Robert Kauer (Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-Ing.) received his engineering degree at the Technical University of München in 1991. Since then, he has been working in the field of pressure vessel and piping technology, starting as an R&D engineer at the Institute of Pressure Vessel and Piping (PVP) Design, Experimental Stress Analysis and Plant Engineering in Munich.
Since joining TÜV SÜD, Dr. Kauer has managed various national and international projects related to design, structural reliability, Fitness for Service, and inspection programme development for nuclear and non-nuclear applications in pressure vessel and piping technology.
He is ASME Authorized Inspector Supervisor and is member of various national and European committees including ASME International Working Group Germany.
Currently, Dr. Kauer is responsible for consulting projects related to Fitness for Service, Asset Integrity, and Process Safety Excellence at TÜV SÜD Industry Service, Munich.
Hugo Julien, P.Eng., began his career, in the field of pressure equipment and storage tanks, as Designer and Quality Manager at HC Vidal Ltd. (1998 to 2002). He then worked as Quality Systems Manager at Xebec, Inc. (2002 to 2007). Since 2007, he has been the Mechanical Integrity Advisor at GCM Consultants. An active ASME/CSA member, he is also a certified API 510, API 570, API 571, and CSA W178.2 Level II (CSA B31.3, ASME W47.1/W59, and CSA Z662) inspector.
Mr. Julien graduated from l’École Polytechnique de Montréal (1997) in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Manufacturing. He is a member of the following professional engineering associations: Quebec (OIQ), Ontario (PEO), British Columbia (APEGBC), Alberta (APEGA), Saskatchewan (APEGS), and Newfoundland/Labrador (PEGNL).