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PTAG and PipeCom: Taking the uncertainty out of Pipeline Project Transitions 

Seamless Transition from Commissioning to Operation in Pipeline Construction 

In the dynamic world of pipeline construction, the critical transition phase from commissioning to operational deployment is often fraught with challenges. PTAG is pleased to announce a strategic collaboration with PipeCom, aiming to revolutionize this pivotal stage and guarantee an unbroken continuum from construction to full-scale operation. This partnership is a game-changer for the industry, embodying a synergy that enhances the transition process to new heights of efficiency and safety. 

Key Benefits of Our Collaboration 

Streamlined Commissioning 

Our combined expertise stands as a cornerstone of the collaboration, ensuring a smoother commissioning phase. PTAG and PipeCom are dedicated to overcoming the common obstacles that can impede project momentum. This strategic alliance sets the stage for successful project completion, aligning our robust project management advisory and construction management strategies with PipeCom’s technical prowess. 

Proactive Problem Solving 

Through the leveraging of extensive field experience, our teams are adept at early issue identification, which is pivotal for a seamless handover. This collaborative effort enhances operational safety and ensures that projects are not only executed according to plan but also uphold the highest standards of safety and efficiency. 

Optimized Project Outcomes 

Our support system is designed to position your projects for success, emphasizing not just timely completion, but also embedding the principles of efficiency and safety from the outset. PTAG and PipeCom are reshaping the way projects cross the finish line, ushering in a new era of operational readiness. 

Why This Matters

The transition from construction to operational deployment is a pivotal process in pipeline projects that extends beyond the physical infrastructure. It encompasses the integration of critical technology systems that often operate from remote or offsite locations. The successful commissioning of these systems—such as measurement systems, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), leak detection, and other pipeline applications—is vital for the operational integrity and efficiency of the entire pipeline system.

Traditionally, these technological aspects could be overlooked, or they may fall outside the scope of conventional construction and commissioning projects. This oversight can lead to operational delays, increased costs, and potential safety risks. PTAG and PipeCom’s collaboration is acutely focused on this aspect of project delivery, ensuring that there is a clear line of sight over all systems involved. Our joint endeavor assures that all technological components are meticulously commissioned, configured, and handed over, thereby fortifying the project’s foundation for immediate and reliable operation.

The ability to provide a holistic and integrated approach to commissioning not only streamlines the entire process but also enhances the reliability and safety of pipeline operations. This integration is pivotal to manage and mitigate the risks associated with the transition phase effectively, and it ensures that operational readiness is achieved with precision.

The partnership between PTAG and PipeCom underscores our commitment to not just meeting but exceeding the industry standards by embracing a comprehensive view of project completion. This approach minimizes potential risks to project timelines, budgets, and most importantly, safety protocols. Our joint initiative transforms this critical stage into a strategic advantage, setting new benchmarks for operational readiness and long-term success in the pipeline sector.

By bringing together PTAG’s comprehensive project management and project control capabilities with PipeCom’s engineering management capabilities, we are setting a new standard in the industry. This partnership underlines our commitment to delivering client-centric solutions that meet the unique needs and challenges faced by our clients. 

As we embark on this journey together, PTAG and PipeCom look forward to fostering progress and setting new benchmarks for excellence in the pipeline construction domain. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting partnership and how it continues to yield successful project outcomes. 


For more information about how our collaborative efforts can benefit your pipeline construction and operational deployment, please contact us. Together, let’s pave the way for seamless project transitions and optimized outcomes. 

Embrace the future of pipeline project management with PTAG and PipeCom—where excellence in transition ensures success in operation. 

International Women’s Day 2024 

This International Women’s Day, the United Nations has declared the theme: “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress”. 

Today, on International Women’s Day (8th March 2024), it is important to acknowledge the contributions, achievements, and resilience of women all around the world. This day serves as a reminder of how much progress we have made thanks to the efforts of women around us. 

