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)


The leadership of the Committee is as follows:

Gerben Wansink

Maats Pipeline Professionals the Netherlands Innovation Committee Chair

Doug Bailey


Leonardo Gravina

SICIM S.p.A. Italy Director, Middle East & Africa

Somaieh Salehpour

Seal For Life Industries the Netherlands Director, Associate Members

Kent Wilfur

Gulf Interstate Engineering Company U.S.A. Director, America North