The Innovation Committee will be the focal point to explore, develop and deliver new ideas, technologies, equipment and processes that add value to the pipeline industry and provide a forum, leadership and guidance to foster these innovations and inform the IPLOCA membership about the current technology and trends affecting the pipeline industry.

Two Novel Construction Initiative meetings are held each year, offering a platform to stimulate innovation in the technology and processes required for the execution of onshore pipeline projects by engaging all contributors to the pipeline construction supply chain.

Two awards are being presented every alternate year to an outstanding project execution in onshore and offshore pipeline, or facilities construction (Excellence in Project Execution Award) and to a significant contribution to innovation in pipeline construction (New Technologies Award).

IPLOCA’s involvement in research through its relationship with the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) brought about the Mitigative Strategics Report for Lowering-in Stresses and the best practices report on Pipeline Route Selection. (Our liaison is Bill Olson from GIE) https://www.gie.com/index.php/about-us-m/leadership

Leadership

The leadership of the Committee is as follows:

Gerben Wansink

Maats B.V. Netherlands Director, Europe Central Innovation Committee Chair

Doug Bailey

CATERPILLAR INC United States

Giacomo Bonfanti

GDI – Grupo Desarrollo Infraestructura S.A. de C.V. Mexico Director, Latin America

Leonardo Gravina

SICIM S.P.A. Italy

Andrew Stuart

WINN & COALES INTERNATIONAL LTD United Kingdom Director, Associate Members

Virendra Varshney

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL) India Director, East & Far East

Tim Zboya

BECHTEL Pipeline United States