All around the globe, women have played a pivotal role in driving innovation and contributing to the world’s economy. This is a reminder that equality is a crucial step in building a prosperous, healthier, and inclusive community. To achieve this, all of us must come together to build a future where everyone can reach their full potential. 

PTAG is doing its part by fostering a workplace where women contribute, feel appreciated and respected and are resourceful. PTAG is proud to have women from all walks of life working from entry level roles all the way to top executive leadership positions, leading us on the path of a progressive future.  These women are not selected based on gender; they are selected because they have what it takes to help PTAG continue to grow and serve its clients and partners. 

Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s continue to invest in women and pave the way for a progressive world as there is so much more work to be done to achieve equality for the generations after us. 

We are proud to have women in leadership roles across our organization, who inspire and guide our teams to achieve success.

Learn more!

Be sure to attend the event Inspiring Stories of Women in the Canadian Nuclear Industry and organized by Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries. 

Explore the Women in Canadian History: A Timeline showcasing the achievements of Canadian women in various fields such as politics, sciences, and the arts.

Watch now: USA Today’s Women of the Year explain why triumph over diversity is among the keys to their success.

PTAG Inc. Awarded Role as Collaborative Contracting Facilitator and Coach for NWMO’s Deep Geological Repository Project

TORONTO, Canada – February 26, 2024In a significant step forward for Canada’s plan to manage used nuclear fuel, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has entrusted PTAG Inc. with the pivotal role of Collaborative Contracting Facilitator and Coach for its ground-breaking deep geological repository project. This project underscores a national commitment to the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel, ensuring the protection of people and the environment for generations.

Recognizing the complexities inherent in Canada’s plan for used nuclear fuel, NWMO has adopted the Industrial Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model, a method pioneered by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) in 2016, which emphasizes collaborative planning and execution. PTAG, having contributed to the development of Industrial IPD alongside global industry partners and academic leaders, brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record to the project.


Industrial IPD stands at the forefront of collaborative contracting, offering a framework that significantly enhances project outcomes through improved quality management, cost savings, and schedule performance. PTAG’s leadership in the first project utilizing Industrial IPD — a hydroelectric refurbishment in Ontario, Canada — showcases the tangible benefits of this approach, even in the face of challenges such as the pandemic and supply chain disruptions.


With a rich history of project management success with waste management, nuclear energy, and large-scale mining projects, PTAG is poised to leverage its global experience in collaborative contracting to the benefit of Canada’s plan. “We are extremely proud to support NWMO in implementing Industrial IPD for the project.” says Michael Dubreuil, Managing Partner at PTAG. “This partnership not only highlights our commitment to innovation in project delivery but also reinforces our dedication to enhancing industry standards and outcomes.”

The engagement of PTAG in Canada’s plan for used nuclear fuel not only marks a milestone in Canada’s approach to managing its used nuclear fuel but also signals a broader industry shift towards more collaborative, efficient, and sustainable project delivery methods. PTAG’s role as facilitator, trainer, and coach, sets a new benchmark for excellence in the execution of large, complex industrial projects across Canada and beyond.  

“Energy Project Management Fundamentals” Course

In conjunction with Ontario Tech University’s TALENT, PTAG is pleased to deliver another edition of the “Energy Project Management Fundamentals” course.

The energy sector is rapidly evolving, and project delivery and efficient operations are vital to the future of energy development.

The course will run online for 6 weeks starting January 29, 2024. PTAG’s Mark Guy will be leading the course, supported by several of PTAG’s Subject Matter Experts.

OVERVIEW

This course is designed to provide a learning pathway for those seeking project manager roles in the Energy sector. An Energy Project Manager is there to set up strategies and goals for the projects that matter most to the operations of an energy producer or stakeholder. They strive to create the timeline for the work as part of large refurbishment or maintenance projects, make sure the projects are carried out within the allocated budget, and oversee the work of the members of the project team. Working in this position, it will be your responsibility to supervise the work of contractors, suppliers, and others important to your organization and Project Management Offices.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this 6-week course, you will address 12 distinct module (topic) areas, each delivered through a combination of online synchronous sessions, readings, and activities.

