Contact and bio

email: craig.champlin@me.com
linkedin:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/craigchamplin

Since 2002 I have concerned myself with thinking strategically about pipeline failures.  I spent 8 years developing software for pipeline integrity management.  I quickly became dissatisfied with the lack of predictive power in integrity models.  Failures, it appears, are due to outliers.  The best models will penalize the general case while missing these extreme outliners.  Failures will occur no matter how conservative you make your integrity models or how conservatively you calculate your response times after an inspection.  I am convinced that the best way to minimize seemingly random pipeline failures is direct and continuous monitoring.

Instead of managing pipes as single homogeneous entities, they should be managed as dynamic systems with local characteristics.

I am currently a PhD student at the Colorado School of Mines.

For the past eight years Craig Champlin has developed software solutions for managing risk to structural integrity for gas and hazardous liquid transmission pipelines. As product manager for American Innovationsʼ (formerly Bass Trigon) suite of risk modeling software he addressed critical customer issues by providing flexible pipeline analytics, useful data visualization, and essential GIS tools to progressive companies like Southwest Gas, Dominion, and Pemex. Most recently he completed a requirements analysis which Spectra Energy will use to build a software tool for strategic project planning, budgeting, and tracking.

Before Oil and Gas, as a software solutions engineer for Cicero Inc (initial developers of MQ Series) he developed specifications for EAI initiatives at First Data Corp, Qwest Communications, and the State of New Mexico. A slight detour into the world of hardware found him managing a $2 M budget to oversee the deployment of a high-availability server farm to support NFL Shops.com. Five years managing the development of business-critical internet software included building an early web services application in WebSphere to extend American Softwareʼs suite of AS400-based ERP applications. By training Craig is a mechanical engineer (B.ME) from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) with minors in composite materials and polymers.

 

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