• Wednesday, December 8, 2021
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The ACA’s Oil and Gas Technical Group are excited to invite you to our final event of the year, a fantastic session on Failure Analysis of MIC featuring four guest speakers joining us from all around the world. Join our moderators Laura Machuca (Curtin Corrosion Centre) and Margarita Vargas (Summa Engineering) for a two-hour session including unique case studies, the latest research and a combined discussion forum driven by questions from you.


Two Hour Session
4:00 – 6:00 pm AEDT


Torben Lund Skovhus – Docent (VIA University College Denmark)
Introducing Failure Analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion – From biofilms to asset integrity management

Torben Lund Skovhus is Docent and Project Manager at VIA University College in the Centre of Applied Research and Development in Building, Energy and Environment, Denmark. He has a master’s and PhD from the Department of Microbiology, Aarhus University. In 2005, Torben was employed at Danish Technological Institute (DTI) where he was responsible for the consultancy activities for the oil and gas industry around the North Sea. Torben was heading DTI Microbiology Laboratory while he founded, then led the DTI Oil and Gas in both Denmark and Norway for five years. Torben is currently chair of NACE/AMPP TEG286X, NACE/AMPP SC-22 on Biodeterioration and ISMOS TSC, which he cofounded in 2006. He’s authored 80+ papers and book chapters on areas including industrial and oilfield microbiology, applied biotechnology, corrosion management, biocorrosion and water treatment and safety. Torben was honoured with the NACE Technical Achievement Award in 2020.


Andre de Araujo Abilio – Graduate Research Assistant Fellow (University of Alberta, Canada)
MIC Failure Investigations in Alberta’s Upstream Oil and Gas Pipeline Operations – Trends and Gaps

Andre has a BSc in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (Brazil) and a near completed MSc in Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (Canada). Andre is in an active member of the international association of corrosion engineers (now AMPP): he is the Edmonton Section Graduate Chair, has been nominated to multiple AMPP awards, is a member of AMPP standard committee 22 on biodeterioration, and has presented multiple times for AMPP. In 2014 Andre studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and worked with the failure investigation of rock bolts used in underground mines. With multiple publications on MIC susceptibility and failure investigation, and near completion of his master’s, Andre is looking to transition from academia into asset integrity and corrosion management related industry roles.


Bhavin Hasmukhbha Panchal – Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Team Lead (ALS Global)
Failure Analysis and Challenges of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in Oil & Gas Industries

Bhavin is an experienced Senior Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the metallurgical and materials engineering discipline. He is highly skilled in metallurgical, engineering and root cause failure analysis of metallic and non-metallic materials; material testing and characterisation mainly working with the major clients from Oil and Gas, Mining, Power, Refinery, Weld and Fabrication, Rail, Water, and Infrastructure Industries.


Silvia Juliana Salgar Chaparro – Research Associate (Curtin Corrosion Centre)
MIC Failure Analysis: Laboratory Investigation as a Way to Prove the Root Cause

Dr. Silvia J. Salgar Chaparro works as Research Associate at the Curtin Corrosion Centre (Curtin University, Australia). She is a biologist with over 15 years’ experience in Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC), molecular biology and microbial ecology. Silvia is particularly interested in describing the molecular diversity of the microorganisms commonly implied in MIC, as well as, in understanding the complex interactions of theses microorganisms with their habitat. On her research, she is implementing advanced technologies in molecular genetics for microbiological evaluation of systems with the aim to improve the way MIC is assessed in oil and gas production facilities.



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