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Day 1, 10 March 2015





Just us in the resort bar to enjoy pre-event drinks reception.
Open to all of our speakers and commercial partners.

Day 2, 11 March 2015


  • Examination of key global market supply and demand data and implications on oil prices
  • Strategic policy changes that can be implemented to strengthen Texas production

Ryan Sitton
Railroad Commissioner
Railroad Commission of Texas


  • Next big opportunity: North Dakota, Mexico or beyond?
  • The role of regulation in facilitating greater global demand
  • Is there enough pipeline infrastructure to support the exports from major Shale, LNG and Oil Sands production?
  • A detailed look at how Shale production will affect future capacity requirements for pipelines
  • Tackling the weaknesses in current operating models to meet the future demand

Bernadette Johnson
Managing Partner
Ponderosa Advisors



Highly targeted and pre-arranged strategic one–to–one business meetings with carefully selected solution partners. 

Each of the meetings is based on the detailed profile information supplied by each attendee and sponsor. This is the ideal networking platform to maximize your time out of the office and ensure your business objectives are met.

Check-in to your meetings and be in with a chance of winning a trip to Cabo San Lucas



case study
asset management and pipeline integrity

  • Leak Detection as part of your Integrity Management Program and Risk Analysis
  • Developing a Leak Detection Management Program to manage all methods of leak detection
  • Future rule making by DOT:PHMSA
  • Current Progress and Timeline for adoption

Why you should attend this session:-

Douglas is responsible for evaluating and eyeing new leak detection technologies and enhancing TransCanada’s Oil and Gas leak detection programs. As part of that role, for the past year and a half he has been involved with the development of the new API Recommended Practice 1175: Leak Detection Program Management. Driving scientific breakthrough takes unwavering perseverance. It’s also something for which TransCanada has been recognized in 2014 after landing a spot on Canada’s Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders list by Research Infosource Inc., Canada’s Source of R&D Intelligence.

Douglas Robertson
Leak Detection Technology Initiatives Lead

case study
planning and construction


  • Identifying and addressing stakeholder concerns about pipeline route-planning and overall impacts
  • Establishing ongoing dialogue with local, regional and federal stakeholders to ensure swift project delivery

Susan has provided counsel to a number of industry and regulatory groups around the issues of public involvement, safety and pipeline siting. She served on the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice 1162, ‘Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators’ task force as a contributing author. She also played a key role in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) National Environmental Policy Act’s pre-filing process for the siting of new natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, and was recognized by FERC as a distinguished industry leader for integrating stakeholder outreach concepts into new interstate pipeline and LNG business plans.

Devin Hotzel
Manager of Stakeholder Outreach
Spectra Energy



  • What is IVP and Why now?
  • Regulatory issues for gas and hazardous Liquid pipelines
  • Implementation questions for operators
  • The role of states in implementing IVP
  • Enforcement issues for operators


Susan Olenchuk
Van Ness Feldman

technology showcase in exhibition hall

Employing the drive of three Inuktun Microtracs™ and an expandable tripod chassis, the Versatrax Vertical Crawler™ is designed to tackle difficult pipeline inspections over a range of diameters in virtually any orientation. Independent control of each track allows the vehicle to navigate multiple bends and vertical pipe segments over distances up to 600 feet. Recently, the Vertical Crawler™ successfully inspected a 12-inch diameter compressor pipe with five 90-degree bends and two 45-degree bends with both horizontal and vertical sections. Bright built-in auxilliary LED lighting complements the front facing Spectrum 45™ pan and tilt camera and rear facing Mini Crystal Cam™, allowing for high-quality images to be transmitted, while real-time sensors indicate pipe size and expansion force. 

technology showcase in exhibition hall

HIFI Engineering were named as one of Canada’s Top Energy Innovators of 2015, they develop leading edge fiber optic sensing technologies used to monitor gas and fluid flow in pipelines for early leak detection. Their turn-key fiber optic sensing platforms include sensing cables, down-hole tools, acquisition systems, and various levels of interpretation software. Hifi is dedicated to developing extremely high quality measurements, using robust, simple to operate sensors and software, specifically designed for solving oil and gas related challenges.

