PUBLICATION AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION

Published papers
The publication and dissemination of the results, recommendations and guidelines emanating from EPRG's research has always been an important activity. EPRG regularly publishes research results, recommendations and guidelines in journals and at conferences, enabling the findings to be subjected to critical peer review and made available to the wider pipeline industry.

International exchange of information
Probably the most significant international collaboration in pipeline research is that involving EPRG, the Pipeline Research Council (PRCI) and the Research and Standards Committee of the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA-RSC).

Initiated 36 years ago as a bilateral relationship between EPRG and PRCI, this tripartite relationship now involves over 100 company members spread across five continents.

Every two years the three organisations hold a Joint Technical Meeting on Pipeline Research, at which the latest research results on issues of common interest are presented and debated. The 18th Joint Technical Meeting was held in San Francisco in May 2011, and was attended by over 170 representatives from the members of the three organisations. The next Joint Technical Meeting will be in Sydney in April 2013.

EPRG has also engaged from time to time in technical exchanges with the International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA). In 2009 the Tripartite Group established a memorandum of understanding with the International Pipe Line and Offshore Constructors Association, enabling a further broadening and enhancement of the extent and quality of pipeline research projects. It is hoped that this new collaborative platform will enhance the sharing of information on issues, opportunities and the deployment of research effort to the benefit of the industry as a whole.

Exchanges of technical information with the High-strength Line Pipe (HLP) Committee of the Japanese Iron and Steel Institute have also taken place from time to time. Issues of common interest have included external corrosion performance, resistance to hydrogen assisted cracking and ductile fracture propagation/arrest.

Industry standards and guidance
Much of the work undertaken by EPRG in past years has been incorporated in national and international standards for pipeline design, construction and operation. For example, modifications to the girth weld defect assessment methods in the UK Standard BS 7910 have largely been based on recent work by EPRG. Interactions have also occurred with Det Norske Veritas (DNV) concerning offshore design standards, and with the American Petroleum Industry (API) and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) concerning the initiatives to harmonise international pipeline standards. Discussions concerning technical issues and possible harmonisation of standards for Drop Weight Tear Testing took place during the Joint Technical Meeting in San Francisco.





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