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ESOPE 2013 : final review

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ESOPE (European Symposium On Pressure Equipment), held on 8, 9 and 10 October in Paris, was a great success.

More than 755 participants visited the Cité des Congrès de la Villette for 3 days to discuss and share their professional expertise.
Organised every 3 years by AFIAP and Infopro Digital, with the support of Cetim, SNCT and the Institut de Soudure, ESOPE was the place to be for all players in the sector of pressure equipment and industrial boilermaking. Centred around an exhibition and a symposium, ESOPE once again asserted its dominance as the benchmark event for technology and science.

THE EXHIBITION

The unmissable event for the industry!

All participants expressed their great satisfaction with the 2013 event. The winning formula was praised by many attendees, and is down to the expertise of the participants, the rich content of the conferences and the wide range of solutions put forward by the exhibitors.

755 visitors generally engineers and directors predominantly from the petrochemical, chemical, nuclear, mechanical and thermal industries, wandered down the aisles of the trade fair in search of information on their industry and new products. A positive assessment for this year, with over 94 % of attendees satisfied with the quality of the offerings of the various exhibitors.

With 66 exhibitors, manufacturers/producers, suppliers/distributors, inspection and certification bodies and technical centres, all aspects of the sector were represented, whether for pressure equipment, engineering, or support, service and consulting. Thanks to the range of visitors, the exhibitors attained their objectives for the event: to meet engineers, directors and purchasers to gain their loyal custom, while developing their own networks and activity.

THE SYMPOSIUM

The Symposium (European Symposium On Pressure Equipment)

The quality of the conferences and the overarching theme for the 2013 symposium, « Feedback after more than 10 years of application of European directives on fixed and transportable pressure equipment: regulation in the different European countries for in-service equipment », brought together more than 300 attendees.

In terms of regulations, standards, techniques and even technology, all the developments were mentioned, seen, reviewed, discussed and debated.

- The 57 presentations were organised in 6 technical sessions: standard codes and regulations, materials and products, service equipment, design, inspection and checks of equipment, welding production.

- The inaugural plenary session focused on the directive from several different angles: feedback after experience and new action taken by the European Commission, recent developments in France, European integration and indicators for the future, but also international standards in the field of pressure equipment.

- The plenary session during the final day handled the follow-up work for the PE and the problems encountered in the harmonisation of practices in each country.

- The roundtable, which traditionally closes the event, brought together national and European representatives of operators, manufacturers, service providers, inspection bodies and public authorities to discuss the topic "Build the future, taking advantage of the last 10 years’ experience in the PE field: education, training, innovation, market, regulations, materials, technical inspection, etc.".

As is custom at every ESOPE event, two awards were presented:

- The AFIAP Award, sponsored and given by TOTAL, in recognition of a thesis in the field of PE supported over the last 3 years and judged the best by a panel of scientists. This year the AFIAP award was presented to Hervé ROGNON from École Centrale de Paris for his work on the "Fatigue behaviour in a vibration environment: taking account of plasticity within spectral methods"

- The Poster Award sponsored by EDF, which takes into account the votes of visitors and attendees and the dedicated panel. It is given to the best presentation at the posters session. This year the winner was Philippe ROHART from École des Mines de Douai, for his poster "Analysis of failure modes: a study and comparative evaluation of innovative dimensioning methods applied to pressure equipment".

The ESOPE Symposium benefits from the patronage of the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE).
Please note that all presentations are available from the AFIAP office (USB stick) on +33 (0)1 47 17 62 73 or by email afiap@afiap.org
Initial feedback from participants on the study days have indicated overall satisfaction with the organisation and content. We will take account of suggestions for ways to improve for the next ESOPE event in 2016.

2013 : a new synergy

In parallel, and for the first time in the history of ESOPE, AFIAP was delighted to welcome a class of welding engineer students at ESSA and a class of student engineers in boilermaking apprenticeships at ENSAM Paris to participate in this event free of charge.
All the students were able to visit the Exhibition, meet and chat with the professionals present and benefit from the tools made available to attendees. The young engineers were also able to attend all of the study days as part of their training courses.

Opening the doors of events such as ESOPE allows these engineers of the future to increase their knowledge and network


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