technology showcase in exhibition hall

Ventus Geospatial’s Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPV) with Geography Information Systems (GIS) technology, called Aeryon Scout, allows facility inspection, spill scene live video and pipeline monitoring. It includes cloud free data, high resolution imagery (~2-5cm), quick turnaround of data, ability to fly pre-planned flight paths which are not limited in any way, and the costs of data acquisition are much lower.

technology spotlight
asset management and pipeline integrity

  • Background on cracking in pipelines
  • Introduction to Electro-Magnetic-Acoustic-Transducer (EMAT) ILI technology
  • Crack characterization and sizing accuracy as basis for managing cracks in pipelines
  • Integrity Management methods for cracks in pipelines using EMAT as an integral part


Why you should attend this session:-

Empowered by technology, Markus is responsible for the development and roll out of in-line inspection solutions which included the development of the novel EMAT technology that initially was rolled out to and utilized in the US. His focus is set on the continuous improvement of existing and the development of new service solutions.

Referred to as the ‘Technology Pool’ of the ROSEN Group, the technology and research centre looks towards the future and goes far beyond market requirements. 

Markus Ginten
International Service Manager
ROSEN Technology and Research Center

technology spotlight
planning and construction

  • How present tools and services can be integrated to generate safe, efficient and reliable pipeline operations
  • Predictive analytics to assist pipeline integrity preventative maintenance 
  • Pipeline product movement using a fully integrated and optimized scheduling system
  • Maximizing impact by strategically addressing both energy and sustainability

Why you should attend this session:-

With over 22 years of energy (oil & gas) pipeline industry experience, Lars Larson’s has written numerous articles for Pipelines International, Oil & Gas Monitor and World PipeLines, focusing on ensuring the pipeline industry continues to provide efficient, effective and safe transportation.

Lars Larsson
Product Manager
Schneider Electric

technology spotlight
asset management and pipeline integrity

  • Review of applications
  • Features, advantages and benefits
  • Understanding limitations and options (inline inspection)
  • Cost comparison

Why you should attend this session:-

Rick Fairman is an experienced supplier of pigging valves, pigs and other pipeline pigging equipment for the oil and gas industry. He and his team at Argus Manufacturing Co. provide the very latest in production equipment and technology. Their designs incorporate over 50 years of experience and field testing to ensure that every one of their products meets industry expectations for reliability and durability.

Rick Fairman
Argus Machine Co.

technology spotlight
planning and construction

  • Leveraging Hand Held Devices for Progressing from the Field
  • Automating Field Inspection, Environmental Compliance and Change Requests
  • Publishing work packages, drawing and tasks
  • Integrating with your Project Control Environment
  • Eliminate paper, standardise, simplify and automate

Bob Brown
Partner, Project Management Information Systems

technology spotlight


  • Evaluating the effectiveness of existing liquid pipeline leak detection systems
  • Reviewing results of customer demonstration of the liquid leak detection capabilities of realSens
  • Correlating the realSens capabilities with optimal inspection frequency

 Why you should attend this session:-

Adrian Banica has been involved with the design of a number of satellite instruments as well as a variety of oil and gas measurement technologies and has built a strong understanding of gas plume dynamics and the various in-situ or remote sensing techniques used to detect, quantify and map emission sources. The realSens™ technology development was initiated as a result of the success of the MOPITT satellite instrument. This instrument project was managed and funded by the Canadian Space Agency and designed, built and operated by the University of Toronto in cooperation with the Canadian industry. MOPITT is part of the payload on-board the NASA’s Terra satellite (launched on December 19, 1999), the flagship of the Earth Observation System.

Adrian Banica


Highly targeted and pre-arranged strategic one–to–one business meetings with carefully selected solution partners. 

Each of the meetings is based on the detailed profile information supplied by each attendee and sponsor. This is the ideal networking platform to maximize your time out of the office and ensure your business objectives are met.

