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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9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
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
Adriana Pardo, Team Lead for Integrity Management Workplace Development, Southern California Gas Company
Manuel Gonzalez, Gas Systems Program Manager, Southern California Gas Company
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.
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Common DIMP Problems
Moderator: Alfredo Ulanday, Senior Project Manager – Integrity, EN Engineering, LLC
Speakers: Jonathan Kopp, Engineer, NW Natural
Richard Kiser, Supervisor, Dominion Energy Utah
Darren Branch, Manager DIMP and Special Projects, Washington Gas
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.
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
What a Difference a Decade Makes
Moderators: Blake Darling, Director of Operations, Aquawolf LLC
Andrew Johnson, Oil & Gas Pipelines Practice Leader, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Speakers: Steve Coleman, Director, Asset Risk Management, Engineering & Standards Natural Gas System Safety, Black Hills Energy
Albert Calderon, Project Manager II, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
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.
The Mega Rule, Our Story so Far
Moderator: Lane Miller, arket Director, TRC
Speakers: Tom Finch, Community Liaison, Outreach & Engagement, Office of Pipeline Safety-Western Region, PHMSA – Office of Pipeline Safety
Scott Lundgren, Capital Projects Engineer, NW Natural
Jason Lambert, Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Staff, Williams Northwest Pipeline
Join us for an engaging presentation and panel discussion of PHMSA’s latest MEGA rule. We’ll share lessons learned as operators already planning and implementing MAOP reconfirmation procedures, opportunistic digs for material verification, and medium consequence area (MCA) identifications. We’ll also cover the tools and processes we’ve found most effective, and answer questions to help you move forward with your own planning and implementation.