International Pipeline Geotechnical Conference - 2017


The ASME 2017 International Pipeline Geotechnical Conference (IPG2017) is an international event to promote knowledge sharing, technological progress and international cooperation for advancing the management of natural forces impacting pipelines with the intent of protecting the public, environment, energy infrastructure assets and ensure safe and reliable operations.

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Jul. 25-26, 2017
Lima , Peru

The pipeline risk factors associated with natural forces include:

  • Landslides and mass movement
  • Tectonics/seismicity — including fault crossings and liquefaction
  • Hydrotechnical — including river scour and channel migration
  • Erosion and upheaval displacement
  • Geochemical — including karst and acid rock drainage
  • Unique soil structure — including residual and sensitive soils
  • Desert mechanisms — including dune migration
  • Volcanic mechanisms
  • Freezing of unfrozen ground
  • Thawing of permafrost terrain

These forces have become critical in the integrity management of pipelines due to the occurrence of failures causing loss of human life and damage to the environment. These risk factors are known as Geohazards resulting from natural processes of a geotechnical, geological, hydrological, or tectonic origin that represent potential threats usually induced during the pipeline construction and operations.

The suite of activities constituting geohazard management practice including special design and construction; monitoring and inspection; risk assessment and associated data management have seen considerable advancements in recent years as the topic has gained prominence within the pipeline community.

With the purpose of contributing to the management of these challenges, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) together with Regional Association of Oil, Gas and Biofuels Sector Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARPEL) are pleased to announce the third biennial International Pipeline Geotechnical Conference will be held on July 25-26, 2017.

About PSD

The Pipeline Systems Division actively drives the pipeline industry forward through involvement with conferences, communities, technical knowledge development, and other industry networking events.  PSD aids the development of pipeline engineers by supporting young pipeliner groups, local chapter organizations, and industry outreach.  PSD is made up of members that care for the industry and are committed to making it safer and more reliable.

About ASME

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 140,000 members in 151 countries.

For more than 100 years, ASME has successfully enhanced performance and safety worldwide through its renowned codes and standards, conformity assessment programs, training courses, and journals.

ASME also produces nearly 40 international conferences. These industry-leading events feature advanced research and technical content spanning a range of industries impacted by mechanical engineering, including energy production, energy sources, advanced manufacturing, and engineering sciences. View all ASME Conferences.


ARPEL is a non-profit association gathering oil, gas and biofuels sector companies and institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1965 as a vehicle of cooperation and reciprocal assistance among sector companies, its main purpose is to actively contribute to industry integration and competitive growth, and to sustainable energy development in the region.

Its membership currently represents over 90% of the upstream and downstream activities in Latin America and the Caribbean and includes national and international operating companies, providers of technology, goods and services for the value chain, and national and international sector institutions.

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