Check-in to your meetings and be in with a chance of winning a trip to Cabo San Lucas

case study
asset management and pipeline integrity

  • What are the limitations of the current techniques for Upstream and Downstream System?
  • Assessing threats and evaluating the right tools to make the most out of inspection
  • Guidelines for establishing optimal cleanliness for your pipeline 

Why you should attend this session:-

Bryan Melan is the subject matter expert and provides expert consultation to Marathon Oil Co’s worldwide operations for applications of cutting-edge inspection and repair solutions to maintain asset integrity of pipelines, fixed production equipment and tanks. He served as Chairman of the original API 1163 standard development committee and currently is a member of several NACE technical, education, and administrative committees.


Bryan Melan
Pipeline Integrity Chief
Marathon Oil

case study
planning and construction


  • Modeling a solution that values consistency, scalability, and efficiency & respects existing processes that work
  • Taking advantage of integrated, GIS-based solutions: managing new pipeline construction project data and streamlining the “As-Built” process
  • Using GIS technologies to enhance information availability and a “single version of the truth” culture
  • Leveraging improved processes and GIS computing power  - to influence cost-modeling, pipeline route selection, risk assessment and outage scheduling

John Linehan
GIS Supervisor
Wood Group Kenny

next generation inspection tools

Hear from the three inspection solution providers that are successfully pushing scanning technology to the next level. Following three 10 minute solution catwalks, we will ask you to vote for your most powerful solution.

Winner to be announced in the evening drinks reception.

Lars Larsson
Product Manager
Schneider Electric

Mark Slaughter
Global Product Manager
Applus RTD

Markus Ginten
International Service Manager
ROSEN Technology and Research Center

technology showcase (outdoor)

 Enjoy a drink whilst watching our outdoor technology showcase. Showcasing their technologies will be:



1. Aeryon Scout: Ventus Geospatial’s Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPV) with Geography Information Systems (GIS) technology


2. NASA's Mars Rover based laser spectrometers on-board a Quadcopter Prototype


Join us on the outdoor lawns of the Hyatt Regency Resort, overlooking the stunning San Antonio hill country to enjoy the 2015 Fiesta San Antonio Party!
Brimming with color, music, food and drinks the Fiesta San Antonio Party celebrates the diverse cultures of our host city.


  • Kick off the party by hitting our Fiesta party bar and enjoy a drink that celebrates life in Texas and her rich origins.
  • Experience the sounds of Mexican street music from the lively Mariachi band.
  • Savor the tastes of Mexico, including Queso cotija, shredded pork carnitas and hickory char-crusted chicken.



Day 2, 11 March 2015

breakfast briefing

  • How and where chemical welding has been used
  • Strengths and weaknesses of chemical welding vs. traditional welding
  • How it can be used to reduce downtime associated with pipeline repairs

Larry Johns
National Accounts Manager
Lord Corporation


  • Best practices in managing the integrity of ageing offshore pipelines
  • Choosing the right method to define the probability of undesirable events
  • Integrating and improving forecasting models in accordance with risks and criticality
  • Assessing the impact of unwanted events to create more accurate forecasting models 

Why you should attend this session:-

It is one of the few oil companies in the world that develops all the productive chain of the industry, from exploration to distribution and commercialization of end products, including petrochemicals. It operates 449 production fields; 9,439 production wells; 232 off-shore platforms; 6 refineries; 8 petrochemical complexes; 8,295km of gas pipelines; 4,992km of oil pipelines; and 18 LPG distribution terminals.

Jorge Alfredo Vela Cao Romero
Pipeline Chief


  • Exploring NASA's adaption of Mars Rover laser-based technology, originally designed to find methane on Mars, into sophisticated sensors for pipeline inspection.
  • Understanding the sensors as tuneable laser spectrometers, around 1,000 times more sensitive than the current detection methods used in the field.
  • Reviewing the attributes of the sensor technology
    • faster leak detection
    • substantially cheaper and faster than the infrared-based leak survey detectors and techniques currently used, as the instrument will not have to be carried on foot.
  • Integrating the sensors onto drone aircraft which will patrol natural gas pipelines to find leaks.

