Matt was invited to submit a 200-word synopsis for the competition on a topic relevant to pipeline industries for the chance to win prize money at the annual dinner. The Pipeline Industries Guild, formed in 1957, is the place where those of different engineering disciplines and applications meet to discuss and disseminate leading-edge technology.
Matt, being a geophysicist, chose what he knows best and gave a talk on geophysics and how it can be used as a tool to minimise the risks of unforeseen ground conditions. “The annual cost for pipeline maintenance and replacement is hundreds of millions for UK companies. In these circumstances, the use of geophysics in ground investigations, both for pre-construction planning and post-construction testing in pipelines, is highly valuable owing to its non-intrusive, time saving and cost cutting benefits,” said Matt.
The Presentation Competition was held on 3 September at Affinity Waters headquarters in Hatfield. Members of the branch committee acted as judges for the event. Marks were awarded for slides, performance, technical knowledge and ability to answer questions. Other presentations included novel methods of pipe cleaning and the influence on buried services of ground settlement from the Crossrail tunnels. “Hopefully my geophysics talk highlighted to the Guild the benefits geophysics can bring to a project,” Matt comments.