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Webinar: Technical Resources to Support Better Engineering Decisions with Bill Amend
January 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Join us January 17th, 2018 at 11 CST for an enlightening discussion on the nuances of standards and regulatory expectations, and how to better navigate technical issues.
Pipelines and related facilities have been designed, built and maintained to evolving codes, standards and regulatory expectations. Modern standards may represent the current state of the art but may not be very representative of what best practices existed when the assets were initially designed and built. Standards can be misused and superficially similar standards can contain significantly different requirements. Standards can conflict with current regulatory requirements. Using the perspective of an experienced metallurgical engineer who deals with issues related to material specifications, welding engineering, and pipeline integrity, we will illustrate some of these issues by using actual examples from common standards and regulations. We will summarize the historical development of some of the common standards and provide guidance on what other technical resources can be used for guidance when cases and standards alone are not enough [not all of the answers are found on Google!].
About the speaker:
Bill Amend is a Principal Engineer, Welding Technology at DNV GL – North America Oil & Gas and Senior Technical Advisor to Technical Toolboxes’ Training Department.
Bill has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo (Calif.) and 38 years of experience providing metallurgical, welding, and corrosion engineering support for natural gas pipelines, oil & gas production, and the geothermal energy production industry.
Before joining the staff of DNV GL, Bill was an Associate with the Pipeline Services Group of Structural Integrity, Sr. Research Engineer at Unocal’s Science and Technology Division, and Principal Engineer in Southern California Gas Company’s Pipeline Integrity Management Department. Bill has managed a variety of research projects for Pipeline Research Council International, (PRCI), and served as Chairman of Research emphasis areas related to degradation and assessment of early generation pipelines and welding on in-service pipelines.