Qld Committee

Committee Members

Hendrik Visagie, EIM (Chair)
Chris Connor, APA Group (Vice Chair)
Nathan Belgrove, Wood
Clinton Glanville, Wood

If you would like to be part of the Qld YPF and receive information on upcoming events, please contact the Qld YPF state representative Hendrik Visagie

Upcoming events

Qld YPF and SPE YP Joint Educational and Networking Event – 24 May

Where: Hotel Jen, 159 Roma St, Brisbane CBD Roma Room (Ground Floor)
When: From 5.30pm
Cost: SPE & YPF members: $10   Students: $5  Non-members: $15
RSVP: By Tuesday 22 May
Register here

In collaboration with the Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professionals (SPE YP), the QLD YPF invites you to an educational and networking event proudly supported by Jemena and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Over the past year, the east coast gas industry has been under increased scrutiny from government and regulators due a forecasted shortfall of domestic gas. We invite you to learn more about the east coast domestic gas market as the night’s speakers examine the key physical assets in Queensland, and commercial levers that industry can use to ensure the domestic market remains well supplied.

Following the presentations, attendees will have the chance to network with our counterparts in the gas industry with drinks and canapés to be provided.

2018 events

Qld YPF 2018 Launch and Networking Event – Friday 9 February

The Queensland chapter of the Young Pipeliners Forum (YPF) got the year off to a great start with a launch event focused on young people in the industry.TAP_April_2018_YPF_QLD (2)
Held at Aether Brewing in Milton on 9 February, around 45 of Queensland’s young pipeliners were in attendance.
APA Group’s Cameron Gibb and Callum McLaughlan spoke of their experience with APA’s graduate program.
The two also touched on their experiences over the last few years as young pipeliners in the industry.
The Queensland YPF wishes to thank APA Group for their support as well as the speakers for taking time to present on the night

2017 Events

Qld YPF Christmas Networking Event – Friday 15 December
Thank you to CNC Project Management and Denso for supporting the event.

QLD YPF Speaker Night – 2 November 2017
Australia’s current energy crisis and what that means for the pipeline industry.
Speaker: Steve Davies, CEO, APGA

Australia’s energy crisis was the hot topic for Qld YPF’s speaker night held at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Brisbane.
Qld YPF speaker night 2 nov 2017

APGA’s  CEO, Steve Davies, kept his audience engaged by giving his view on the recent pressure on the gas industry in the midst of Australia’s current energy crisis and what that means for the pipeline industry.

Following the presentation, a small group workshop was held in which members became involved in suggesting possible solutions for the future of the industry.

Special thanks to Steve for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak with the YPF and EIM for their valued support of the event.

QLD YPF Strike Bowling – 7 July
On Friday 7 July the Queensland YPF gathered in force to compete in their annual mid-year event, strike bowling. In classic fashion each attendee was welcomed to the event with a beverage of their choice, and the opportunity to select their persona for the evening. The result was an eclectic Strike Bowling, Kareokemix of heroes, villains, Game of Thrones characters, the crew from Sesame Street, and both sides of Star Wars, all coming together for a single cause: to show their bowling might. In what could be said to be a very fitting result considering the current global box office takings, Wonder Woman took out the competition with the highest bowling score, although it was apparent that everyone walked away a winner at the end of the night.

Special thanks must go to MPC Group  which provided the support for the event and  generously kicked off the entertainment. MPC’s very own Mr Glenn Pfluger provided a spectacular karaoke rendition of the Beatle’s Hey Jude, which had the entire YPF singing in unison. With more than 50 attendees from all corners of the industry, once again the mid-year event epitomised the personality of the Queensland YPF, and showed a positive sign for the future of the industry.

Networking Event – Geotagging Adventure Race through Fortitude Valley – 19 May 2017

Qld Geotagging, 19 May 2017_2Rain did not deter Queensland’s YPF annual geotagging event on Friday 19 May and although the race was cancelled, the last minute trivia night was a huge success, with a lot of laughs and good contributions from all involved. There were also some newer members who attended the night, which is always great to see.

Thank you to Mipela GeoSolutions for supporting the event.

Energy Pipelines CRC
Background, Achievements and Preparing for the Future – 5 April 2017
Twenty-five young pipeliners joined the Queensland YPF and Energy Pipelines CRC CEO David Norman to turn the YPF paradigm on its head on 5 April.

David listened intenEPCRC_1tly as young pipeliners outlined their thoughts on where the future challenges for the Australian pipeline industry could be addressed through cooperative research.

The second Queensland YPF networking and educational event for 2017 allowed David to detail his experiences in the industry as well as the multitude of highly valuable projects being undertaken by the Energy Pipelines CRC. He also explained the mammoth task ahead of the Energy Pipelines CRC team to facilitate a new CRC bid aimed at addressing future challenges for the Australian pipeline industry- but success is not a certainty in the highly competitive environment of CRC funding.

This reality was the perfect context for a group brainstorming session.  Across successive five-minute blocks, groups of four to five young pipeliners each discussed a research idea of their own, dove deeper into a single idea per group, then prepared to present their best ideas directly to David, turning the tables on the flow of information.

