Passion, innovation and commitment hallmarks of award winners

With more than a hundred years of experience in pipelines among them, the winners of the individual awards in the 2021 APGA Annual Awards announced today demonstrate passion, innovation and commitment to the industry.

Former APGA President and long-serving APGA Director Mark Dayman earned the 2021 Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Pipeline Industry Award. Mark began his career in South Australia’s Cooper Basin in the 1970s and moved to engineering company, Fyfe, in 1984.

Fyfe’s Pipeline Engineering, which was spearheaded by Mark since it was founded in 1995, has provided work opportunities for nearly 1200 individuals over the years. It now provides 145 careers to staff specifically in the pipeline sector, with plenty of room for growth and knowledge development. After nearly 15 years as Fyfe’s Managing Director, Mark is now Executive Chairman of Fyfe Pty Ltd, a role in which he continues one of his most notable contributions: that of encouraging others in the industry to achieve success.

Mentoring and sharing information and lessons learned are also hallmarks of the winner of the 2021 Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award, John Lott.

Now Managing Director of Managing Director of Lott Field Services (LFS), John began his career in the gas industry in 1973 working for Colonial Gas in Victoria and he continues to be involved in many aspects of the industry. He has been involved in more than 43 pipeline projects In Australia as well as overseas in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. During his time in the field, John has developed a vast range of relationships, characterised by his enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and information. He believes learning and sharing is imperative to the continued success of the pipeline and gas industries and that its application has drastically reduced production downtime or repeat works.

Creative solutions have helped Pipe Tek General Manager Taddam Farrant be awarded the 2021 Young Achievement Award.

He has made several innovations in hydrotesting, a process used to test pipeline integrity before commissioning. He was the first in Australia to introduce satellite data retrieval for areas where there are no mobile networks, thus reducing the need for driving at night thereby increasing workplace safety.

Taddam also designed and manufactured a complete mobile hydrotesting/ laboratory unit, combining all testing instrumentation, tools and consumables leaving a smaller ecological footprint. Another unit just completed is a combined pneumatic and hydrostatic testing unit, being the first in Australia. Both testing units can issue reports on pipelines within two hours of completion and before they leave site.

Taddam has also been active in supporting the Young Pipeliners Forum through attending and speaking at YPF events.

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