A pipeline partnership contracted with multiple construction companies to design and construct a major crude oil pipeline. During construction, inspectors reported apparent non-conformances to project specifications and the applicable codes and standards. These non-conformances were significant in nature and affected the structural integrity of the pipeline.
A dispute arose and claims were submitted to arbitration by a three-member tribunal under International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) rules.
The Exponent Approach
The pipeline partnership's outside counsel retained Exponent to assess the impact of alleged non-conformances to the structural integrity of the pipeline, review design drawings and applicable standards and conducted advanced finite element analysis.
Exponent's team testified at the arbitration hearing.