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2019 API Pipeline Conference and Control Room Forum

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When: April 09, 2019 - April 11, 2019

Where: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Hotel and Resort, Phoenix, Arizona

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2019 Final Schedule - Pipeline Conference *Subject to Change
2019 Final Schedule - Control Room Forum *Subject to Change

Join API in April 2019 for the annual Pipeline Conference followed by the biennial Control Room Forum. With a wide range of speakers and topics, two events seek to provide timely and relevant information on subjects that include Asset Integrity, Risk Management, Construction Management, Workforce Development and many other topics. We’ll see you in Phoenix.

Presentation Abstracts can be viewed below

 

3 Aerial Surveillance – It is Finally Time


Eric Bergeron, FlyScan Systems Inc.

This session explores the technical and financial potential to integrate detection of right of way intrusion, geotechnical change, and leaks into the same service package for aerial patrol deployment.  Using Artificial Intelligence "deep learning" software tools to access and analyze the “big data” captured during those flights, providing a new audit tool for pipeline integrity and asset acquisition.  Today line flyers look outside the plane to find intrusions, changes in topography, and leaks.  Technology has matured to the point where these functions can be automated and packaged into one unit, allowing the pilot to concentrate on safe flying.  Post flight data analysis, using deep learning artificial intelligence software, indicates areas of concern with an accuracy that cannot be achieved by visual inspection.

7 Creating and driving a Lessons Learned Program in a Pipeline Control Room


Ryan Harris, Jayhawk Pipeline LLC

"Begin presentation with an example of a Lesson Learned- Easily relatable topic that anyone, even those outside the industry would be able grasp. What are Lessons Learned? Jayhawk’s View: This section will address “How Jayhawk Defined Lessons Learned” Why? Original 2009 CRM Rule, 49 CFR 195.446(g), NTSB recommendations. This section will address the multiple regulatory reasons to create a Lessons Learned program. How? This section will address the steps that Jayhawk took to create a Control Room Lessons Learned program. From concept to practice, how we measure culture, and how we are striving to continually improve our shared learning. Where do we go from here? Where Jayhawk’s Lessons Learned program is headed in the future. Conclusion- Short wrap up Q&A"

8 Pipeline Incidents – Dealing with the National Transportation Safety Board in a PHMSA World.


Chris Paul, CAP Self

"The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is most recognized for investigation of aviation accidents but will also interact with PHMSA in investigating significant accidents involving pipelines. For many, the first encounter with NTSB is post-accident. This environment is hostile to learning, and those not trained to deal with the unique issues of NTSB investigations are prone to many mistakes, sometimes with substantial consequences. This course will address what you need to know to understand what happens with the NTSB in the aftermath of a major pipeline accident, and how to prepare. Objectives: Understand the NTSB role, process and interface with PHMSA and other agencies. Plan for issues from NTSB process. Recognize mistakes that frequently occur in the absence of preparation. Identify critical training topics."

11 Implementation of the CRM Program at TRANSPETRO's National Control and Logistics Center (CNCL) in Brazil


Eduardo Merçon, Petrobras Transporte S.A. - TRANSPETRO

TRANSPETRO is responsible for the logistics of moving crude oil, oil products, NG and biofuels across Brazil, through 52 tankers, 47 terminals and over 14,000 km of oil and gas pipelines. CNCL remotely operates 12 terminals and almost all pipelines, which involves 19 operational consoles and nearly 120 controllers working in 8-hour shifts. In order to face this challenge by assuring operational excellence, in 2016 CNCL started to implement a CRM Program based on PHMSA/CRM rules and API RP 1168, currently achieving about 80% adherence to its requirements. This work aims to present the implementation of this program, including work plan and evaluation methodology, as well as its difficulties and importance in a country that still does not have regulations or culture for this process.

12 Data Collection, Data Integration, and Pipeline Depth of Cover


Jeff Barry, Geomorphic Solutions

Pipeline risk management at waterways requires, among other factors, a detailed understanding of pipeline depth of cover. Unfortunately, pipeline depth of cover data is typically one of the most difficult types of waterway data to collect. A variety of traditional approaches, tools and methods are available to pipeline operators to better understand pipeline burial depth. Here, we summarize and assess the implementation, real world challenges, and uncertainties associated with existing methods and introduce "new” approaches for measuring depth of cover. In addition, we present the benefits and opportunities associated with data integration and ground-truthing available data to confidently define and develop a weight of evidence describing pipeline depth of cover.

