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  • Expert

    Steve Cromwell

    Steve is a Chartered Engineer with over 12 years' pipeline integrity management related experience with extensive knowledge in the development of pipeline rehabilitation programs. Certified by the Institute of Asset Management, Steve has a thorough knowledge of industry best practice and international regulatory trends has worked with a number operators around the world with support in the development, implementation and review of pipeline integrity management systems.

    • Part 1

      Best Practice & COVID-19 – A time to reflect 

      In these difficult times when day to day work may be on pause it is appropriate to reflect on integrity management performance, and how prepared your systems are for the challenges ahead. Take this opportunity to compare your approach with our view of best practice in resilient Pipeline Integrity Management systems, developed working with, and seeing the proven performance of, operators worldwide.


      • Provide an overview of a framework for a Pipeline Integrity Management System  
      • Describe the constituent parts comprising an integrated PIMS which are considered to represent industry best practice.

    • Part 2

      PIMS in a time of crisis – Act in haste and repent at leisure 

      The combined crises of COVID-19 and the oil price crash will create major challenges for pipeline operators. There will be pressure to reduce costs and maintain reliability. Following on from the previous overview of best practice in PIMS, this session will identify some of the consequential considerations that are necessary to maintain effective and robust asset integrity management.


      • Highlight some considerations necessary to maintain asset integrity management brought about by cost saving measures 
      • Identify potential consequences to increased outsourcing and / or reallocation of roles and responsibilities.
      • Discuss safeguards to maintain robust integrity management practices.

    • Part 3

      An integrated approach to crack management

      Cracks within a pipeline system are often a source of grave concern for an operator.  The effective management of this threat requires appropriate technical expertise supported by appropriate management controls.  This session will describe the constituent parts and some key considerations necessary for an effective and robust integrated approach to crack management. 


      • Present an integrated approach to the management of pipeline cracks.
      • Set out the key technical activities associated with a crack management program.
      • Define the requisite associated management control elements necessary for a robust and effective program.