Virtual Meetup Series

Join our Virtual Meetup Series and take your professional development into your own hands through flexible learning formats and exchanges with peers and experts! Whether you are at the office, on your lunch break or in your home office, leverage engaging live calls that will increase your skills as you learn at your own pace – and only what is new to you. Quick. Virtual. Live.

Check out our first four sessions:

June 8, 2021


As the world moves towards a decarbonized future, global demand for fossil fuels continues to rise. The challenge is to meet the increased energy demand while reducing overall emissions along the entire value chain. In this context, renewable hydrogen will play an important role as a flexible energy carrier, which in turn will have an impact on how we manage our (converted) pipelines.

Come and join us for a discussion about the importance of hydrogen for the energy transition and the role of existing pipelines. We will summarize the unique properties of hydrogen and the differences between hydrogen pipelines and natural gas pipelines. In addition, we will introduce a framework approach outlining a structured approach for the assessment of existing pipelines and the management of their conversion to, and operation under, hydrogen service. We are interested in your experience in this area. Curious? Just click and attend.

Neil Gallon

Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group

Neil Gallon is a Principal Materials and Welding Engineer working for the ROSEN Integrity Services division in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and is a Chartered Engineer, a professional Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and an International / European Welding Engineer. He has over 20 years' experience in manufacturing and consultancy, including working for companies such as Tata Steel and GE. His current interests include the impact of gaseous hydrogen on materials and welds.

June 22, 2021


Many of us in the oil and gas industry have become disillusioned with the grandiose promises of “big data” and “artificial intelligence.” So with oil demand seeing record lows lately, perhaps data really is the new oil – just not in the way we had hoped. But what if we dispensed with the buzzwords and silver-bullet solutions and instead focused on small but tangible data-science applications?

Meet Michael Smith as he opens the debate on why operators and service providers need to focus on discrete problems – commensurate to the datasets, technologies and skillsets that are actually accessible within their organizations – so they can see immediate value. With the experience of solving a small problem comes the confidence and competence to pursue a slightly larger one, as well as the buy-in from stakeholders to grow the data-science function across their organization.

Michael Smith

Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group

Michael Smith is a chartered Chemical Engineer and Data Scientist with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Within ROSEN he leads the development of new asset integrity technologies, with a specific focus on 'Integrity Analytics' – the use of data analytics to support integrity management decisions.

July 6, 2021


We hear a lot about competence development in the pipeline industry, knowing it is a key to developing a young pipeline professional's career. But do we know what it really means? And can you fast-track this development? Is it your responsibility or your employer's? Can you get away without it? 

And last but not least, have you ever asked yourself these questions? 

Join us to discuss these issues and find out what is next for our Competence Club project at ROSEN.

Michelle Unger

Education Systems and Services, ROSEN Group

Michelle is the Head of the Group Business Line 'Education Systems and Services' for the ROSEN Group, and is based in the UK. She has over 20 years of experience: her early career involved pipeline integrity consultancy, but her more recent experience is in technical training, learning, education, and competence development. Michelle is a Visiting Lecturer at Newcastle University in the UK, and was a member of the development team of the MSc in Subsea Engineering and Management at Newcastle University. She was also the Program Director of the Distance Learning MSc in Pipeline Integrity Management at Northumbria University in the UK, which was awarded the ASME Global Pipeline Award in 2014. Michelle is a Civil Engineer with a Masters in Pipeline Hydraulics. She has a PgC in Academic Practice from Newcastle University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

July 20, 2021


Is the pipeline business attractive enough for new engineers? Do we inspire professionals to join our industry?

Meet with a panel of Young Pipeliners and founding members of YPI to discuss their experiences and the impact that young pipeliners’ organizations can have on the industry. Ask your questions directly to the panel members and encourage discussion on engaging with our future pipeliners.

Patrick Vieth

Executive Vice President, Dynamic Risk

Patrick has 25 years of experience solving problems related to materials, corrosion, fitness for service, and reliability with primary focus on the production, transportation and distribution pipeline network. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and is actively involved in ASME (B31.4 and the Pipeline Systems Division). Patrick leads the Dynamic Risk USA operations headquartered in The Woodlands (Houston), TX. and provides leadership, technical support and regulatory expertise to ensure the capabilities of IRAS meet our end user’s evolving needs for pipeline risk management.

Marguerite Forde

Chair, Young Pipeline Professionals Europe

Marguerite is a Integrity Solutions Specialist and Sales Manager at ROSEN, located in Newcastle upon Tyne. Originally from Cork, Ireland, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental engineering, and has ten years of experience as a corrosion engineer: consulting on corrosion and integrity management for the oil and gas industry worldwide. Marguerite has extensive capabilities in the delivery and project management of corrosion threat assessments and corrosion control schemes. She is a founding member of YPPE and is currently serving as YPPE chair and YPI Liaison.

Tyler Tunic

Chair, Young Pipeline Professionals USA and Co-Chair, Young Pipeliners International 

Tyler works in Williams’ Pipeline Control group in Houston, TX as the Pipeline Controller Lead for Transco's Gulf Coast Market Area. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University in 2014 and has worked for Williams ever since. Prior to joining Williams’ Pipeline Control group, Tyler held various Pipeline Engineering roles within the organization.  Tyler also is the Young Pipeliners International (YPI) Co-Chair, the incoming Chair of Young Pipeline Professionals (YPP) USA, and sits on the Public Policy and Communications Committee within the INGAA Foundation.  Tyler is a certified professional engineer in the state of Texas and obtained his MBA from Louisiana State University Shreveport in 2020. 

Bernardo Pessoa

Chair, Young Pipeline Professionals Brazil and Co-Chair, Young Pipeliners International

Bernardo is a Senior Pipeline Integrity Engineer at Norsk Hydro. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from PUC-Minas, with part of the course done at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, in Australia, is post graduated in pipeline engineering from PUC-Rio and is finishing a specialization in Welding Engineering. Bernardo has being involved in different projects, within and outside Brazil, related with pipeline integrity from Gas and Slurry pipelines.

July 20, 2021
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM (MDT) / 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (CDT) / 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM (CET)

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