Vic Committee

Committee Members

Fru Parsons, CNC Project Management (Chair)
Don Macisaac, APA Group
Daneil Lau, APA Group
Nicole Sciberras, System Control Engineering
Richard Ciaravolo, Esso

If you want to join the Victorian YPF and receive information on events, please contact Vic YPF state representative Fru Parsons

The Victorian Young Pipeliners Forum (YPF) has more than 100 members from a range of professions in the pipeline industry. The Victorian YPF aims to equip its members with information on industry projects, access to experienced industry professionals, opportunities to visit sites and it facilitates YPF members meeting other YPF members. Networking provides people to share experiences, gain knowledge and have some fun. The pipeline industry is unique and the YPF aims to assist in the development of the industry’s younger members.

The Victorian YPF organises several functions annually. These functions include:
* Speaker nights – a chance to meet with other YPF members and listen to a presentation on an industry related topic over some beer.
* Mentor events – a chance to meet experienced pipeliners in a ‘speed mentoring’ fashion, contact details can be exchanged and a relationship is established so that YPF members can talk to experienced pipeliners at other APGA functions.
* Site visits – an opportunity to get out to site and see some action, last year’s site visit was to see the construction of the Sugarloaf Pipeline.
* Networking events – an informal gathering after work for YPF members to catch up and chat.

Upcoming Events

Vic YPF Winery tour: Shedfest Yarra Valley – Smaller Wineries Festival – Saturday 13 OctYPF Vic Winery Tourober

Date: Saturday 13 October 2018
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: Free (includes transport, tastings, lunch and a souvenir Shedfest wine glass)

9.00am – Bus pick-up from National Gallery of Victoria, South-bank.
Wine tastings at Shedfest participating wineries: Soumah Wines and
Warramunda Estate
Delicious three-course lunch at Tokar Estate Winery
Afternoon refreshments at Coldstream Brewery
5.00pm—Bus drop-off at National Gallery of Victoria, Southbank.

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Note: Numbers strictly limited to 19 participants

Thank you to Rosen, Shannon Group, TFA Project Group, Tremco Pipeline Equipment and Ulbrec for supporting the event.

2018 events

YPF and ACA Technical and Social Evening: Pipelines & Corrosion – Thursday 14 June

APGA’s Victorian committee of the Young Pipeliner’s Forum and the Australasian Corrosion Association came together to host a joint event on Thursday 14 June in Melbourne.

“The aim of this event was to provide people with mutual interests from these two specialist industries the opportunity to come together and get to know each other.”

Attendees heard from two expert speakers, Alan Bryson, CP Engineer, Asset Engineering from APA Group and Jason Paterson, Group General Manager from Corrosion Control Engineering who shared their knowledge on where pipelines and corrosion cross over.

Thank you to Corrosion Control Engineering, CNC Project Management and GPA Engineering for supporting the event.

Vic YPF Site Visit to AJ Stack Solutions Training Facility – Thursday 12 April
Thank you to AJ Stack Solutions for supporting the event.

Vic YPF Lawn Bowls Networking Event – Friday 16 March 2018
Thank you to Peter Norman Personnel for supporting the event.

2017 Events

Vic YPF Lawn Bowls Networking Event – Friday 16 March 2018
Thank you to Peter Norman Personnel for supporting the event.

Vic YPF Annual Speaker night – 5 October 2017
“The future of the pipelines industry and utilities”

Thank you to Denso for supporting the event.

Vic YPF Site tour – Dandenong LNG Facility – 16 August 2017
Members of the Vic YPF enjoyed a tour of APA Group’s LNG facility at Dandenong.
Thank you to APA Group and Peter Norman Personnel for supporting the event.

