Phil Hopkins is a technical director at Penspen Ltd., UK, the pipeline design engineers . He is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and has over 25 years of experience in the pipeline business. He specialises in pipeline integrity, and has recently been involved in a number of litigations in North America following pipeline failures. Phil is also director of the new Centre of Pipeline Engineering at the University of Newcastle, which is specialising in pipeline integrity, risk and safety. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' pipeline systems executive, and a regular contributor to journals and conferences in the pipeline business. Many people will also know Phil through his training courses: he has trained over 1000 engineers on his public courses on pipeline design and integrity.