This series explores the importance of inspection by discussing real life experiences. Host, Jon Pullum, sits down with pipeline industry veteran, Ritch Rappel, who shares some of the lessons he has learned from his time in the field.

Host, Jonathan Pullum, has over 6 years experience as a researcher, analyst, and consultant in both the public and private sectors. As a congressional aide in the U.S. Senate, Jonathan assessed the impact of key economic and employment data and trends, as well as vetted Presidential appointees. At the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory in Idaho, he was part of a project to develop an earthquake frequency database to assess seismic hazards in southeast of the state. He has also worked closely with industry geologists conducting research related to sedimentary basins in Northern Saskatchewan and Alberta. He has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Wyoming, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Geology at the University of Manitoba. In his spare time, Jonathan is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to spend time with his wife and young son.

Meet Ritch Rappel, a Construction Management Specialist with over 40 years of experience in the industry. During his career he has worked as a construction manager on large oil sands projects and been involved in the construction and planning of the Norman Wells Pipeline, Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Project, and the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Project. Ritch has been responsible for improvements in mechanized welding and automated ultrasonic testing when these technologies moved from offshore to onshore use. He has a MBA from Cape Breton University in Community Economic Development, a Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Bachelors Degree, as well a Diploma in Welding Engineering Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Ritch is currently active with The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Foundation as well as with American Petroleum Institute (API) committees.

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