The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) held a Government and Industry Pipeline R&D; Forum on February 7-8, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a result of this forum, PHMSA is seeking white papers on individual projects or on consolidated programs that address pipeline safety program areas:
- Pipeline Damage Prevention,
- Detection and Characterization,
- Defect Remediation and Repair,
- New Fuels Transportation.
The R&D; Forum led to a common understanding of current research efforts, key challenges facing government and industry, and potential research areas where exploration can help meet these challenges, and should therefore be considered in developing new research and development applications. The 2 day event included representatives from Federal, State and international government agencies, public representatives, research funding organizations, standards developing organizations, and pipeline operators from the U.S., Canada and Europe.
For more information about the forum and how to submit a white paper can be found here.