FROM JANUARY 2007, the focus and editorial content of the Journal of Pipeline Integrity (JPI) are being broadened to embrace more comprehensively the oil and gas pipeline industry, and the Journal’s title – in consequence – is being changed to the Journal of Pipeline Engineering (JPE). Co-publishers UK-based Scientific Surveys and US-based Clarion Technical Publishers hope that this change will not only provide a means by which a wider range of important technical and scientific papers can be made available to the industry, but also that the JPE will appeal to a wider range of readers and thereby help to promote pipeline engineering as an important and independent branch of engineering as a whole.
In the widest sense, all pipeline activities are aimed at maintaining and prolonging a pipeline’s integrity, whether they are concerned with establishing a route for a new pipeline to avoid particular hazards or undertaking a fitness-for-purpose assessment for an aging line to allow it to remain operational as safely and cost-effectively as possible. The new Journal of Pipeline Engineering will have this concept as its underlying theme, while increasing its editorial scope to encompass as many areas as possible of the engineering sciences that lie behind successful pipeline operations.
THE CHANGING focus of the JPI to the JPE is being undertaken for a further reason: to support and encourage the establishment of the Professional Institute of Pipeline Engineers (PIPE). This new professional organization will have as its core aims the maintenance and improvement of standards of pipeline engineering for all types of pipeline for transportation of hydrocarbons and associated materials, both on- and offshore, and the promotion of the status of those involved with their design, construction, operation, and maintenance.
Although fairly new as an engineering discipline when compared, for instance, to civil or mechanical engineering, pipeline engineering has undoubtedly emerged as a discrete engineering discipline, and it is felt that that the time has come to publicly acknowledge it as such. As with any of the other engineering disciplines, there are many aspects that can be included in the portmanteau of ‘pipeline engineering’, and in accepting this, the PIPE will seek to provide the broadest-possible base for the promotion of the status of both the discipline and its practitioners in the wider societies in which they operate.
It is intended that the PIPE will be formally launched in January, 2007, by which time a web site will have been set up at www.pipeinst.org, a founding Board will have been convened, and membership criteria will have been confirmed. An announcement on page 162 summarizes some of these stages, as well as providing an overview of the PIPE’s aims. In further detail, the initial aims of the Institute are as follows:
• to promote the importance of maintaining and improving the standards of pipeline engineering for all types of pipeline for transportation of hydrocarbons and associated materials, both on- and offshore
• to acknowledge and promote the status of those involved with their design, construction, operation, and maintenance
• to promote the importance of operating pipelines with the highest possible standards of integrity and safety
• to be proactive in the promotion and establishment of best practice in the minimization of environmental impact from pipelines of all types
• to provide an opportunity for identifying research opportunities in this field, and eventually to be a source of funding for collaborative R&D projects
• to provide a forum for discussion of all the issues concerned with pipeline engineering and integrity
• to provide a network so that those involved in maintaining pipeline integrity and safety are able to exchange ideas and experiences among their peer group
• to create, and maintain the standard of, a professional qualification for those involved in this industry which reflects their personal experience and status
The announcement on page 162 also gives contact details for the PIPE’s Secretariat (with offices in the UK and the US) in case further information is required prior to the web site being launched, and those involved will be pleased to discuss this initiative whenever appropriate.