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Partnership coincides with the award given to the University by US Departament of Transportation
Companies will engage the academic community for developing novel solutions for the pipeline industry
December 9, 2014. Applus+, a global inspection, testing and certification company - through its subsidiary Applus RTD - has teamed up with its US-based company Kiefner to create an industry partnership with IOWA State University (ISU) to support its Center for Non Destructive Evaluation.
The partnership coincides with the announcement of a recent award given to the university by the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), as part of its new Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP).
CAAP was created to introduce MS and PhD students to common pipeline integrity challenges and demonstrate how their engineering or technical backgrounds might contribute to the field of pipeline safety.
“Safety is a top priority and we’re committed to investing in innovative technologies that will strengthen our nation’s pipeline system well into the future”, said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
As part of the agreement Applus RTD and Kiefner will provide a strong technical background with applied knowledge of the industry for students to call upon. This relationship will, in turn, allow students to see how their research is directly affecting the industry and aim to provide a better focus for research and development in the future.
Martin Fingerhut, President of Kiefner, said: “It is with great satisfaction that Kiefner with support from its pipeline industry clients, the talented engineering team that Kiefner employs, announce their relationship with ISU”.
“Through this relationship we can now realize a vision for engaging the academic community for developing novel solutions for the pipeline industry, and simultaneously enhance the opportunity for graduate and PhD students through participation in solving common pipeline industry problems, via PHMSA’s CAAP program.”
Applus+, a global company in testing, inspection and certification
Applus+ achieved a turnover of 1,581 million euros in 2013, employs 19,000 people and operates in more than 60 countries across 5 continents.
The company provides Asset Integrity Services, standard as well as tailor-made, to ensure the quality and profitability of the assets. Applus RTD provides local NDT&I services all over the world, with state-of-the-art techniques, and qualified employees.
Applus RTD is part of Applus+ Group since 2006, and has grown to one of the world’s largest NDT and Inspection providers, with over 4,500 employees in 35 offices worldwide.
Kiefner and Associates
Kiefner is part of Applus RTD since 2011, and continues to be a globally recognized authority in the energy world.