March 12, 2019

2019 IPEIA Highlights

IPEIA 2019 Highlights video is now available! Watch below!

The IPEIA Conference began over 20 ago years and has become an internationally recognized annual conference to gather Pressure Equipment Integrity industry groups together to further improve best practices and provide education for those committed to this specialty in the energy sector.


  • To increase awareness of pressure equipment safety and reliability throughout industry using technological improvements associated with fabrication, maintenance and inspection.
  • To provide knowledge and education for the continuous development of our business.
  • To provide a forum for the interaction between industry, regulators and educators.
  • To provide a platform through which pressure equipment industry concerns and /or initiatives can take hold and be administered.

The IPEIA Conference is an annual conference held in the beautiful majestic Rocky’s of Alberta at the Banff Conference Centre the last week of February or first week of March. With over 750 delegates in attendance who have come to expect the following from the conference:

Over five days participants had the opportunity to interact with industry peers in two full days of Pre-Conference Training & Certification Opportunities, Industry Meetings, three days of Conference Presentations filled with keynote speakers, networking events, exhibition and hands on demonstrations.

2019 IPEIA Conference & Exhibition Stats

850+ Delegates (Record Attendance!)
40+ Technical Presentations
30+ Sponsors
85 Exhibitors
3 Keynote Speakers
9 Training Courses
11 Workshops
1 NEW Integrity Challenges Forum
1 Regulators’ Panel
4 Industry Membership Meetings
1 LIVE Valve Demo
1 WILD Networking Event
1 Awards Ceremony
1 Ultimate Delegate Experience Winner

2019 Technical Program Schedule

Abstracts at a Glance can be found here!

