Novel Construction Session

For more information on the Novel Construction Initiative, please click here.

Thursday & Friday, 15 - 16 March 2018
Mercure Hotel Tempelhof 
- Berlin, Germany

The Novel Construction Spring Session took place in Berlin on Thursday, 15 and Friday, 16 of March 2018, immediately following the Pipeline Technology Conference (PTC). We would like to thank everyone for their active participation and collaboration.


To view the agenda of the meeting including the Novel Initiatives presented, please click here

Working groups

The current Novel Construction working groups are: 

Group Leader E-Mail
Planning & Design Criss Shipman (G.I.E.) e-mail
Earthworks & Crossings Paul Andrews (Fluor) e-mail
Welding & NDT Gustavo Guaytima (TransCanada) e-mail
New Trends & Innovation Mustafa Abusalah (CCC) e-mail
Coatings Somaieh Salehpour (Shawcor) e-mail
Environment Sue Sljivic (RSK) e-mail
Logistics Bruno Pomaré (Spiecapag) e-mail
Pre-Commissioning Vincenzo Calabria (Sicim) e-mail
Bending Geert Dieperink (Maats) e-mail 
Health & Safety Alain Gauthiez (Spiecapag) e-mail

The meetings were held at the Mercure Hotel Tempelhof where people from different companies gathered for a productive session to discuss new construction tecnologies.


After a short introduction on IPLOCA from IPLOCA's Executive Secretary, Juan Arzuaga, the agenda included several presentations on new technologies in the industry from knowledgeable speakers. To view the presentations, please click on the title below:

  • World Class Pipeline Monitoring Using High Fidelity Fiber Optic Technology
    Steve Koles, HiFi Engineering
  • A Stage Approach for Managing Terrain and Geohazards on New Pipeline Projects
    Mark Leir, BGC Engineering Inc
  • Developments in Automatic Field Joint Coating
    Andrew Stribley, Serimax FJC
  • PU Foam: Backfill for All Seasons
    Guy Harris, VelociFoam Ltd
  • Update on Laurini's latest Developments
    Paolo Garbi & Giacomo Baione, Laurini Officine Meccaniche Srl
  • Pipe Tracking Module of Construction Management System
    Ibrahim Okcay, Tekfen Construction and Installation
  • The Vacuum Pipe Lifter with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership
    Brendan Boelema, Vlentec Intern


Group work sessions were then held during the afternoon.


After the group work sessions on Thursday, the different groups presented the results of their discussions.