Natural Gas Distribution + Transmission Integrity Management

Meet the Program Development Team

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
The Changing Regulatory Landscape – Megarule
Speaker: DeWitt Burdeaux, TRC Solutions
With the pending implementation and enforcement of the MEGARULE starting in March 2019, this session will provide an overview and the direct effect on Natural Gas Utility Companies across North America. This session will be broken down into a introduction and discussion of the ruling by leading regulatory individuals of the Natural Gas industry. Subjects such as Traceable Verification and Complete, MAOP Verification, Risk Assessment, and Material Verification will be some of the subjects defined and how it is applied to Natural Gas Companies. Along with discussion of the rule, we will also take a look and discuss the technology that is available to the utility companies for assistance in compliance to this ruling. The session will be closed by a panel discussion of different representatives of utility companies on their implementation strategy and enforcement of this ruling.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Emerging Technology in Integrity Inspections
Speakers: Grant Coleman, Technology Director, Enduro Pipeline Services Inc.
Jeremy Clark, NDE Quality Supervisor, T.D. Williamson, Inc.
Jon Wong, Team Lead, Pipeline Integrity, Southern California Gas Company
Katrina Dwyer, Corrosion Engineer, Xcel Energy Inc.
Dominique Mitchell, Engineering Supervisor, Southwest Gas
DeWitt Burdeaux, TRC Solutions
This session will be broken up into two parts to present technologies that can be used to improve the integrity of pipeline systems. The first portion will cover current and emerging inline inspection technologies. The second will introduce the positive material identification (PMI) process and how three operators are using this technology.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
UAV-Based Inspection Technology
Speakers: Kurt Kathol, UAV Director, NV5
Amanuel Legesse, Transmission Project Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) offer many new opportunities for inspection and data collection in the utility industry. This session will explore currently-available UAV-based inspection and sensor capabilities, how UAVs are being utilized in support of natural gas and electric infrastructure design, construction, and inspection, and a detailed discussion of recommended practices for developing a UAV program. This session will be hosted by industry experts in UAV operations, gas transmission project management, and utility aviation services. The session format will be a combination of informative presentations, Q&A, and an interactive discussion panel.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Natural Forces Mitigation – Tools for River and Fault Crossings
Speakers: Andreas Kammereck, PE., Principal Engineer, Golder Associates
Doug Honegger, D.G. Honegger Consulting
The consequences from pipeline exposures, damages, or even ruptures at river crossings has re-defined the risk appetite for planning, permitting, designing, installing, and operating them. Pipeline systems installed decades ago frequently did not incorporate state-of-the-art hydrotechnical engineering methods, and did not address long-term channel scour, erosion dynamics, and channel migration.

Part 1 of this session will include an informative presentation on how “crossings” and “followings” are being redefined, such that integrity planning, engineering design, and mitigating risks related to hydrotechnical hazards are now including increased awareness of how riverine systems function from a geomorphic and risk-based perspective.

Part 2 of this session will include programmatic aspects of pipeline seismic risk management (including assessment and mitigation) regardless of the type of seismically generated ground displacement (surface faulting, liquefaction, lateral spread, slope movement). A high level fault crossing project case study will also be included.