13 Integrating Competency, OQ, and Technical Training in the Enbridge Liquids Pipelines Business Unit


Scott Sanders, Enbridge

Preparing employees to perform safety critical duties in a manner consistent with internal processes and procedures and external governing regulations is a challenge all pipeline operators face. The Enbridge Liquids Pipelines Technical Training team has developed and implemented an outcome-based training program designed to produce competent individuals capable of performing critical duties in a team environment. This program integrates operator qualification (OQ) and technical training into a single competency based learning solution designed to produce a technical workforce that reliably and consistently performs as expected. This presentation will: describe how competencies are identified; explain how training is aligned with competency; and define how training and evaluation activities for staff performing OQ covered tasks is integrated into the overarching competency program.

14 Control Room Team Training – Lessons Learned by the Enbridge Liquids Pipelines Control Center


Scott Sanders, Enbridge

Team training for control center staff is now a regulatory requirement for all pipeline operators. The Enbridge Liquids Pipelines Technical Training team has been researching, developing, and delivering semi-annual team training sessions for Enbridge Liquids Pipelines Control Center staff since 2013. This presentation will: provide a review of topics covered by Enbridge over the last 5 years; discuss applied learnings from team training in the aviation industry; relate the importance of team training as a key enabler for controllers and support staff to recognize and respond to abnormal and emergency situations; and review lessons learned by the Enbridge training team.

15 Lessons Learned Programs for Pipeline Companies: A Systemic Human Factors Approach to Learning


Charles Alday, Pipeline Performance Group LLC

"Some learn from the mistakes of others, some learn from their own mistakes, some never learn."  The author was responsible for a lessons learned program as a component of a human factors and operational excellence program at a pipeline company.  This presentation will present practical information on how to develop and implement a lessons learned program. Employees have good work practices and innovative approaches, but most companies do not capture and share those lessons.  In the case of adverse work practices, a lessons learned program can be used to avoid recurrence of incidents,  In addition, the presentation will describe how a company can measure the effectiveness of a lessons learned program and provide examples of lessons learned from pipeline accidents.

17 Enhancing Pipeline Spill Risk Analysis Through the Use of PHMSA Spill Data Analysis Results


Morgan Henrie, MH Consulting, Inc

Pipeline operating risk-based analysis is a core element of an integrity management program. A key element is defining the risk and likelihood of a release occurring. Defining the likelihood of a specific pipeline release is challenging. One source of comprehensive spill incident information is the US DOT PHMSA hazardous incident database. While very comprehensive, the supplied information cannot be directly extrapolated to a particular pipeline. To address this shortcoming, we use this database to calculate historical PHMSA spill causes defined average spill incident rates and then apply a Bayesian methodology that better defines a probability distribution for those causes. The resulting information is a more reliable predictive incident rates for a particular pipeline and assists the operator define a better risk-based analysis.

19 Debris Management for Fire Responses


Josh Gravenmier, Arcadis

Wildfires devastated residential, educational, and commercial areas within Northern California, generating a debris management issue. To manage the debris removal operations, Arcadis deployed a FEMA compliant Automated Debris Management System which met the necessary data tracking requirements. This application acted as a step-by-step guide for the debris monitors, team leaders, and truck certifiers in the field during the debris and removal process. Further, Arcadis collected information with GPS-enabled electronic tablets, which included critical site information and photos. At project completion, the database then contained all the information captured, including daily activity logs, truck load tracking tickets, site assessments, and closure reports for each participating property, including associated geospatial, laboratory, and site data. These tools may be utilized by pipeline operators to assist in integrity assessments.

20 Mitigating Risk Through The Layers of Protection Analysis


Tony Kim, Chevron Pipeline and Power

While the Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is not a new concept to the petrochemical industry, Chevron Pipe Line adopted this process 3 years ago to ensure safety in the design of our pipeline facilities. LOPA is performed in conjunction with the Hazard and Operability Study considering the frequency of the initiating event along with the Independent Protection Layers in place that could completely mitigate the hazardous scenario from occurring. The LOPA process has helped the project team make consistent decisions on the adequacy of existing or proposed layers of protection against a hazardous scenario. This presentation will provide an overview of the LOPA process and how it can be a useful tool to ensure adequate protection layers are in place to mitigate risk.

