NG D&T Integrity Management

This year’s Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management track will share lessons learned from operators on the Mega Rule, from multiple parties specific to material traceability, discuss current DIMP issues and how utilities are addressing them and strategies for retaining a developed workforce to reduce the potential integrity management risk associated with knowledge transfer.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
The Mega Rule, Our Story so Far
Speakers: Jason Lambert, Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Staff, Williams Northwest Pipeline
Tyson Green, Manager Pipeline Safety, Transmission & Gulf of Mexico, Williams Northwest Pipeline
MEGA Rule discussion to include lessons learned from operators that are already implementing reconfirmation procedures providing pros/cons and overall experiences at this point and tools needed to move forward with the project.

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1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Common DIMP Problems
Speakers: Darren Branch, Manager DIMP and Special Projects, Washington Gas
Alfredo Ulanday, Senior Project Manager – Integrity, EN Engineering, LLC
Joel Martell, Manager, Engineering Staff, Southwest Gas Corporation
Carol Hager, Manager Pipeline Integrity, Dominion Energy
Join a panel discussion regarding current DIMP issues and how utilities have addressed them. Topics include application of new gas standards to legacy installations, troubleshooting sewer crossbores, and how utilities can bring data strategy to DIMP programs.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
What a Difference a Decade Makes
Speakers: Albert Calderon, Project Manager II, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Steve Coleman, Director, Asset Risk Management, Engineering & Standards Natural Gas System Safety, Black Hills Energy
Ryan Privratsky, Director, System Integrity, Cascade Natural Gas Corp.
This session will focus on sharing and discussing lessons learned from operators, consultants, and contractors specific to material traceability. In addition, we will discuss interpretation and understanding of the PHMSA MEGA Rule and specifically on Traceable, Verifiable, and Complete (TVC) Records as well as emerging trends and/or technologies which are being utilized to assist owner/operators.

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Education vs. Experience: Engineering a New Future for Integrity Management
Speakers: Don Frieze, Engineering Supervisor, Puget Sound Energy
Shelby Dill, Engineering Supervisor, Southwest Gas Corporation
A panel discussion regarding the future of the natural gas engineering workforce. The panelists will share their respective company’s engineering development programs, policies for qualifying individuals for specific engineering tasks and the role of professional licensing, and strategies for retaining a developed workforce to reduce the potential integrity management risk associated with knowledge transfer.