Module topics include:

  • Project integration and scope definition
  • Costing and Time estimation strategies
  • Quality and Human Resource management
  • Communication and Risk Management
  • Procurement and delivery methodologies

Throughout this 6-week course, your work will culminate with the development of an energy project plan and schedule which will be assessed by an expert Project Manager towards skills verification.

Upon successful completion of this micro credential, you will be awarded TALENT’s Digital Badge to enable you to effectively articulate this skill to employers.

For more information and to Register visit: Energy Project Management Fundamentals – TALENT (ontariotechtalent.ca)

International Women’s Day 2023

Today, on International Women’s Day (March 8), we celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions of women all around the world. It is a global day celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women.

The Government of Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023 is Every Woman Counts.

It’s a reminder that all women, from all ages and walks of life, have a place in every aspect of Canadian society, including in the economic, social and democratic spheres.

PTAG is committed to creating workplace cultures where women’s careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated. It is an honor for us to celebrate the contribution of women to our company and to the world at large. Our appreciation goes out to their resourcefulness, resilience, and ingenuity.

We are proud to have women in leadership roles across our organization, who inspire and guide our teams to achieve success.

We also want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. We will continue to work towards creating a more equitable and inclusive workplace, where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential.

Together, we can create a world where women can thrive, achieve their full potential, and contribute to a better future for all.

Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness about discrimination. Take action to drive gender parity.

Learn more!

Explore the Women of Impact in Canada gallery and the Women in Canadian History: A Timeline showcasing the achievements of Canadian women in various fields such as politics, sciences, and the arts.

“Energy Project Management Fundamentals” Course

In conjunction with Ontario Tech University’s TALENT, PTAG is pleased to deliver another edition of the “Energy Project Management Fundamentals” course.

The energy sector is rapidly evolving, and project delivery and efficient operations are vital to the future of energy development.

The course will run online for 6 weeks, led by PTAG’s Subject Matter Experts.

OVERVIEW

This course is designed to provide a learning pathway for those seeking project manager roles in the Energy sector. An Energy Project Manager is there to set up strategies and goals for the projects that matter most to the operations of an energy producer or stakeholder. They strive to create the timeline for the work as part of large refurbishment or maintenance projects, make sure the projects are carried out within the allocated budget, and oversee the work of the members of the project team. Working in this position, it will be your responsibility to supervise the work of contractors, suppliers, and others important to your organization and Project Management Offices.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this 6-week course, you will address 12 distinct module (topic) areas, each delivered through a combination of online synchronous sessions, readings, and activities.

Module topics include:

  • Common Energy PM processes
  • Related Project tools for industry
  • Project integration and scope definition
  • Costing and Time estimation strategies
  • Quality and Human Resource management
  • Communication and Risk Management
  • Procurement and delivery methodologies

Throughout this 6-week course, your work will culminate with the development of an energy project plan and schedule which will be assessed by an expert Project Manager towards skills verification.

Upon successful completion of this micro credential, you will be awarded TALENT’s Digital Badge to enable you to effectively articulate this skill to employers.

For more information and to Register visit: Energy Project Management Fundamentals – Ontario Tech Talent

Some of our Subject Matter Experts delivering this course:

Michael Dubreuil
Managing Partner, PTAG Inc.
Bruce Burwell
Partner, Capital Projects, PTAG Inc.

It’s a Good Day to Be Indigenous, by Amanda Kahgee

By Amanda Kahgee

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada is a day for many Canadians to learn about the country’s Indigenous Peoples; First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. It is an opportunity to learn about their histories and cultures.  However, for many of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, like myself, it is a reminder of our resilience to overcome the adversities of colonialism, oppression, and assimilation. It is a day for us to reclaim our identities through practicing our culture, ceremonies, experiences, and stories. It represents hope for our people’s future and the healing of our nations, and generations.