The five top ideas raised by young pipeliners were (in no particular order):

  • Using existing infield commEPCRC_2unication technology to improve how we do manual tasks, i.e. midline CP readings.
  • Increased operational transparency enabling better integration with Australia’s electricity market.
  • Use of gas expansion turbine in place of regulators and control valves.
  • Freedom of integrity information database distributing lessons learned across the industry.
  • Reassessment of the AS 2885 no rupture ratings ensuring these are fit for purpose.

Many of these ideas and others that came up in conversation across the evening were fresh ideas for the Energy Pipelines CRC. David Norman promised the group that all ideas raised would be considered in both the current and future iterations of the Energy Pipelines CRC, and opened the invitation for any young pipeliner to forward new research ideas to Communications Officer Matthew Byers, care of

The YPF was originally created partly to encourage knowledge transfer from experienced pipeline professionals to younger professionals in the industry. Over time, it has become apparent that young pipeliners can contribute creativity and vision to the industry to help it develop a stronger, more resilient future.

Jordan McCollum, Origin Energy

Care of Aging Pipelines and Operations in T1& T2 areas – 17 February 2017

Qld YPF Care of aging pipelinesYPF Qld hosted an educational evening on the Care of Aging Pipelines on 17 February at the Fox Hotel in Brisbane.
Around 30 attendees enjoyed networking and heard from Qld Engineering Service Manager Francis Carroll and Senior Pipeline Engineer Elizabeth Wheeler from APA Group about their experiences working on aging pipelines and how APA Group conducts care of aging pipelines from a high level perspective.

QLD YPF Vice-Chair Nathan Belgrove welcomed everybody to the new year and emphasised QLD YPF’s intent to hold a number of events this year.

Thank you to APA Group for supporting the event.

2016 Events

YPF Qld – 2 December 2016, Annual Christmas Networking Event
YPF Qld finished off the year with Christmas Drinks on 2 December after the Brisbane Christmas Lunch. Over 60 members attended and enjoyed networking with other pipeliners in the industry over a few drinks. Thanks to CNC Project Management and Denso for sponsoring the event.

Queensland YPF tours APA’s IOC – 17 November 2016
About 20 YPF members from Queensland took the opportunity to have a guided tour of APA Group’s Integrated Operations Centre in Springhill, Brisbane, on 16 November.

ypf-qld-apa-ioc-tourThe IOC, which incorporates a control room, commercial operations and engineering support, was
opened earlier this year.

Presentations from IOC Manager Delivery Jamie Gabb and Manager Customer Service Tim McCollum were followed by lively Q&As and then a tour. A highlight was seeing how the IOC enables APA to control all the transmission pipeline assets across its three networks, and how that control allows operators to meet commercial delivery requirements by managing gas flows across the networks according to operational circumstances.

The tour finished up with pizza and drinks on the balcony. Thanks to our sponsors APA Group.

YPF Qld – 14 October 2016, Networking and Lawn Bowls
YPF Qld held a Networking and Lawn Bowls night on 14 October 2016 at the Boo in Newstead. More than 30 YPF members attended the event and enjoyed catching up and playing despite it being a chilly evening. Thank you to Canusa-CPS for sponsoring the event.

YPF Qld – 15 June 2016, Speaker Night
Thank you to Murphy Pipe and Civil Group for supporting the event.

YPF Qld – 29 April 2016, Geotagging Adventure Race

The geotagging adventure race through Fortitude Valley was held on Friday 29 April 2016. YPFers used geotagging devices to follow clues to a final destination where drinks and canapes were served. Sponsored by Mipela GeoSolutions.

YPF Qld –  8 March 2016, Networking with the Experts
Past, Present, Future with special guests from the ME38 Committee

The ME-038 Standards Committee, which is responsible for AS 2885: Pipelines – Gas and Liquid Petroleum, held its regular meeting in Brisbane.  This provided an opportunity for the Queensland YPF, with sponsorship by Origin Energy, to arrange for a networking and educational event with some of the most influential names in the pipeline industry.

Twenty-four young pipeliners had an opportunity to meet the 12 very experienced ME-038 committee members at The Gresham in Brisbane’s CBD. Committee chair Susan Jaques provided an overview of the ME-038 Standards Committee and Peter Tuft provided an overview and update on AS 2885 sections zero, one and six. Then Andrew Pearce provided an entertaining description of the offshore pipeline industry; Michael Malavazos provided the regulator’s point of view; Craig Bonar challenged the crowd to think about the big challenges within the pipeline industry; and Ed Gaykema detailed the impact of AS 2885 on a pipeline operations business as well as the pending update to part three. Qld YPF ME-038 committee member, Liam Hatchell, provided excellent coordination, chairing the discussions.

The event was described as one of the Queensland YPF’s most successful educational events; the resounding message through the event being the fact that AS 2885 is developed by pipeliners, for pipeliners. It was also clear that the ME-038 committee members strongly encourage the active engagement of young pipeliners within the Standards committees and welcome their contribution to the Australian pipeline industry.

