Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date14th June 2018
Time09:30 - 16:30
VenueIET Birmingham: Austin Court
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The highlight of the YPN year

Meet the finalists

Congratulations to the twelve finalists who have battled it through their Section Heats to the Grand Final

Far East District Section

Theo Wong Kam Kuen, Assistant Engineer, The Hong Kong and China Gas Co Ltd

Theo graduated from the City University of Hong Kong with a BEng in Total Quality Engineering.  In November 2016, he joined the Hong Kong and China Gas Co Ltd as an assistant engineer and was given opportunities to be involved in a broad range of projects.  Theo is currently working in the Customer Maintenance Services Department, providing technical support in the areas of commercial and industrial maintenance as well as process improvement.

Development of Gas Detection Device for Riser Inspection
Gas service risers erected outside buildings are one of the main components in the gas service pipe system in Hong Kong.  To maintain a reliable and safe supply of gas, the condition monitoring and control of these service risers are critical.  In this innovative project, therefore, an inspection device is developed to facilitate the early detection of gas leakage and further enhance occupational safety.

London, Southern and Eastern Section

Alissa Cotton, Carbon Relations Adviser, Shell Research Ltd

Alissa is an adviser for Shell on low carbon technology policy. She joined Shell in 2013 and has held environment-related roles, which have included leading work on greenhouse gas emissions management and mitigation across Shell’s business.   Alissa holds a PhD in chemical engineering, specific to CO2 capture technology, and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. She previously worked in the areas of environmental impact assessment, and soil and groundwater consultancy

Capturing Learnings from the Shell Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage Project
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology deployment on natural gas-fired power generation and industry can support low-carbon energy production from natural gas, whilst helping maintain energy security and supply in a low-carbon future. This paper describes the process that was undertaken to capture learnings from the Peterhead CCS Project, and provides examples of such lessons learned. Capturing and disseminating such learnings is imperative to technology development, efficiency enhancements and in turn cost reduction, helping to facilitate global commercial deployment of CCS technology.

Chris Packwood, Third Year Engineering Trainee, Cadent

After Chris completed a Foundation Degree in Engineering and Physical Science he secured himself a position on Cadent’s Engineering Training Programme in September 2015. Chris has worked in numerous areas of the business and has experience in the wider industry most recently managing large scale pipeline projects. Chris completes his training programme this September whereby he will become a Network Supervisor within Cadent Operate and Maintain East Midlands’

Innovation, implementation and benefits of adopting the 3D Laser Scanner to conduct T/PM/P/11 assessments within the Gas Industry
This innovative equipment enables the user to conduct a P/11 assessment through the use of a laser scanner enabling the user to review the results in real time. The scanner is 6 times more accurate the traditional method and takes 80% less time. 

Midlands Section

Josh Eades, Project Engineer, National Grid

Josh works for Pipelines Maintenance Centre (PMC) delivering a wide programme of works for both internal and external customers, alongside managing PMC’s emergency call out operations for the UK’s Oil and Gas Industry. His career began as an Advanced Mechanical Apprentice in the steel industry.  Following this, he joined the Gas Distribution Industry as a Trainee Construction Engineer on the mains replacement projects, leading onto a position within East Midlands Operations, Emergency Response and Repair.  He moved to PMC after six years within the industry.

Valve Care Tool Box
The paper provides an insight into a range of engineering solutions to ‘grow a toolbox’ of technologies which can address aspects of valve maintenance, and more specifically, to focus on buried valves suffering from corrosion caused by water ingress. The project is structured to identify a number of new ideas, and challenge their appropriateness using basic engineering tools, in order to produce a short-list of potential solutions, paying attention to 3 main aspects, ‘Assess, Clean and Protect.

New Zealand Branch

Michael Tong, Gas Asset Intelligence Analyst, Powerco

Michael graduated from the University of Otago with a BSc in Statistics in 2015 and is continuing part time study in actuarial science. He joined Powerco as an analyst in the gas asset strategy team, providing data analytics to create projects for the yearly works plans and assist the project managers and engineers in these individual projects.

Risk Modelling of Gas Assets
To efficiently run a gas network you need to actively manage the number and consequence of asset failures. This project was to use actuarial methods to assess and apply an objective measure of risk to all assets for simple asset prioritisation including renewal projects, maintenance adjustment and optimisation.