21 Practical Use Case for a Quantitative Pipeline Risk Model


Brandon Cavendish, Colonial Pipeline Company

"This presentation will demonstrate how a new quantitative risk model for a transmission pipeline operator is used to screen proposed integrity projects. Using this model, a dollar value equivalent risk reduction resulting from the proposed project is calculated. This reduction, along with the project cost and useful life, are used to calculate a rate of return. This then allows proposed integrity projects to be compared directly to other proposed projects throughout the company using the same financial parameters. This analysis uses a range of input assumptions to ultimately provide a number of different result scenarios which decision makers may then use, along with a sensitivity analysis, to prioritize and determine if a proposed project is justified and represents the best use of available resources."

26 Strategic Utility Damage Prevention: Employing Data to Reduce Excavation-Related Damage to Pipelines


Sarah Magruder Lyle, Common Ground Alliance

Damage to underground facilities is a major challenge faced by operators, and determining the best ways to prevent these incidents may feel like a daunting task. With many potential solutions to consider, it may be challenging to ensure your efforts will protect the facilities you operate. Common Ground Alliance, the national non-profit leader for utility damage prevention, produces the annual DIRT Report that helps all stakeholders better understand why damages occur. Additionally, CGA recently conducted its first national study of excavator awareness of key damage prevention best practices and information.  Attendees will be better able to identify specific utility damage data trends that can be useful in targeting key audiences with specific campaigns.

31 Evaluating AC Interference Corrosion Risk and Mitigation Effectiveness on Buried Pipelines


Jamey Hilleary, Elecsys Corporation

This presentation focuses of new tools to remotely monitor AC interference factors, corrosion risk due to AC interference, and effectiveness of AC mitigation systems.  Corrosion due to induced AC interference on buried pipelines has become a significant challenge for corrosion management and pipeline integrity programs.  New tools and systems designed to provide data enabling continuous monitoring of the significant interference parameters and enabling detection of corrosion risk will be discussed.  Additionally, an overview of new monitoring regulations will be discussed along with strategies for use of new technologies to demonstrate regulatory compliance.

32 Team Training – Are We There Yet?


Thomas Miesner, Pipeline Knowledge & Development

In this session an oil pipeline veteran turned consultant teams up with an oil pipeline training and compliance supervisor to discuss; Background, objectives, and scope of TRM, Impact of “soft skills” on pipeline operations, One operating company’s objectives and their training process, The links of TRM to API 1173 – SMS, The four C’s of Teamwork – Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration, & Culture, A simple and practical framework for your TRM program. If you feel overwhelmed and a little behind on your TRM program, you will feel better after you attend this session.

34 Marine Damage Prevention Digital Transformation:


Ty Jenkins, Chevron

The most common cause of damage to subsea infrastructure has been 3rd party activities.  For the pipeline industry the most significant threats are caused by anchor damage and dredging.  Since 2015 Chevron Pipeline has monitored 3rd party work activities and marine traffic in the Gulf of Mexico from a centralized monitoring console, in an effort to detect and prevent these threats.  In collaboration with ETC, CPL is embarking upon the next phase of our damage prevention journey.  Through the adoption of data transformation and analysis techniques we are streamlining collection and review processes to identify patterns and trends indicative of high risk activities and new focus areas.  It is our goal to provide high quality information to aide in the decision making process.

38 Adding Bank Stability Assessments to a Waterway Crossing Program


Jeff Budzich, Arcadis

Bank instability along waterway crossings can impact the integrity of a pipeline depending on soil conditions and depth of the pipeline, so a programmatic approach coupled with an established waterway crossing program was developed. Utilizing desktop tools, locations with vulnerability due to instability can be screened and prioritized for more detailed assessment. Site specific data can then be collected and integrated into a slope failure rating chart to determine level of action. Depending on the score additional geotechnical investigations might be warranted to support a geotechnical stability analysis. Slope stability analysis may then calculate a factor of safety and ultimately assess whether a slope failure could potentially affect the pipeline under various conditions including rapid drawdown, and as appropriate, contribute to monitoring or mitigations planning.