Wednesday Room 301 Room 303 (Main) Room 305
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Opening Remarks Opening Remarks Opening Remarks
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Keynote Speaker – Greg Johnson: I’m Just a Tornado Hunter Keynote Speaker – Greg Johnson: I’m Just a Tornado Hunter Keynote Speaker – Greg Johnson: I’m Just a Tornado Hunter
2:20 PM – 2:55 PM 2019_AB079: On Stream Assessment Of Tank Floor To Shell Weld Using Advanced NDEScott Bannatyne 2019_AB035: ASME Section VIII 2019 Code Update – What do you do when the Code doesn’t have applicable rules?Trevor Seipp
2019_AB068: Inspection Management Programs and Piping Circuit Implementation: When the Real Work BeginsDavid Weisgerber
2:55 PM – 3:20 PM Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
3:20 PM – 3:55 PM 2019_AB021: Tank tales: Cases of Failures and Damage of Storage TanksAna Benz 2019_AB032: Performance-Based Assessment of an Incinerator Stack Using Field MeasurementsKenny Farrow 2019_AB004: Assessing performance of a corrosion control program & incorporating data analyticsJamie Davidson
4:00 PM – 4:35 PM 2019_AB044: Avoiding Pitfalls Associated With Vacuum Rings In High – Temperature VesselsAlex Tatarov 2019_AB066: Stack Life Extension through FFS and Rope Access Industrial ServicesAndrew Seymour 2019_AB005: Plant Wide CCD/IOW Implementation ProcessMichael Nugent
Thursday Room 301 Room 303 (Main) Room 305
8:05 AM – 9:05 AM Keynote Speaker – Patrick Smyth: Getting to Zero Incidents Keynote Speaker – Patrick Smyth: Getting to Zero Incidents Keynote Speaker – Patrick Smyth: Getting to Zero Incidents
9:10 AM – 9:45 AM 2019_AB048: Case Study: Testing Wall Loss Due to Flow Accelerated CorrosionLange Kimball 2019_AB059: Lessons Learned in Piping Troubleshooting and DesignCharles Becht V 2019_AB026: Asset Integrity Optimization in the Oil Sands through Risk Based Inspection – Case StudyVictor Del Nero
9:50 AM – 10:25 AM 2019_AB052: Early Stage Creep detection in High Energy PipingRon Preston 2019_AB095: Overview of the Fernie Arena Ammonia IncidentTony Scholl 2019_AB030: Dynamic RBI – addressing non-linear behavior and data uncertaintySteve Hall
10:25 AM – 10:50 AM Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
10:50 AM – 11:25 AM 2019_AB087: HTHA Damage Detection and Characterization using ToFD, PAUT and TFM/FMCTimothy Armitt 2019_AB014: Revising API RP577, Welding Processes, Inspection, and MetallurgyJosh Yoakam 2019_AB080: Managing IOW’s Through Integrity AnalyticsJoe Saathoff
11:30 AM – 12:05 PM 2019_AB061: Acoustic Emission On-Stream Monitoring of HTHA Cracks in a Pressure VesselSam Ternowchek 2019_AB050: Code Compliance Strategies when Converting a Large Utility to 100% Natural Gas FiringMarc Lemmons 2019_AB092: The Value of Lean in Asset Integrity ManagementJoe Saathoff
12:05 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:05 PM 2019_AB003: Standardization of NDE: How to ensure the correct NDE method and correct location is inspected every timeJeremy Brown 2019_AB027: Going Beyond Typical Failure AnalysesFrank Gareau 2019_AB018: Resources for Fixed Equipment Mechanical Integrity – Why Do We Need So Many? Past vs. PresentJohn Reynolds
2:10 PM – 2:45 PM 2019_AB009: Buried Ultrasonic Corrosion Monitoring Sensors for Midstream Asset IntegritySteve Strachen 2019_AB042: Rising Up From The Ashes – Assessing and Repairing Pressure Equipment After A FireRobert C. Dul 2019_AB013: Mobilization of the Asset Integrity ProgramRuss Davis
2:45 PM – 3:10 PM Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
3:10 PM – 3:45 PM 2019_AB012: The Importance of Post Welding Pickling for Duplext Stainless SteelRichard Samson-Ovia 2019_AB094: “Staying Sharp” The Importance of Continuing Education (Part 1)Joel Amato & Eben Creaser 2019_AB041: The Effects of Buttering on In-service WeldingMorgan Dull
3:50 PM – 4:25 PM 2019_AB064: Valve Manufacturing: Inconsistencies between Common Practices and Code RequirementsAli Abari 2019_AB094: “Staying Sharp” The Importance of Continuing Education (Part 2)Joel Amato & Eben Creaser 2019_AB057: Waveform Controlled Gas Metal Arc Welding for Weld Metal OverlayDarren Barborak
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Town Hall Meeting Town Hall Meeting Town Hall Meeting
Friday Room 301 Room 303 (Main) Room 305
8:05 AM – 8:40 AM 2019_AB001: Root Cause Analysis Made Simple – Driving Bottom Line Improvements by Preventing One Failure at a TimeSusan Lubell 2019_AB037: Damage Control – Managing the Damage Caused by Power Plant CyclingPamela Hamblin 2019_AB088: Advanced Ultrasonic Corrosion mapping comparison through timePhillipe Rioux
8:45 AM – 9:20 AM 2019_AB043: Sweet to Sour Service Assessments for Fixed Process EquipmentDaryl Foley 2019_AB029: Application of LIDAR for Improved Piping Integrity AssessmentsStan Rosinski 2019_AB006: Fitness-for-Service Case Studies in HTHA EquipmentRyan Jones
9:25 AM – 10:00 AM 2019_AB070: Case Study-Failure Analysis of a Pressure Vessel under Cyclic Regime using a Fracture Mechanics ApproachJorge Perez 2019_AB093: Grade 91 and Grade 22 High Energy Piping Fitness-for-Service IssuesMarvin Cohn 2019-AB007: Ammonia Fleet Wide HTHA Risk Assessment by Latest MethodologiesMichael Nugent
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Brunch Brunch Brunch
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Keynote Speaker – Howard Matthews: Power Production’s Journey Through Operational Excellence and Quality Management Systems Keynote Speaker – Howard Matthews: Power Production’s Journey Through Operational Excellence and Quality Management Systems Keynote Speaker – Howard Matthews: Power Production’s Journey Through Operational Excellence and Quality Management Systems
12:05 PM – 1:00 PM Awards & Recognition Presentation Awards & Recognition Presentation Awards & Recognition Presentation

