The Novel Construction Initiative (NCI), established in 2003, is an independent voluntary initiative established through the International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors Association. The mission of the initiative is to bring industry professionals together to improve the processes surrounding the laying of pipe, namely innovation in pipeline methods & technology, with the goal to improve efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and mitigate risk of accidents and injuries to those engaged in the construction process.
The initiative was proposed in 2001, and was formally adopted in 2004. The 1st Novel Construction steering session took place in Windsor with 60 participants from oil & gas companies, contractors, technical engineers and manufacturers. They met to establish new innovations and solutions to the industry’s current problems, and set the project priority list for the Novel Construction Initiative.
Since the first meeting the Novel Construction Initiative has evolved, and now includes seven working groups (Planning & Design/Monitoring & Control/Pipeline Earthworks/Lowering and Laying/Pipe Facing, Lining Up & Welding (FLUW)/ External Corrosion Protection System (ECPS)/Risk & Contracts (R&C))
In 2009 the combined efforts of the different working groups were brought together in the Initiative’s first publication -Onshore Pipelines: The Road to Success.
The goal of the Road to Success document was to review in depth all the phases of an onshore pipeline project, analyse the elements that lead to successful projects and draw from the significant project experience of the participant companies. A wide range of companies and individuals from oil & gas investors & owners, design companies, construction contractors, suppliers and specialised subcontractors collaborated in a series of technical meetings and discussions over three years to ultimately produce a document intended for wide use in the pipeline industry. More than 100 persons from 45 companies participated in the preparation of the final document that was finally released in September 2009. The document is available to all interested parties, and has become a reference point for experienced engineers ., clients, contractors and people starting out in the pipeline industry.