Dr. Phil Hopkins is a consulting engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in pipeline engineering. Phil formed his consultancy company in 2015, after being Technical Director with Penspen Ltd in the UK, and previously Managing Director of Andrew Palmer and Associates, in the UK. He has worked with most of the major oil and gas companies and pipeline companies around the world, providing consultancy on management, business, design, maintenance, inspection, risk analysis and safety, and failure investigations. He is the past-chairman of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division, and is a Fellow of ASME. More than 15,000 engineers and technical personnel around the world have attended his courses. He also teaches extensively (as a Visiting Professor) on masters’ programmes at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities in the UK.