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2014 CSR | Safety

Ensuring Our Assets are Safe and Reliable Research and Development

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The pipelines, oil and gas facilities and power plants owned and operated by TransCanada are considered to be among some of the most technologically advanced in the industry. Our track record of implementing innovative solutions to meet customer needs spans over 60 years, and we continue to conduct significant research and development (R&D).

Today, we have one of the industry’s largest R&D programs, investing over $38 million in R&D projects across North America in 2014. To complement our extensive internal R&D program, we also conduct research in partnership with industry associations and peers, academia, government and non-government organizations in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. This enables us to pool resources and share results to improve standards across the industry.

At TransCanada, we ensure that every R&D dollar we spend aligns with our corporate values. Our R&D initiatives exemplify TransCanada’s un-wavering commitment to improving industrywide standards and ensuring our growing portfolio of energy infrastructure assets meets the needs of people who rely on us to deliver their energy safely and reliably today and well into the future.

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Case Study: Research and Development - In Action
TransCanada worker inspecting a pipeline weld

The partnership at the University of Waterloo exemplifies one example of TransCanada’s extensive R&D program that supports research taking place across North America at major post-secondary institutions."

Professor Adrian Gerlich was named by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as the TransCanada Industrial Research Chair in Welding for Energy Infrastructure at the University of Waterloo in 2014. Finding thought leaders such as Gerlich to head up research projects — like the one he’s undertaking with NSERC and TransCanada in his new role — is critical to achieving state-of-the-art innovation. His enthusiasm for studying the microstructural behaviour of weld material has the potential to help shape the future for the pipeline industry in terms of advancing safety, integrity and quality.

“Something the public might not be aware of is that this is the most focused research effort on pipeline welding nearly anywhere in the world,” Professor Gerlich adds. “I’m familiar with almost all the other major welding institutes around the world and virtually none of the other universities can claim to have even more than a couple students dedicated to welding of pipeline materials. But we’re going to have five or six at one time, which is a significantly bigger effort than most other places.” The partnership at the University of Waterloo exemplifies one example of TransCanada’s extensive R&D program that supports research taking place across North America at major post-secondary institutions.


TransCanada worker inspecting a pipeline weld

Professor Adrian Gerlich was named by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as the TransCanada Industrial Research Chair in Welding for Energy Infrastructure at the University of Waterloo in 2014. Finding thought leaders such as Gerlich to head up research projects — like the one he’s undertaking with NSERC and TransCanada in his new role — is critical to achieving state-of-the-art innovation. His enthusiasm for studying the microstructural behaviour of weld material has the potential to help shape the future for the pipeline industry in terms of advancing safety, integrity and quality.

The partnership at the University of Waterloo exemplifies one example of TransCanada’s extensive R&D program that supports research taking place across North America at major post-secondary institutions."

“Something the public might not be aware of is that this is the most focused research effort on pipeline welding nearly anywhere in the world,” Professor Gerlich adds. “I’m familiar with almost all the other major welding institutes around the world and virtually none of the other universities can claim to have even more than a couple students dedicated to welding of pipeline materials. But we’re going to have five or six at one time, which is a significantly bigger effort than most other places.” The partnership at the University of Waterloo exemplifies one example of TransCanada’s extensive R&D program that supports research taking place across North America at major post-secondary institutions.