Victoria YPF Winery Tour: Red Hill Mornington Peninsula – 21 January
The Victorian YPF group travelled to the Red Hill winery region on the Mornington Peninsula for a day of networking and discussion. The event, sponsored by APA Group, CNC Project Management and Zinfra, and included a visit to a gin distillery, brewery and ended with lunch at a winery in Red Hill. The event was well attended with a full bus and perfect weather, seeing a day of fruitful discussions around pipelines, gas networks and the 2017 year ahead. Organised by the YPF Victorian Committee’s newest member Jane Espie, this event was a major success to kick off the 2017 YPF events calendar.

2016 Events

Victoria YPF Lawn Bowls – 7 December
The Victorian chaptvic-lawn-bowls-2016-2er of the Young Pipeliners gathered for some lawn bowls and sun on 7 December in Richmond. The event was sponsored and supported by Peter Norman Personnel and saw the Pipeliners team up to battle against each other in some competitive lawn bowl action. Attendees included personnel from PNP, APA, Multinet, Zinfra and Great Southern Press and closed out a successful Young Pipeliners year for 2016.vic-lawn-bowls-2016


Meet the Board – 23 June 2016
Members of the Victorian chapter of the Young Pipeliners Forum made the most of the experience when a number of APGA’s Board members attended informal drinks before the Melbourne Dinner in June.
Around 20 young pipeliners and six Board members attended the event at the Cliveden Room in the Pullman on the Park in Melbourne.
The event gave the young pipeliners a great opportunity to take advantage of the experience and knowledge of the Board members, as well as the chance to do some valuable networking.
The Victorian YPF Committee would like to extend its thanks to the Board members who attended this popular event and mixed with the younger members of the industry and thank you to Jemena for sponsoring the event.

Annual YPF Victorian Speaker Night – 28 April 2016
The Victorian Young Pipeliners Forum met on Thursday night 28 April at one of Melbourne’s hidden laneway bars, “The Highlander”, to listen to three industry presenters – Sally Commins, CNC Project Manager, Valerie Linton, Energy Pipelines CRC and Chris Hammon, Applus RTD speak on three very different but interesting topics. The event was sponsored by CNC Project Management and Denso. The discussions ranged from technology advances in non-destructive testing, media and public relations within the gas industry and the current research platforms in the pipeline industry where there are more than 60 research projects underway. There were many questions from the 30 young pipeliners and there were also a few veteran pipeliners keen to participate, including Ted Metcalfe and Peter Norman. Ted and Peter added to the vibrant discussions after each speaker presentation. The Young Pipeliners Forum in Victoria would like to express its gratitude to all three speakers along with CNC Project Management and Denso for their support.

2015 Events

Speaker Night, 22 July 2015
On the 22nd of July 2015 the Young Pipeliners Forum held a speaker night at the Highlander Bar in Melbourne’s CBD. The event was attended by over 35 Young Pipeline Professionals and sponsored by CNC Project Management. Speaking on the night were two highly recognised industry professionals; Peter Norman, Owner of Peter Norman Personnel, and David Maloney Managing Director of CNC Project Management and board member on the APGA. Peter took the pipeliners through his experiences throughout the construction of the Brooklyn pipelines and the identifiable differences in both health and safety and environmental requirements compared to current standards. David followed on from Peter with an in-depth look into both the history of the pipeline construction industry and the challenges and rewards seen through entrepreneurship.

2014 Events

YPF Winery tour

On Saturday 6 December 2014, the Victorian YPF headed north of the city on their annual winery tour, this time to the Macedon Ranges. Melbourne weather lived up to its reputation providing four seasons in one day, but did not detract from the spectacular scenery and views from the ranges. Twenty YPF participants went to two wineries, Gisbourne Peak and Paramoor and to the Holgate Brewery in Woodend where some well needed lunch was provided.

The YPFers learned how to taste the wine using four senses (sight, smell, taste and memory) and were educated in the ‘front of the tongue and chew’ approach to tasting. A special mention goes to Sylvia Low of Viva Energy and YPF committee member for winning the blind tasting at Paramoor.

The Vic YPF would like to thank the sponsors CNC Project Management and Denso for making the day possible and the success it was.


Last updated on 29 Aug 2018 by cjogilvie

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