North East & Yorkshire Section

Chris Rodgerson, Integrity Engineer, Northern Gas Networks

Chris is a Chartered Engineer with a Masters in Pipeline Engineering from Newcastle University. Having worked as a Pipeline Engineer in an international consultancy and a Royal Marine in the British military, he now works to ensure a reliable and safe gas supply to the north of England working as an Integrity Engineer for Northern Gas Networks. 
Severe third party damage to a 30 inch high pressure pipeline
An investigation into severe third party damage discovered on a 38 bar pipeline and the learnings which can help the wider industry to reduce the likelihood of a catastrophic failure in the future.

Ben Smith, Senior Engineer, ROSEN UK

Ben is a Chartered Engineer who graduated from the University of Northumbria in 2012 with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and then completed an MSc in Pipeline Integrity Management in 2016.  He has worked in the gas industry as an engineering consultant since 2012 providing technical solutions for projects which cover the full asset life cycle.

Managing Water Ingress Into The Gas Distribution Network
The project provides pro-active solutions for identifying the location of water ingress and accumulation within the gas network by using data GIS data sets and gas hygrometry assessments.  A remote monitoring “smart” syphon has been designed, and installed in a field trial to collect water and alert when emptying is required, therefore significantly increasing the efficiency of maintenance whilst ensuring security of supply.

North West Section

Matt Goode, Network Supervisor, Cadent

Matt joined Cadent in 2015 after graduating from Liverpool University with a BSc (Hons) in Physics. Once starting in the company he realised that his enthusiasm lies within engineering project management and delivery. Matt currently runs an annual portfolio of projects within the North West ensuring the integrity and safety of assets of all pressure tiers, alongside ah-hoc projects that require in-depth strategic and financial decision making and workload delivery.

Mother Nature Doesn’t Sign Easements
Any asset owner, not just gas, will encounter damage or potential damage from Mother Nature – There is no one to point the finger at, we have to act. Matt’s paper and presentation outlines a project that he is undertaking to divert the River Mersey over 30m to proactively protect his High Pressure gas feed to Manchester.

Scottish Section

Alexander Webb, Innovation Project Manager, SGN

Alexander joined SGN in 2008 having previously trained and worked as an architect. Initially working in Network Planning he built an appreciation for the value of data and its ability to disrupt industry. In 2014 he joined the Innovation team focussing on projects in the energy futures space and specifically undertaking the role of the Network Innovation Competition bid lead for Real-Time Networks. Following his successful bid, he moved to the role of Project Manager for Real-Time Networks overseeing all aspects from cloud and data management, major construction to stakeholder engagement.

Real-Time Networks; Delivering a Future Energy Network
The paper discusses the Real-Time Networks NIC project from the initial concept through to implementation. The multi discipline project is developing the world’s first gas energy model which will fundamentally change the way the gas network is managed, ensuring that the network is able to demonstrate flexibility and accommodate changes in order to satisfy the energy trilemma.

South West Section

Andrew Firth, Data Accuracy Officer, Wales & West Utilities

Andrew graduated from Lancaster University in 2004 with a BSc in Accounting and Finance Combined with Computer Science. He joined Wales & West Utilities in 2005 as an Administration Assistant. He quickly progressed within the company and became a Data Accuracy Officer in 2008. Andrew’s role revolves around assessing, processing and maintaining data received from operational colleagues. He is also the company’s Firm Load Shedding Coordinator, responsible for running Wales & West Utilities load shedding as part of National Gas Emergencies or Exercises.

Shedding the Load, Driving Change with Firm Load Shedding
The paper discusses the Firm Load Shedding Project on how it has both improved results at Wales & West Utilities and is setting the industry standard.

Welsh Section

Sam Jones, Build & Replace Craftsperson, Wales & West Utilities

Since joining Wales & West Utilities in 2015 as an Apprentice, Sam has competed both Level 1 and Level 2 Gas Service and Gas Main Laying qualifications.   Sam is currently completing his final year of his apprenticeship studying towards a Level 3 qualification in Gas Network Operations.

Improving Customer Satisfaction on Planned Mains Replacement Programs whilst keeping our customers safe and warm
Sam has written, produced and edited a short video explaining why Gas Distribution Networks are replacing old metallic mains and how this directly benefits customers. This video is available on scheme letters sent out via a QR code link, as well as being formatted into a USB whereby it can be played for customers via their smart tv whilst he is working at their property.



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