BANFF, ALBERTA, CANADA – February 24-28

For over twenty years, the International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association (IPEIA) has drawn together industry professionals for a week-long conference located alongside the breathtaking Canadian Rockies in Banff, Canada. The conference provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to over 850 attendees, including specialty networking events, technical presentations, certified training courses, industry group meetings, workshops, an exhibition hall and hands-on demonstrations.

This year, the exhibition hall was filled with an abundance of emerging inspection technologies and the technical program boasted an impressive range of presentations focusing on topics including:

  • Asset Integrity Management
  • Advanced NDE Technologies
  • Risk Based Inspection
  • Reducing Turnaround Exposure
  • Data & Technology


Playing a part in the technical program, Pinnacle Program Manager, Lewis Makin, presented “The Path to a Sustainable Piping Program” on Thursday, February 27. In the presentation, Lewis walked through a four-step process to develop effective and efficient piping program strategies to optimize cost, focus resources and drive business impact, including:

  1. Understanding Your Current State
  2. Leveraging Holistic Risk Based Management to Identify a Fit-For-Purpose Approach
  3. Developing a Condition Monitoring Location (CML) Placement and Management Strategy
  4. Implementing and Evergreening Your Program

As the presentation was underway, Lewis sparked the audience’s attention the most when he began discussing how leveraging holistic risk based management to identify a fit-for-purpose approach can allow you to foster a best-in-class piping program with refinery availability ranging from 93-97%. A holistic view includes having fully integrated cross-functional teams (shared budgets across all assets), fully integrated systems (IDMS, EDMS, CMMS), cross-referencing all available data to make decisions on a system and plant level (integrated asset model) and rolling up system, unit and plant-level focused mitigation activities into one.

Connect to Learn More

Interested in learning more? Catch up with Lewis to discuss key presentation takeaways, request a copy of the presentation, or schedule a phone call to review the presentation in more detail by clicking here. Once again, we genuinely enjoyed the conference and are looking forward to returning to Banff next year for the 2021 IPEIA Conference.

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