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Watch Mike LaMont’s keynote presentation from Integrity 2021

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The most complex element of our industry, or any industry, is rarely discussed. In pipeline integrity, we spend countless hours talking about corrosion, the latest inline inspection technologies, anomaly interaction, and risk modelling. These issues are of vital importance to our business. However, we rarely analyse the foundational piece of our community, people.

Watch Mike LaMont’s keynote presentation from Integrity 2021

Mike LaMont, Director, Pipeline Integrity Services, TRC Companies, USA, presented a keynote at Integrity 2021 (World Pipelines’ virtual conference and exhibition, 28 & 29 April 2021). Mike’s presentation, entitled: ‘Uncomfortable yet?’ offered an interesting and enlightening perspective on the psychology of pipeline integrity management. Please see below for a short introduction to the topic and a link to view the presentation in full.

“Human beings are intricate and inherently flawed organisms, and even more complex at the organisational level. Our instinct is to seek what is easy and what comforts us most. Given that our companies are comprised of human beings, it’s fair to say that the typical organisation is exponentially complex.

“Today the pipeline community is challenged with the most difficult time we’ve ever faced. Public perception around the world is largely against us. Now, we could take the typical tribal approach of defending ourselves, however, after careful reflection, I decided that I wanted to do something different. Earlier I mentioned public perception. Like it or not the public largely perceives that we have violated the social contract we have with our communities and the environment. Because of this, it’s more important than ever that we manage the integrity of our pipelines. In simple terms, we must be better. To this end, I call us to action. As a first step, we must have those difficult and uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and within our organisations.”


If you’re interested in working towards the optimum, safe operation of oil and gas pipelines, please sign up for our next virtual conference and exhibition, OpTech 2021, which will take place on 20 October 2021.

OpTech will focus on operational technology, servicing and maintenance for oil and gas pipelines.

Presentation topics for this online event will include:

  • Pipeline monitoring and data management.
  • Pipeline control rooms.
  • Servicing operations.
  • Scheduling and planning for maintenance.
  • Repair and rehabilitation works.
  • Pipeline safety and security.
  • Protecting the environment.
  • Digital transformation.


Read the latest issue of World Pipelines magazine for pipeline news, project stories, industry insight and technical articles.

World Pipelines’ May 2021 issue

The May issue of World Pipelines includes a regional report on Canada’s oil and gas sector, as well as technical articles on integrity management software, leak detection, NDT, and project case studies. Don’t miss our feature on young pipeliners, in which World Pipelines’ Senior Editor Elizabeth Corner interviews the winners of the John Tiratsoo Award for Young Achievement, awarded by Young Pipeliners International, in partnership with PPIM.

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