Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems

Wednesday, April 19

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
PSMS Transforming the Gas Utility
Speakers: Robert Miller, Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Veriforce, LLC
Jeff Wiese, Vice President for Pipeline Integrity Services, TRC Solutions
Effectively managing the many complex processes necessary for safe pipeline operation requires a comprehensive systemic effort. PSMS will identify, evaluate and address overall safety performance with the goal of continuous improvement in all areas of safe pipeline operation and an operator’s safety culture as a whole. We will hear the history and background RP1173 as well as gain insights as to why this transformation is so critical for all operators to develop and implement.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Taking Flight Path to Implementation of PSMS
Speakers: Andre de Costa, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Nancy Conder, Director, Compliance & Quality Assurance, Vectren Utilities
Furthering the advancement and development of Pipeline Safety, this session will take you on a flight through the process of developing a top-down, organization-wide approach to managing pipeline safety risks and assuring the effectiveness of risk controls for a comprehensive, process-oriented approach to pipeline safety.

Thursday, April 20

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Beyond Checking the Box: Public Awareness and PSMS
Speaker: Bobbi Sterrett, Manager, Public Awareness & Research/Customer Engagement, Southwest Gas Corporation
Carlos Florez, Southwest Gas Corporation
How do you communicate to your stakeholders and customers? How do you communicate to impacted residents? Does your current program include those that live around natural gas pipelines but are not customers? What steps have you taken to educate the public and gather feedback? The speakers will share how they answered these questions with a case study from Southwest Gas.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
SOS! PSMS Challenges with Implementation
Speaker: Jeff Wiese, Vice President for Pipeline Integrity Services, TRC Solutions
Quick, help! We need to get our PSMS program up and running!! During this session, a panel of speakers will come together to discuss and breakdown the challenges their organizations faced while implementing their Pipeline Safety Management Systems program. This discussion will include how their PSMS program was started, what steps were taken to put it into place, and any challenges that come up for them during the process. After the panel discussion, the session will open up for Q&A.