Jennifer Briddon, one of Johnson Matthey's young integrity engineers claimed the top prize in the 2016 Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG) (Scottish Branch) Carron Trophy competition. The event, held annually as part of PIG's Young Person's paper competition, gives five young engineers the chance to win the highly coveted "Carron Trophy" as well as the opportunity to attend and present at the PIG national conference in London.
This year's entrants, drawn from the water and oil and gas industries, gave presentations on a wide variety of topics. This ranged from technical discussions on X80 steel to opportunities available to young engineers in the current climate.
Presenting the paper "Inspecting an Unpiggable Pipe-in-Pipe System – Integrity, Flow and Pipe Movement Monitoring with Discovery™", Jennifer Briddon, was awarded first place and claimed the prestigious accolade.
As well as briefly detailing how Computed Tomography (CT) works subsea and the benefits of this type of non-intrusive inspection for an operator, the presentation also discussed recent projects in the Gulf of Mexico, looking in particular at pipeline systems that are often considered "unpiggable". This included pipe-in-pipe and pipe-in-pipe-in-pipe systems and showed how Discovery™, Johnson Matthey's non-intrusive instrument for subsea pipeline inspection, can be used to provide both an accurate measure of the integrity (in particular the remaining wall thickness) of the pipe, and also a clear tomographic image of any deposition build up inside the pipe. This can all be achieved in a single scan and all without any impact on production and therefore deferment of revenue.
Jennifer had previously reached the final of the 2015 Carron Trophy, presenting the work she had done to develop a comprehensive testing regime for Discovery™ prior to its operational deployment.
Speaking after the competition, Jennifer said "I'm absolutely thrilled to have won the Carron Trophy for Johnson Matthey's Discovery™ instrument. To even be in the final was a great honour and so I am especially proud to have won, particularly given the strength of the field this year."
After winning the Carron Trophy, Jennifer also attended the North East and Yorkshire IGEM branches Young Person paper competition, finishing second out of the four entries.