The Young Persons Paper Competition 2016 Grand Final is nearly
upon us. Let's meet the nine ection winners competing for that
amazing trip to Gastech 2017 in Tokyo.
FEDS Section winner
Alan Ho, Technical Development Engineer, Hong Kong &
China Gas Co Ltd
Alan has an MSc in Operations Management and a BEng in
Mechanical Engineering. He is now a Technical Development
Engineer in the distribution operation department, focusing on
innovative and automated project development.
"The Design of Internal Alignment Clamp for PE Pipe
Currently, there are some limitations when joining new
polyethylene (PE) pipes in congested areas via electrofusion when
using the existing strap clamp. A new piece of innovative
equipment, the internal alignment clamp, has been developed to
enhance gas safety and tackle these challenges.
FEDS Section runner up
Magnum Ngai Hin So, Engineer, Hong Kong & China Gas Co Ltd
Magnum has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering. His main
role is to provide technical support to gas related projects
including design, structure simulation, testing documentation.
Magnum is hoping to achieve Chartered status in order to develop
his future career in the gas industry.
"Gas Riser Thermal Stress Analysis Program"
Magnum's paper is about the study of thermal expansion and
contraction in gas risers within tall residential buildings.
Software developed to analyse the cracking of gas risers under
thermal force can help predict gas leakage, enhance public safety
and reduce subsequent maintenance.
London, Southern and Eastern Section
Sam Wilson, Project Manager for Innovation and New Technology,
Sam completed two advanced modern apprenticeships and
a HNC in Mechanical Engineering before qualifying as a weapons
technician. He managed the first field trial of the large CISBOT
robotic repair system and is currently Project Manager of SGN's NIC
robotics project. He is seeking to gain professional registration
as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and eventually Chartered status
"Developing Robotic Remediation Techniques for Distribution
The use of robotics has been a key development in a number of
industries to minimise downtime, risk, cost and drive efficiency.
This paper details the benefits this type of technology could bring
to gas distribution networks and the systems developed under SGN's
NIC robotics project.
Midlands Section winner
Charlotte Bath, Materials Engineer, DNV GL
After graduating with a Masters in Chemistry, Charlotte is
currently working as a Materials Engineer in the integrity
management team at DNV GL (Oil & Gas). Day to day she works on
a diverse range of projects including failure investigations and
condition assessments for onshore and offshore assets.
"Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion: A Review of Modern
Corrosion Investigations in the Gas Industry"
Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) has been identified
as one of the major causes of corrosion failures. Charlotte's
review considers how modern failure investigations have developed
to recognise and detect cases of MIC. The aim is to advance the
understanding of MIC amongst network operators, preventing the use
of costly, ineffective remediation measures.
North East and Yorkshire Section winner
Rafal Cichosz, Mechanical Engineer, Synthotech Ltd
Rafal has a Bachelors degree in Mechatronics . Since 2014,
he has worked as a Mechanical Engineer in the research and
development department at Synthotech Ltd in Harrogate. Here he is
involved in Project GRAID and 3D printing.
"Project GRAID: Design and Development of an 'Agile' Robotic
Platform for Extreme Unpiggable Pipelines"
An examination of how nature can provide excellent examples of
design for performance in challenging and dynamic environments.
North West Section winner
Rob Lumb Mechanical Engineer, Synthotech Ltd
Rob has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and joined
Synthotech in 2014. He has worked on the Tier One Replacement
System project for two years as a Mechanical Design Engineer in the
R&D department. He is responsible for the drive module and
drill module of the robotic platform.
"Development of the Tier One Replacement System (TORS)
The Tier One Replacement System is a modular robotic platform
designed to make a remote service to mains connection from within
polyethylene pipe inserted into a host metallic main. The drive
system is a critical part of aligning the relevant tooling for the
connection and this paper details the development across three
phases of the iterative design process.
Scottish Section winner
Robyn Pender, Events Coordinator, SGN
Robyn has a BA (Hons) and her interests include marketing
and communications, stakeholder engagement, managing and delivering
events as well as having a keen interest in brand management and
re-branding. Her current role is within the newly formed SGN events
team, helping to deliver a range of internal and external events
"LCNI Conference Case Study: Using Stakeholder Feedback to
Maximise the Benefits of Annual Corporate Events"
Robyn's paper explores the rising importance of corporate events
and the influence key stakeholder feedback can have in maximising
benefits of attending or hosting such events.
The paper explores key event success factors, the components that
make up corporate events, why we attend and the project management
process involved - from conception through to delivery and
South West Section winner
Pippa Wrenn, Asset Officer, Wales & West Utilities
Pippa has a BE (Hons) in Chemical and Process
Engineering. She worked for Powerco in the New Zealand gas
industry and received Chartered status after only four years of
work experience. She is currently a member of IPENZ, IGEM and NZIGE
(the New Zealand branch of IGEM of which she was Secretary for over
This paper is a first-hand account of the steps the industry has
undertaken to meet Ofgem's reporting requirements around asset
health and criticality indices.
Wales Section winner
David Arnold, Commercial Manager, Wales & West Utilities
David has a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He
started work at Wales & West Utilities in 2009, moving from the
workshops to network services, pipelines, and now to working as the
Commercial Manager for Special Projects.
"Making Refurbishment Work"
In 2013, WWU adopted a refurbishment based model for maintaining
the health of its gas infrastructure. This in turn has resulted in
a shift in workload towards a high volume of lower value projects.
This paper described the difficulties associated with delivering
such a portfolio of work, and the methodology adopted to ensure
successful project completion year on year.
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