YPF Qld – Networking Event, 26 February 2016
New project lifecycles: from cradle to grave with guest speakers Warwick Tidswell and Kerryanne Mallitt

An educational sesNetworking 26.2 (6)Smlsion presented and sponsored by APA Group, saw 50 young pipeliners shown the inner workings of major gas transmission pipeline projects. The title of the presentation by Warwick Tidswell and Kerryanne Mallitt was “Asset Creation – From Cradle to Grave” and the presenters provided their insights to the successful management of a project from concept to operation.  It was a light-hearted, but informative presentation which provoked interesting questions and ongoing conversation well after official proceedings had wrapped up. It was a tremendous opportunity for young people in the industry to learn about gas transmission projects.

2015 Events

Youth meets Experience at Qld YPF Christmas Function
There was an impressive turnout at the annual 2015 Qld YPF Christmas Function. Held at the Embassy Hotel in Brisbane following the APGA Christmas function, the event hosted a mix of YPF members and APGA members. Over 60 attendees celebrated the end of a big year in the Pipeline industry. Thanks to Denso and CNC Project Management for their generous sponsorship of the event.

YPF Qld group shot

Queensland YPF Strikes it Lucky
The annual Qld YPF Strike Bowling Event was once again a great success for 2015.

Thirty-five young (and a few not-so-young) attendees kicked off the evening by participating in a bowling initiation ceremony that had the health and safety conscious amongt us raising a sweat. All YPF bowlers lined up in front of each lane, legs apart, with the chosen bowler from each team required to bowl between the legs of their fellow bowlers for the right to bowl first.

With a lot more on the line than simply winning, there were a number of nervous young pipeliners that shut their eyes and hoped for the best, but fortunately there were no injuries during initiation and a surprising number of good bowls across the lanes!

Following bowling, the young pipeliners were split into two groups, with half participating in Laser Tag while the other half tested their vocal capacity through karaoke. After hearing some of the singing, it was clear we weren’t listening to the next winner of The Voice, but a mighty effort was put in by all.

Special thanks go to Origin energy for sponsoring another popular YPF event.


Author: Paul Buckwell – Brand and Sponsorship Manager – Orrcon Steel

Queensland Young Pipeliners Forum – 13 March 2015
Fifty Queensland Young Pipeliners Forum members attended the first networking function of 2015 at The Fox Hotel on 13 March 2015. It was a great turn out to what is typically one of the quieter events of the year, with new and familiar faces catching up for the first time since the ever-successful End of Year Event in December.

The networking event, kindly sponsored by APA Group, also featured a presentation from APA Group entitled: Unlocking the Grid. APA Group’s General Manager Strategy and Service Delivery Rod Johannessen, Manager Major Projects Peter Kelly and Project Engineer Liz Voss gave an overview of the commercial, project and operations engineering highlights and challenges involved with managing and expanding APA Group’s east coast gas pipeline and storage infrastructure asset system so that it can be used as a single gas transmission pipeline network.

Presenters at Qld YPF event

APA Group’s Peter Kelly, Rod Johannessen and Liz Voss

Rod, Peter and Liz also spoke about the expansion of the compression facility at the Wallumbilla Gas Hub in Central Western Queensland, the recent acquisition of the QCLNG Pipeline, and the potential Northern Territory pipeline link.

The presentation was very well received by the YPF audience and marked a great start to 2015 for the Queensland YPF. Thanks again to Rod, Liz, Peter and Gabrielle Cooper from APA Group for an enjoyable and informative presentation.

Queensland YPF Committee would also like to thank Clayton Warner, one of the original Qld YPF Committee members who has recently hung up his hat as YPF committee member after more than eight years of service. Well done Clayton, you have been a valuable and enthusiastic member of the committee, and have been a major part of making the Young Pipeliners Forum what it is today.

2014 Events

Qld Mid-year Strike Bowling – 13 July 2014
Another great turn-out for the annual Qld YPF Strike Bowling networking event held on Friday 13th June. Superstitious for some, it was an evening where everyone’s favourite personas were back with the addition of the flavour of the month with some World Cup superstars. There was some fierce competition, but in the end, Gabrielle “The Hulk” Cooper came out on top with an impressive score to take the honours.

Once the bowling concluded and the voice boxes were lubricated, it was time to kick start the karaoke where Gabrielle was awarded her prize for winning the bowling, singing the first song of the evening. Everyone got involved with plenty of singing, dancing and networking and a good time was had by all.

Due to popular demand, a game of laser tag was added to the agenda this year and added another dimension to the evening.

The event was a great success and especially good to see a few fresh faces who are new to the pipeline industry getting involved and broadening their contacts within the industry. These events are not possible without the support of our sponsors so a big thanks to Origin Energy and Enerflex for sponsoring the networking event, much appreciated. It was also great to have Juan Carlos Marin from Enerflex join us for the evening.

In additional news, there has been a changing of the guard with Jordan McCollum from Origin Energy succeeding Liam Hatchell as the Qld YPF Chair. Thanks to Liam for leading the team for the past 2.5 years and continuing the growth of the Qld YPF.

Clayton Warner, Fyfe.

Last updated on 22 May 2018 by cjogilvie