Training Course Scheulde

Room Date / Time Session Description Company Contact
Kinnear TBD Tuesday February 26
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Principles and Applications of NDT For Non-Technicians/Managers This half day training course is for those who have contact with non-destructive testing (NDT) service providers (managers/non-technicians dealing with NDT-related tasks). Within the course, participants will gain an understanding of the common NDT methods used within the industry: liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, ultrasonics, eddy current, and radiography. This will provide managers/non-technicians with the tools for better decision making as it relates to their careers. Canadian Institute for NDE (CINDE)
To register, please contact: Don Courchesne (
Maxbell TBD Tuesday, February 26
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
HTHA Workshop Equipment Reviews, NDE and FFS Overview In the past 5 years, the entire management of HTHA in the Oil and Petrochemical industry has evolved greatly. Many of the NDE methods have gained international acceptance. This workshop will highlight the NDE Advances, outline the current methods for Equipment and Fleet prioritization and review some evolving FFS methodologies currently under evaluation by API and other organizations. The Equity Engineering Group (E2G)
To register, please contact: Michael Nugent (
Maxbell TBD Tuesday February 26
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
American Society of Mechanical Engineering – Standards and Certification There will be two – 4hour sessions: (morning session (8-12pm) and an afternoon session (1-5pm)) providing an introduction to ASME standards. Working with different sections of the ASME Code. Sections 1 – Power Boiler, Section IV Heating Boilers, Section VIII Pressure Vessels as well as B31 Piping standards and applying and preparing for Certifications. ASME

To register, please contact: Chris Mahler ( or 1.973.244.2259
Maxbell TBD Monday, February 25 – Tuesday February 26
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pressure Equipment Safety Legislation To provide an overview of the Alberta legislation and the related codes and standards governing pressure equipment safety. The seminar addresses the full life-cycle of pressure equipment including engineering, fabrication, installation, in-service integrity management (operation, maintenance and reliability) and repair and alteration.(Note: 2-day course) ABSA
Online Registration:
Registration Form:
ABSA Course Listing:
Note: Each seminar doesn’t have it’s own page, so this is the listing for all seminars.
Maxbell TBD Monday, February 25 – Tuesday February 26
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pressure Piping Fabrication Requirements and Quality Control Seminar Presents the requirements of the Safety Codes Act, Regulations and the applicable ASME codes with respect to pressure piping systems and provides awareness and guidance for the effective implementation of a Quality Management System to promote the construction of safe piping systems.(Note: 2-day course) ABSA
Online Registration:
Registration Form:
ABSA Course Listing:
Note: Each seminar doesn’t have it’s own page, so this is the listing for all seminars.
Maxbell TBD Monday, February 25 – Tuesday February 26
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
TSASK Pressure Equipment Safety Legislation Course TSASK is pleased to once again be offering the Pressure Equipment Safety Legislation (PESL) course. With the new Boiler and Pressure Vessel Regulations coming into effect, even veterans of the Saskatchewan pressure equipment and piping industry should consider taking this course.(Note: 2-day course) TSASK
To register visit
Kinnear TBD Tuesday February 26
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Valve Essentials Valve World presents a one-day valve basics course perfect for professionals looking for a general ouline of valve systems & equipment, or to brush up on their knowledgeon this subject. Valve World
To register, visit:
Welding Lab-Glyde Hall & Kinnear TBD Monday, February 25 – Tuesday February 26
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Basic Welding and NDE Inspection Training The course is intended to provide a basic understanding of welding and metal joining technologies, possible discontinuities, inspection technologies, allowable In-service Boiler and Pressure Vessel repair methods and includes a welding lab & NDE Lab, allowing candidates to explore and to recognize what inspection method is best to use and what welding process to use for a given repair. DCM Integrated Solutions Inc.
To register please contact Gordon Canning ( 587-338-2425 or Ken LaPlante ( 780-965-9321
Kinnear TBD Tuesday February 26
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
CCD and IOW’s per API 970 and API 584 – Work Processes This training course will provide an overview of API 970 (CCD’s) and API 584 IOW’s. The work processes will be described in detail. Examples will be provided of deliverables. Students should bring examples of PFD’s (CMD’s) and we can as a group go through the process of developing IOW’s for one or two process units. The trainer has experience with oil sands units (Such as DRU’s, SAGD, and upgraders) and has extensive background in oil refining corrosion/materials. Bring your questions. Space is limited due to room size to first 20+ operating company employees that register. Becht Engineering
To register, visit:
Any questions contact Gerrit Buchheim C: 1-808-264-5874

