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Entegra Welcomes Aaron Crowder as Director of Sales

Entegra Welcomes Aaron Crowder as Director of Sales

Please welcome Aaron Crowder to the growing Entegra team as Director of Sales!

Crowder, a graduate of both Colorado State University, and Colorado Mountain College got his degrees in Technical Journalism, Social Science, and Communications. After college, he began his career in the action sports industry with positions at ESPN and Burton Snowboards.

However, Crowder always knew he wanted to work in the pipeline inspection industry. After his time in the world of action sports, he landed at T.D. Williamson as a Data Analyst. This transition of industries wasn’t by accident or chance. “I was first introduced to the ILI business in my early teens as I watched a family member build Magpie Systems (an ILI company that was eventually acquired by T.D. Williamson). Because of that experience, I always knew I wanted to work in pipeline inspection,” Crowder shared.

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Celebrate the Indy 500 Festivities with Entegra!

Celebrate the Indy 500 Festivities with Entegra!

 

Come one, come all to our 10th annual, family-friendly, Carb Day / Indy 500 celebration! This party started back in 2008 as a Carb Day cookout when approximately 25 attendees swung by after the race. This year, we’re expecting more than 200 guests and festivities will encompass the entire Indy 500 Weekend! Come and go as you please. It’s up to you whether you attend one event or the whole weekend.

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Jon Pratt Joins Entegra’s Team of ILI Experts

The Entegra team continues to grow! We are proud to welcome Jon Pratt to our team of exceedingly qualified Account Managers and ILI experts.

With nearly forty years of experience in data analysis for pigging companies, Pratt comes to Entegra from Baker Hughes, where he served as the European Data Analysis Manager for more than a decade. Pratt was one of two analysts in the UK Analysis Department when he started at Baker Hughes in 2008. Once he advanced to the Eastern Hemisphere Analysis Manager, he built his team to include seven people. Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Pratt was Department Supervisor at Tuboscope.

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3 Times James Bond Pioneered Pipeline Travel

James Bond Pipeline Scene

We all know pipelines are a unique and efficient mode of transportation. However, they are rarely top of mind for most of the world’s population. As pipeline engineering professionals, we’ve always gotten a kick out of watching the ever-creative James Bond use pipelines as an unexpected avenue to escape his adversaries.

From smuggling allies across the Iron Curtain to disabling nuclear weapons, pipelines have been used as a plot device in Bond films spanning three decades. Below we breakdown three of these scenes, including Diamonds are Forever, the Pipeline to the West scene in The Living Daylights, and the Plutonium bomb scene in The World is Not Enough.

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Building Trust and Educating Communities—One Operator’s Approach

Entegra Blog Building Trust and Educating Communities—One Operator’s Approach

 

In the pipeline industry, the Department of Transportation mandates that pipeline operators provide public service communication to adjacent landowners. Typical compliance involves the operator sending a direct mail piece, providing landowners (and anyone else who may be affected by a pipeline passing through their neighborhood) with important pipeline awareness and safety information (e.g. “Call Before You Dig” instructions and emergency contact numbers).

In light of the recent politicization and negative publicity surrounding pipelines, one operator came to the realization that mere compliance wasn’t good enough. Since pipelines are a critical piece of the national infrastructure, they decided to truly engage their affected communities in frank and open communication and begin to build a relationship with the landowners affected by their pipelines.