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CEO's Update August 2017
August has provided some opportunities to engage beyond our day to day colleagues and meet with members from the broader pipeline community. This has allowed us to gain new knowledge and understanding of key industry challenges. Coinciding with this, the Energy Pipelines CRC team has been busily preparing the submission of the Annual Report to the Commonwealth on the progress of the Energy Pipelines CRC throughout the last financial year. This time of reflection and looking back on a year of achievements is good motivation as we move into the busy latter half of 2017.
Through our links at RMIT University in particular Jan Hayes, I was recently delighted to meet with Prof Andre Doree from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Prof Doree, Jan and I spoke at length on his work on ‘The Crowded Underground.’ Topics of discussion included related research on piping and other utility systems, asset management policies and pioneering work on ways existing and new cities can better deal with the sub-terrain facilities (including gas lines) that the above ground cities depend on. His research provides great relevance to some current Energy Pipelines CRC projects as well as allowing us to explore avenues of potential research in the future.
On page 2 of this newsletter is a summary of the JTM Study Tour which took place earlier in the year. Two of our research students, Brad Davis from the University of Wollongong and Bob Varela from Deakin University in addition to four APGA YPF members, took part in this tour and have provided a short account of their experiences. A more extensive report on this study tour written by all tour attendees can be found on our Energy Pipelines CRC website members’ area with other 2017 JTM presentations.
The Energy Pipelines CRC Board recently met at the Waurn Ponds Campus of Deakin University. While there, members of projects related to research program two gave presentations on their research as well as having the opportunity to speak directly with the Board on the direct outcomes and benefits of their work.
A number of other research projects have begun or made progress this month and you will find information about these projects on page 6.
At the upcoming APGA Convention to be held in Cairns (14th-17th October 2017), delegates will be able to visit our trade stand and see and engage on a display of current and recently completed research projects. The Energy Pipelines CRC team look forward to this event each year as it is an opportunity to engage with the broader Australian Pipeline Industry and showcase the achievements. There will also be information relating to the current bid for the ‘Future Fuels CRC’, especially given the timing in the weeks before a final submission is expected. At the time of writing this note in late August, we are all eagerly awaiting news of progress with our first stage submission, which is expected within weeks.
Finally, we were saddened this month to hear of the passing of Mark Coates. Mark was heavily involved with Energy Pipelines CRC projects and was highly respected by all those he worked with. I would like to extend my sympathies on behalf of the team to his family and friends during this sad time.