Our People

In-Line Pigging Solutions Ltd. (ILPS) is a premier pipeline integrity solutions provider comprised of over 60 personnel with offices located in Calgary, Regina, and Houston.

For over 18 years ILPS has supported pipeline operators from all over Canada to plan, organize, and execute all aspects of pigging purging and Pipeline Integrity Programs.

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Field Overview

Our field staff are in the business of making the midstream industry of oil and gas a safer place. Our collective experience, expertise and commitment to your success make our field crews the best in the business.

Rich Thul


Richard is the founder of In-Line Pigging Solutions and has over 30 years of pipelining, survey and pigging experience across the North American pipeline system. Richard's leadership, risk-taking, and trust in employees and people has made In-Line what it is today.

Richard is still involved in the operations of the company as he provides his sought-out direction on complicated integrity dig and ILI projects. When Richard is not at work you can likely find him at the pickleball courts teaching and playing pickleball.

Tim Collis

Director of Operations

Tim is responsible for the operations and management of all In-Line’s field personnel and Project Services group. Tim joined In-Line in 2017 coming over from General Electric Oil & Gas working as their Operation Manager for Germany and Canada leading their in-line inspection services division.

Tim has logged a significant number of management hours and provides unparalleled leadership to the In-Line team. Tim also has a background in aviation technology with service to the Canadian Forces in the support and maintenance of Sea King helicopters and the Snowbirds aeronautics team.

Brian Franks

Composite Solutions Manager

Brian Franks has over 25 years of Inline Inspection and Integrity experience in Canada and overseas and has spent his fair share of time “In the Ditch”. Brian has a vast understanding of pipeline integrity tool runs and pipeline integrity repair solutions.

Brian leads our composite team organizing and planning composite repair installs throughout North America. Brian is an enthusiastic outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, back-country skiing and cycling.

Chris Schulz

Saskatchewan Area Manager

Chris is responsible for the management of In-Line’s Regina office, the coordination of personnel and manpower in the province and client relations. Chris has a background in IT and IT services & sales and has survey, tracking and field lead experience related to pigging operations.

Greg Nichols

U.S.A. Divisions Operations Manager

Greg has extensive experience performing in management positions within the pipeline integrity industry. Greg is responsible for operating and managing the In-Line Pigging Solutions (US) division.

Greg has experience running and operating integrity projects in the United States and Latin America.