of J.S. Welding & Building Co. and Oliviero Corvi of Bonatti S.p.A. were elected 1st and 2nd vice president respectively, and Adam Wynne Hughes of Pipeline Induction Heat was confirmed as treasurer. During the OGMs, three industry awards were presented: the IPLOCA Health & Safety Award sponsored by Chevron, the IPLOCA Environmental Award sponsored by Shell and the IPLOCA Excellence in Project Execution Award. For this project, Interstate Engineering performed the engineering, procurement, and construction management services for this 515-mile interstate natural gas pipeline. The Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline is a joint venture of Spectra Energy Partners, NextEra Energy, and Duke Energy providing transportation services for the power generation needs of Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy of Florida. The OGMs also included the presentation of the 2018 IPLOCA Scholarship recipients. In addition to the usual presentations, this year Business to Business (B2B) prescheduled sessions of 10 minute one-on-one meetings were offered to delegates with the following companies: Fluor, Kalpataru, Ritchie Bros., Saudi Aramco, Shell and TransCanada Mexico. The convention participants also had the possibility to attend informative poster sessions with: CRC Evans, LaValley Industries, Shawcor, Perma-Pipe and RSK Group. IPLOCA's 53rd annual convention will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. I N T H E N E W S 52nd Annual IPLOCA Convention Convened in London Top: Andrew Ball, immediate past president of IPLOCA, presents Doug Evans and Criss Shipman, of Gulf Interstate Engineering Co., with the Excellence in Project Execution Award for the Sabal Trail Transmission project. Bottom: The 2018-2019 IPLOCA Board of Directors.

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