PPIM brings a lot of good things to Houston each year when it is held.  The event is a combination of conference, exhibition, and training courses.  It is all done at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  The majority of the content is about using flow pigs in pipelines.

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Here are some of the topics that are discussed at the meeting:

  • API Standards
  • Hydrostatic Test
  • Stress and Corrosion Cracking
  • Magnetic Flux Leakage
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Pipeline Inspection

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What really jumped out at me this year is how much the industry relies on rental equipment.  This is a huge business.  I spoke to one vendor that told me that not only are some rentals engineered for a particular application, but that one rental company will rent items from another rental company to complete the design package.  It is a very incestuous business.

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PPIM comes to Houston every year.  Lots of good fun there, you should join us.  In the meantime, please view their website:  http://www.clarion.org/ppim/ppim20/Conference-Program.php

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