Welcome to the Pre-Conference Workshops

Room Date / Time Session Description Company Contact
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Integrity Challenges Forum Read the description here! Sponsored by:
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Advancing Focusing Techniques for Phased Array Ultrasonic Inspections Over the last couple of years, Full Matrix Capture (FMC) and Total Focusing Method (TFM) has started to be adopted for the inspection of pressurized equipment. Since it is a fairly new method, its physics principles are not yet known to all NDT technicians or asset owners. This technical workshop will explain the theory behind this technology, its strengths and weaknesses, and explore its capability for various inspection configurations, including typical corrosion and weld examinations. Zetec
For all additional information, please contact:
Patrick Tremblay (
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Advanced Corrosion Mapping Assessment Acquisition of a corroded sample with a portable immersive probe, also call WheelProbe. Reconstruction of the data, Superposition of the corroded profile data with a reference image, Statistical analysis of the corroded area and demonstration of an advanced automatic defect contouring and sizing tool. Sonatest
For all additional information, please contact:
Philippe Rioux (
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Short Range Ultrasonic Inspection for Corrosion Detection in Tanks and Vessels Using short range ultrasonic inspection to detect corrosion in tanks and vessels. Find internal corrosion from outside of asset. Detect corrosion under insulation or pipe supports or below ground in pipe risers. Russel NDE Systems
For all additional information, please contact:
Michael Prendergast (
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Turnaround Management of Critical Flanges This presentation will provide the audience a detailed description of the mobilized critical flange inspection process. Using a mobility approach to this effort will provide significant benefit. It enables the turnaround team utilizing PK Technology’s inspectors and its intelliSPEC™ tool to save a significant amount of time and money in this aspect of turnaround work execution. This detailed work process also assures the owner that all critical flanges have been properly inspected, repaired and torqued placing them back into service and providing a safe, environmentally sound and reliable operation. PK Technology
For all additional information, please contact:
Justin Nickel (
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Reducing Dangerous Confined Space Personnel Entry With Robotics We don’t have R2D2 yet, but pressure vessel robotics are taking daily strides toward decreasing dangerous confined space entries. This workshop will focus on robotics and imaging technologies making in-roads in this field. The first part of the workshop has a presentation on the state of the art of pressure vessel confined space entry in robotic technology. The presentation illustrates magnetic crawler robotic systems and unmanned aerial vehicles now being deployed in confined spaces. The second part of this workshop will be a hands-on session with robotics systems on display. These technologies hold the promise making plant operations safer and providing significant economic benefits for the industry, mainly through reduction of plant down time and a reduction of overall capital expenditures for shutdown activities. IRISNDT
For all additional information, please contact:
Ana Benz (
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
OPEX Reduction – Maintenance Optimization Case Studies Do you feel your planned maintenance (PM) is too conservative? How well you use the data generated from your PM activities? Is your regime time-based or generally qualitative? Do you feel you are carrying out PM that has no safety or production benefits? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you. During this interactive workshop we will look at real life case studies on PM optimization where reliability and availability targets, along with actual equipment histories are used to optimize maintenance regimes and reduce your OPEX burden significantly. Participant will also have the chance to share their issues and explore potential solutions during the workshop.
The case studies will cover Pressure Safety Valves (PSV), Rotating Equipment and Instrumentation from upstream and downstream industries.
Lloyd’s Register
For all additional information, please contact:
Hassan Sadeghi (
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Establishing Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs) for Refinery Fired Heaters Understanding and establishing effective Integrity Operating Windows (IOW’s) is critical in the management of fired heater assets. IOW’s, as described by API 584, are a specific subset of operating limits focused on maintaining the integrity and reliability of process equipment. IOW’s address issues that involve process variables that, when not adequately monitored or controlled, can impact the likelihood and rates of damage mechanisms, leading to loss of containment. The establishment, implementation and maintenance of IOW’s employs a multi-disciplinary approach and should be considered an essential part of facility maintenance strategies. This workshop will provide an overview of the key components in establishing IOW’s, the levels of IOW limits, and the basic principles and application of API Recommended Practice 584 to achieve reliable fired heater performance. Quest Integrity
For all additional information, please contact:
Tim Hill (
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
After a fire, what do you do next? There are only a few references to insitu replicas in API 579-1 and these are in the chapters on fire damage and creep damage. Some inspectors may not have seen insitu replication and yet they are often asked to do them. Insitu replication is not difficult to learn. We cannot grind and etch at the Banff Centre but the inspectors will have ample opportunity in class to replicate metal samples with cellulose acetate tape. And to look at their results with the microscope. The cellulose acetate replication is often the step that is the most difficult for inspectors to learn. Levan Engineering For all additional information, please contact:
Bruce Levan (
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Everything you need to know to register your Boiler Plant in BC By October 2019, all boiler plants in BC are mandated to be registered with Technical Safety BC, the province’s technical safety regulator. To achieve this, Technical Safety BC has deployed an online self-service registration system for all boiler plants in BC. In this workshop, you will learn how to register your plant, the different plant classifications, and the supervision requirements. If you have questions about plant registration, this is the workshop to attend. Technical Safety BC
For all additional information, please contact:
Jen Kuba (
Kinnear TBD Wednesday, February 27
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bolt Tensioning VS Bolt Torquing The workshop will include a discussion about: Bolt Load, Seizing/Galling, Way to avoid galling, Advantages/Disadvantages of torquing, Advantages/Disadvantage of tensioning, Anti-Seize/Lubrication, Safety, Methods of Bolting, Training, Competency, Scheduling/Planning Advantages, Quality Control Integra Technologies
For all additional information, please contact:
Mark Johnson (

