Patrick Vieth received the Lifetime Achievement Award, hosted at the International Pipeline Conference (IPC) held September 26th to 30th in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Nominated by industry leaders and his fellow peers at ASME, Pat received this award for recognition of his tremendous, long-time contributions to advancing the pipeline integrity industry.
Pat has been a leader in the industry since the late 1980’s when he was with Battelle Memorial Institute, Kiefner & Associates, CC Technologies/DNV, and currently with Dynamic Risk. Through each of these organizations, Patrick has been a constant advocate for the benefits and values of collaborative pipeline research and improving pipeline safety. Pat also contributed to some of the earliest forms of risk assessments. Pat worked with the ASME B31.4 committee to help develop the first database of PHMSA incident data (prior to it being in electronic form) for hazardous liquid pipelines and then through PRCI, Pat evolved the PHMSA incident data and analytics for the natural gas pipeline systems.
Throughout his career, he has been involved in supporting the response to numerous pipeline incidents by providing support related to metallurgical failure investigations, regulatory and legal support, root-cause failure analysis, and return-to-service programs. Pat has also assumed the technical leadership roles in several Joint Industry Projects including the transportation of fuel grade ethanol and enhanced girth weld performance for new grade X70 pipelines. His unique perspective helps to ensure that research results are applicable to solving problems for pipeline operators.
Furthermore, the application of technology to solving problems for pipeline operators is often done in real-time. In the mid-1990s, a liquid pipeline operator experienced a longitudinal seam failure in AO Smith flash welded pipe. Since ultrasonic crack detection was not yet available for this pipe size (20-in diameter), Pat led a team to utilize transverse field inspection (TFI) to identify seam weld defects. This technology has continued to evolve over the past 25 years where Pat has been involved in validation programs associated with the TFI technology, along with all other in-line inspection technologies.
Pat has contributed his time and energy in many ways across the pipeline industry. Pat has served as Vice Chair of the ASME B31.4 Committee, contributions to PRCI’s applied research, advisor to Qualification Panel for the Pipeline Industry (QPPI), Chair and Vice Chair for the International Pipeline Conference (IPC), Board Chair for the IPC Foundation, and past Chair and Board Member for the Young Pipeline Professionals (YPP USA) organization. Pat’s leadership role in the development of YPP USA demonstrates his commitment to the pipeline industry and ensuring that the transfer of knowledge to the next generation is successful.
For these accomplishments, Pat has been recognized for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and his contributions to the advancement of the pipeline industry.
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