New institute at UBC to provide training and research towards pipeline integrity

The University of British Columbia launched a new institute today with the goal of providing education and research towards safer pipelines. Supported by partners from government and industry, the Pipeline Integrity Institute is expected to contribute to the global search for pipeline best practices and innovation.


Pipeline Integrity Institute partners at the institute launch. Front row, from left: Art Kanzaki, Akram Alfantazi, Ken Paulson, Ziad Saad, Robert Jones, David Parker, Dharma Wijewickreme, James Olson, Marc Parlange. Back row, from left: Richard Sones, Dave Coffin, Michael Isaacson, Daan Maijer, Steve Hansen, Steve Kalny, Graham Pryke, David Hoff, Gary Johnson.

“Pipelines are the safest way of effectively transporting fluids, whether that liquid is potable water, oil, natural gas or wastewater,” said Dharma Wijewickreme, professor of civil engineering and the institute’s co-director. “It’s in the best interests of our communities to ensure pipelines are safe and secure. By protecting their integrity, we protect the surrounding environment.”

“Our vision is to champion world-leading pipeline practices and innovation through advanced education, training and applied research,” said Akram Alfantazi, professor of materials engineering and the institute’s co-director.

Professor Wijewickreme’s research focuses on the performance of pipelines subject to ground movements such as those arising from landslides and earthquakes. Professor Akram Alfantazi’s expertise is in pipe materials and protection of pipelines against corrosion.

In addition to research, the institute is offering new engineering classes for undergraduate and graduate students to ensure that industry has the skilled professionals necessary to manufacture, design and construct pipelines that support society’s needs.

The institute is undertaking this work with the support of foundation partners BC Oil and Gas Commission, Ledcor, Michels Canada, Specialty Polymer Coatings and TransCanada Pipelines, and associate partners Alliance Pipeline, Baker Hughes, Evraz, FortisBC, ShawCor, SNC Lavalin and Stantec.

More information about the Pipeline Integrity Institute:


ErinRose Handy
UBC Faculty of Applied Science

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