Lance Christensen
Jet Propulsion Lab at NASA

case study
asset management and pipeline integrity

  • Development of wireless sensors for transmission of integrity information
  • Failure prediction
  • Detection of leaks in progress through "smart membrane"

Walied Moussa
University of Alberta, Nemsor Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering

case study
planning and construction


  • How do we ensure efficient and compliant methods in pipeline routing, especially over roadways, waterways and environmentally sensitive areas?
  • How do we best mitigate pipeline construction effects on the environment and local communities?
  • How do you develop storm water pollution prevention plans for pipeline construction permits?

Why you should attend this session:-

Magellan owns the longest refined petroleum products pipeline system in the country. They tap into nearly 50% of the nation’s refining capacity and store more than 90 million barrels of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and crude oil.


Monica Olason
Senior Environmental Specialist
Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

technology showcase in exhibition hall

Synodon’s realSens™ camera provides unprecedented insight into underground leaks within the pipeline network, including pinhole leaks that often go undetected for periods of time prior to a major rupture. Being able to identify these leaks and proactively repair them before a spill minimizes environmental damage, is significantly more cost effective, and protects shareholder value.

Adrian Banica

technology showcase in exhibition hall

Dr Walied Moussa, CEO of Nemsor and Professor at University of Alberta, Mechanical Engineering Department has developed sensors that wirelessly transmit information on the integrity of a pipeline to operators. Thousands of the sensors, which are attached to the pipeline monitor for information like material fatigue and transmit back to the operator, meaning that integrity failure can be predicted. This is used in concert with a “smart membrane” wrapped around the pipeline and is capable of detecting a leak in progress.



  • Design and technology challenges
  • Project schedule: project execution and C&SU
  • Risk mitigation: provision for leak detection, spills and flushing
  • Benefits of a hot bitumen pipeline
  • Hot bitumen pipeline scope: length, size, insulation, design capacity and operating temperatures
  • Commissioning and start up

Why you should attend this session:-

Firebag was one of the first to use the "steam-assisted gravity drainage" (SAGD) method of oil sands recovery. In addition to being one of the first, Firebag remains one of the most productive SAGD facilities in the industry. Suncor is the only producer that integrates in situ and mined production into its upgrading facilities and downstream opportunities. This integration gives them operational flexibility and helps them lower costs across their business, which is something they expect to see more of in the future.

Bob has over 30 years of liquid and gas pipeline experience and is heavily involved in the development and implementation of new pipeline infrastructure into Suncor’s operations in Northern Alberta, Canada.

Bob Enjeneski
Manager Regional Pipelines Integration
Suncor Energy

Joe Pok
Director of Logistic Infrastructure
Suncor Energy

roundtable technology showcase

Roundtable One – Pipe Rehabilitation

Roundtable Two – Using Smart Pig Technology For Cleaning, Leaks and Separation

Roundtable Three – Constant Monitoring With The Integration Of Smart Technology

Roundtable Four – Non-Piggable Solutions


Understanding how pipelines’ increased media attention has changed the way operators need to communicate with stakeholders, governments, and the public

  • Discussing how fostering better relationships with stakeholders can reduce third-party damage and improve social license to operate
  • Highlighting the contributions training, mentoring, and public recognition of best practices in action can play in improving how your team communicates internally and externally

David Roznowski
Senior Vice President


  • Addressing changes in the sourcing of hydrocarbon liquids - both Crude and NGLs - are impacting the requirements for pipeline infrastructure
  • Exploring how new downstream infrastructure and facilities affect new pipeline requirements
  • Understanding how the markets major capital needs are shaping prospects for cooperation between regulatory bodies and pipeline owners

Eric Smith
Associate Director
Tulane Energy Institute


  • How we can tackle the most pressing issues?
  • Is the pipeline industry skilled enough to handle future risks?
  • Rethinking the use of existing solutions to tackle the future challenges
  • Using technology to push performance to the next level

Bryan Melan
Pipeline Integrity Chief
Marathon Oil

Eric Smith
Associate Director
Tulane Energy Institute

Markus Ginten
International Service Manager
ROSEN Technology and Research Center