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Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find PRCI’s research findings?
Reports and software are available to download in our Publications & Reports Library.
What are the benefits of being a member?
- A professional research management infrastructure;
- A highly-leveraged research investment;
- The earliest access to emerging technology;
- A forum for the exchange of operating knowledge—problems and solutions—comprised of a peer group of industry experts;
- The opportunity to expand the knowledge base of the industry, the company, and the employee;
- Enhancing the credibility of the member and the industry through a commitment to planning for continuing improvement in system performance; and,
- Providing a forum for addressing unique, time-sensitive problems and a means to avoid duplicate efforts.
How can I participate in PRCI if my company does not operate pipelines?
Associate membership (AM) and Technical Program Associate membership (TPAM) is available to companies that do not operate pipelines, but have a commitment to the energy pipeline industry and capabilities in technology transfer, particularly commercialization. Associate Members’ capabilities enable PRCI research to be deployed in the industry and the marketplace.
How do I become a member of PRCI?
Please visit How to Join in the Membership section of our website to request details for joining PRCI.
Who does all the research?
PRCI contracts research and development organizations for the execution of the PRCI research program. These organizations range from large, multi-discipline corporations and non-profit institutions to small, pipeline niche firms to major colleges and universities, both in the United States and around the world. Taken together, the scientists, analysts, technicians, and laboratory and testing facilities of its research contractors provide PRCI with a vast, diverse, world-class research asset base on which to develop the research solutions that serve the membership and the wider industry.
Who are PRCI’s members?
Please visit Our Members in the Membership section of our website to view our current list of members.
Where does the research funding come from?
Every year, PRCI produces a collaborative research program aligning with the industry’s priorities by means of an annual voting ballot. Members allocate funds directly to programs of importance to their operations and business drivers.
Please visit Funding Sources in the Research section of our website to learn more.
How did PRCI get started?
PRCI was established in 1952 as the Pipeline Research Committee of the American Gas Association to address the problem of long-running brittle fractures in natural gas transmission pipelines. In substantially solving that problem within two years, the Committee demonstrated the benefit of industry collaboration and leveraging voluntary industry funding.