Advanced analysis broadens IMV Projects' service offering

Expertise in structural engineering specialization results from collaboration 
with Memorial University 
CALGARY, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - IMV Projects, a Wood Group company, 
today announced that it has integrated advanced analysis into its total 
service offering. The development of expertise in this area results from 
research funded by Wood Group, conducted at Memorial University in 
Newfoundland, Canada and brought to market by Wood Group companies. 
Advanced analysis is a specialization within structural engineering. As an 
example of an application in the oil and gas sector, advanced analysis employs 
sophisticated models, known as 'finite element modeling', to assess the 
capacity and integrity limitations of pipelines. This type of research is 
critical to better understanding the dynamics of pipeline interaction with 
various environments and climates. For example, with soil in Arctic regions 
and in response to specific circumstances, such as landslides. 
IMV Projects and the Wood Group Kenny businesses are supporting Canadian and 
international clients by offering design capabilities from complex flow 
assurance to unprecedented solutions for Arctic environments. Pipeline 
integrity assurance is essential to this work as failure prevention is a 
critical environmental consideration. 
In 2009, Wood Group inaugurated the 'Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Harsh 
Environments Engineering' at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. 
Through this position, chaired by Dr. Shawn Kenny, extensive research has been 
conducted on pipeline analysis, design and constructionin northern regions 
and harsh environments. This research has contributed to the evolution and 
transformation of advanced analysis - from theory into tangible commercial 
applications that directly benefit clients of Wood Group companies and further 
advance the limitations of pipeline design, construction and operation across 
the entire industry. 
"Fundamentally, advanced analysis saves time and money by helping define 
design criteria for projects in challenging regions," says Ali Fatemi, 
pipeline engineer, IMV Projects. "Specifically, it may be used to design 
pipelines for harsh environments where there is little or no precedent. 
Advanced analysis remains quite revolutionary in our sector and Wood Group 
companies are definitely ahead of the curve. As it slowly evolves into an 
industry standard, one of the main barriers to entry is the scarcity of 
qualified engineers in the field. This is why the Wood Group Chair has been so 
successful. Students at Memorial are advancing their research while developing 
solutions that the industry demands. And, upon graduation, these students have 
tremendous professional opportunities. It is a winning scenario for Memorial, 
its graduates and the industry," explains Mr. Fatemi. 
"Advanced analysis is among the most important innovations in pipeline design 
today," explains Kevin O'Brien, president, IMV Projects. "We are very proud to 
integrate these high tech solutions into our work and offer industry-leading 
services to our clients. Differentiating ourselves through innovation is 
essential in this competitive marketplace. And, thanks to our position within 
Wood Group, we have been uniquely able to leverage an exceptional academic 
research/commercial development partnership with Memorial University and 
deliver services that tangibly benefit our clients," concludes Mr. O'Brien. 
Notes to editors 
IMV Projects is a project execution company for the energy industry that 
delivers project management, engineering, procurement and construction 
management services with efficiency and integrity. Founded in 1999, IMV 
Projects is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 
Wood Group (John Wood Group PLC) is an international energy services company 
with $6B sales, employing more than 41,000 people worldwide and operating in 
50 countries. The Group has three businesses - Engineering, Wood Group PSN and 
Wood Group GTS - providing a range of engineering, production support, 
maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services 
to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide. 
Mark Lowe, PRagmatic Communications For IMV Projects Tel: + 1 (514) 499-9632 Mobile: + 1 (514) 576-2519 
Bobbie Ireland, Director, Corporate Communications - Americas Wood Group Tel: 
+1 (281) 828-3505 Mobile: +1 (713) 
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