Jim Buston of OMS wins National Young Professional Paper Award from the Pipeline Industries Guild
25 June 2012
Jim Buston, Client Solutions Executive at pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) Ltd has won the Pipeline Industries Guild’s National Young Professional Award for a Technical Paper at the competition.
This national award follows on from Jim’s previous success at the regional Scottish finals, where he won the Carron Trophy Young Professional’s Presentation Competition in August 2011. The five regional winners from across the UK were then invited to present at the national finals.
As well as receiving the National competition trophy, Jim was also awarded £500 worth of training vouchers. The presentations were part of ‘The National YP Conference & Competition – Innovation & Evolution of the Industry’ held on 14th June 2012 at Saint-Gobain PAM UK Ltd in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. On the day, Jim competed against four other regional award winners to scoop the top prize for his presentation entitled ‘Making ends meet – Fit-up and Inspection’.
The competition was open to all young professionals below the age of 35. Each of the five finalists had to present for 20 minutes (a 15-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A session) on their chosen topic to an audience and panel of judges made up of members of the Pipeline Industries Guild.
Jim’s presentation highlighted a number of different methods for checking pipe end geometry in oil and gas pipeline projects and how it is now possible to take this further and use actual measured profiles of the shapes of the pipe ends to proactively manage and improve the fit-up process in order to minimise HiLo. Measured profiles can now be assessed to identify difficult pipes early on and to achieve the best possible fit up with the pipes. The presentation also highlighted how after welding, these pipes can then be inspected internally using a combination of laser-based measurement and camera-based systems. Entire welds can be viewed and profiled and it is possible to display the dimensions of what is actually being seen, including weld dimensions and joint HiLo.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have won such a prestigious national competition, particularly in the face of such strong competing finalists,” commented Jim Buston. “I will be using the £500 voucher to futher my personal development and skills here at OMS.”
Established in 1957, The Pipeline Industries Guild has evolved to become the only association worldwide to cater directly for the needs of the pipeline industry, regardless of engineering discipline, application or qualification. The Guild’s membership comprises those with interests in pipelines, transporting hydrocarbon products, chemicals, water, wastewater, and many other substances, both onshore and offshore. All are governed by the industry’s twin need to combine quality with safety, whilst at the same time meeting all the latest environmental and legislative requirements.
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