Keynote Speakers

Greg Johnson – The Tornado Hunter

Greg Johnson, one of North America’s top professional storm-chasers and severe weather experts, is also an accomplished photographer, speaker, author, workshop leader and recently a television personality with the CMT series, Tornado Hunters. After graduating from Canada’s renowned Acadia University and founding and building a leading successful communications, marketing and advertising firm from the ground up, Greg decided it was time to devote himself full-time to pursuing his passion for capturing nature’s most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather.

Using sophisticated weather-tracking technology, his ability to read severe weather patterns and a team of dedicated sidekicks, Greg has put over 200,000 kms on his Tornado Truck, intercepting and documenting hundreds of storms across the United States and Canada since 2011 alone. His recent experiences include documenting and compassionately sharing the aftermath of the massive twisters that devastated Joplin Missouri, Moore Oklahoma and El Reno, Oklahoma. Greg’s skills are now being retained by the outdoor festival industry in order to assist organizers in ensuring their large crowds are kept safe from sudden and severe weather risks. He also lends his extensive knowledge to organizations who wish to educate their outdoor working crews on severe weather safety and protocol.

Greg is the author of the Blown Away, A Year through the Lens of The Tornado Hunter, a best seller and gold medal award winner for design. He recently published a second book entitled, Why is the Sky Green? which is already gaining much respect in the photography community.

