Natural Gas Distribution + Transmission Integrity Management

Wednesday, April 19

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Pipeline and Component MAOP Records: Methods of Validation, Organization and Available Field Technology
Speaker: Bill Amend, Principal Engineer, DNV GL
Dominique Mitchell, Engineering Supervisor, Southwest Gas Corporation
Greg Donikowski, ASNT Level III – Lead Technician, TD Williamson
As a result of increased pressure from regulators, pipeline operators are facing new challenges to demonstrate how their pipeline and component records are traceable, verifiable and complete. This session will explore how one operator validates records with a focus on pipeline and component records organization. In addition, participants of this session will learn about available field verification technologies to improve their records and the history behind them.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Damage Prevention: Trends and Improvements
Speakers: Khrysanne Kerr, Common Ground Alliance
Rick Galyean, Gold Shovel Standard
Damage prevention programs are an important defense against the mechanical damage threat. This session will explore how well we are managing this threat through discussion on the causes of damages and what you can learn from these events. The session will also explore a program that may propel greater controls in third party damage through monitoring of individual excavators across networks and geographies and targeting incentives on a North American scale.

Thursday, April 20

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Risk-Based Planning
Speakers: Michael Humberd, PSI
Val Rogers, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
In an era of ever increasing regulations and aging assets, risk based planning could be the key to an efficient and effective pipeline integrity management program. In this session, we will demonstrate how companies can use risk based planning to create work plans from HCA analysis through the development of preventative and mitigation programs to address threats and risks on the pipeline system. This session will also demonstrate the methodical risk based approach that one utility uses to plan and prioritize work, then build an effective proposal for funding.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Integrity Management Case Studies and Lessons Learned
Speakers: Kevin Garrity, Mears Group, Inc.
Mark Hereth, Managing Director, P-PIC
One of the guiding principles of integrity management is continued improvement. This session will take a look back at several recent pipeline incidents and what we have learned from them. The presentation will dig deeper into how integrity management programs have performed and what key improvements have been made that produce positive results. Recent trends will also be covered showing how integrity management has affected regulations and the pipeline industry as a whole.