A firm believer in the ‘Bucket List’ philosophy, Greg’s mission is to inspire others to chase their own passions, while sharing and teaching the lessons he has learned from pursuing his. When he’s not storm-chasing or speaking, Greg enjoys life at home in Regina, Saskatchewan spending time with his three children, and of course – cheering for his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Patrick Smyth – Vice President, Performance – Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Patrick Smyth is vice president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) where he and his team work with industry partners to enhance industry performance and reputation. Prior to joining CEPA in September 2014, Patrick spent seven years in an executive leadership role with Canada’s National Energy Board and eight years in various roles with the province of British Columbia where he split his time between the Ministry of Energy and Mines and Oil and Gas Commission. During his time with the B.C. Public Service, Patrick was instrumental in defining and executing the province’s oil and gas development strategy.

Patrick began his career in the trades and progressed into a quality assurance role obtaining certification in both Canada and the United States in welding inspection and non-destructive examination. With a passion for life-long learning, he has earned a diploma of technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a BComm and MBA from Royal Roads University. He is a passionate safety professional holding designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and a deep interest in advancing safety culture within the Canadian pipeline industry.

Howard Matthews – Vice-President, Power Production – SaskPower

 Howard Matthews was appointed Vice-President, Power Production and President and CEO of SaskPower International in June 2015, after serving as acting Vice-President, Power Production since July 2014. Mr. Matthews has held a number of positions during his career with SaskPower, beginning as an electrical engineer in 1989. Prior to joining SaskPower’s executive, Mr. Matthews was the Director at Poplar River Power Station in Coronach, Saskatchewan. Before his long-standing career at SaskPower, Mr. Matthews worked as a computer programmer for the Saskatchewan Research Council, Northern Telecom and Saskatchewan Mining and Development Corporation. He has also worked as a field engineer with Husky Injection in Toronto. Mr. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.

Mr. Matthews is joining us at IPEIA 2019 to discuss Efficiency, Process Safety and Integrity. Operational Excellence at SaskPower is delivering increased equipment reliability and productivity as well as substantially improved safety performance all while reducing costs. By combining an Operational Excellence mindset along with our QMS program methodology, we are seeing improved results and considerably less stress in people across the Generation fleet.

Social Networking Events

Exhibitor Appreciation Night

Our exhibitors are a vital part of the IPEIA experience and this conference would not thrive without them. On Wednesday afternoon, we invite you to join us and interact with this year’s exhibitors to see what new products and technologies are being introduced to industry. As always, appetizers and beverages will be on hand. We hope to see you there.
Click here to see this year’s exhibitors

Delegate Networking Event

Announcing exciting details about the 2019 IPEIA Thursday Night Networking event!

The 2019 networking event will be held in beautiful downtown Banff at:

Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon
201 Banff Avenue – 2nd Floor
7:00pm to 9:00pm, on Thursday February 28, 2019.

We invite all delegates to join us at Banff’s premier off-site venue for an evening of socializing in a relaxing, country themed atmosphere.

Magician and entertainer, Atsushi Ono, will be interacting with delegates throughout the event. Mr. Ono will astonish you with the magical entertainment he provides. Feel free to see a preview of his work at

Delegates will enjoy interactive games, share a bundle of laughs and have a chance to win a variety of prizes. The live band starts at 9pm to keep the fun going all night long. See you there!

Spousal Program

Our Spousal Program is a fantastic way to keep your significant other engaged while you are attending the conference. This year’s events include a tour at The Maple Leaf Restaurant in downtown Banff, a Paint Night experience or a snowshoe adventure at Marble Canyon. As with any visit to Banff, a visit to the Banff Hot Springs is also on the schedule.
To learn more or see the full schedule, visit our Spousal Program page! Or to register your spouse/partner, add them to your existing IPEIA 2019 registration by clicking hereRegister soon, space is limited.