39 Table Top Drills - Simple, Clear, Decisive and Inclusive


James Bradford, Chevron

"The purpose of conducting tabletop drills is simply not to satisfy industry regulation, but to enhance overall controller performance. The 5 elements to a successful table top drill are: Potential - Gap analysis of controller training program that identifies improvement opportunities. Target - Training is channeled intentionally toward a specific, predetermined target of learning. Repetition - Principles of change are activated and aligned with learning targets through models of practice, exercise and experience. Engagement - Collaboration with cross-functional teams during drills. Steward - Controllers and support staff are not passive recipients of learning, but active stewards with the ability to choose how to apply the lessons to their particular roles. Simply stated, become more proactive than reactive."

41 Anatomy of the Digital Twin


Dustin Watts, Project Consulting Services, Inc.

"Safely operating assets at peak efficiency requires high fidelity views of current state, history, and as-built data. Advancements in remote sensing (Internet of Things/IOT), data visualization (Augmented Reality/AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI, Machine Learning), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are making digital twins of Pipelines possible. Attributed centerlines are the backbone, as-built documentation the flesh, IOT/SCADA the nervous system, and ultimately AI the mind. Digital twins require firm foundational data. What are the designed operating parameters? Is as-built data traceable, verifiable, and complete? How accurate is location and contextual environment data? For decades, construction produced a stillborn paper twin. This twin is increasingly digital, giving Operations the opportunity to keep it alive and develop its cognition. This presentation discusses realizing digital twins for pipelines."

42 A Reliability Framework for Facilities Integrity Management


Angela Rodayan, Enbridge Pipelines

A reliability approach for the integrity management of facility assets will translate to quantified risk reduction and the optimization of required resources. A Facilities Integrity Reliability Framework includes all parts of the Plan-Do-Check-Act model for process improvement. Through the planning process, asset registers are developed and risk based assessments are carried out via RBI models to determine the risk associated with an asset. Assets meeting established risk criteria are selected and activities are planned to reduce risk to an acceptable level. Following execution, the asset’s residual risk is determined via the RBI model and the asset’s maintenance plan is revised. Effectiveness and efficiency measures are used to determine program suitability and contribute to continuous improvement.

43 Advances in Satellite Data Analytics for Natural Disaster Preparedness and Assessment


Gillian Robert, MDA Geospatial Services

Satellite data and continuous improvements and enhancements to the derived analytical products has resulted in new tools in preparing for and responding to the effects of natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. This presentation will describe the process of collecting and analyzing the data, from baseline collection to establish pre-incident conditions to post-incident monitoring and assessment as the environment returns to static conditions, and present a description of the mathematical models and multiple change algorithms that are applied to the large volume of image archives to extract relevant changes. These analysis tools and products will be related to how they were practically applied to support decisions by pipeline operators to protect and ensure the integrity and safety of pipelines in the affected areas

44 Developing Computed Tomography Technology for Pipeline Inspection


Mark Piazza, Colonial Pipeline Company

This presentation will present the results of research on the initial testing of a prototype computed tomography (CT) system as a method for providing consistently accurate 3D profile measurements of seam anomalies. Other pipeline features are also evaluated to a lesser extent. The research includes a comparison of destructive testing data and direct measurement of anomaly characteristics to the CT results as a means of establishing performance capabilities and validating the technology.  The initial performance of the prototype CT scanning system shows that the systems are capable of producing detailed, high-resolution images of anomalies in pipelines that represent some of the primary integrity threats being addressed in the industry.

45 How to Optimize Alarm Management in the Control Room to Support Emergency Response


Russel Treat, EnerSys Corp

"Control room managers wrestle with a common question - how many alarms are too many? And, will controllers be able to retain situational awareness when supporting emergency response? It’s about the quality of the alarm analysis and rationalization, not the number of logs generated in your system. The quality over quantity approach supports commentary from PHMSA about each operator needing to determine and establish the alarm response strategy that best fits their operation. Russel Treat will discuss optimizing your alarm management program to better support both alarm and emergency response, utilizing your training to support improved rationalization, aligning your documentation with alarm details to improve response time, and creating a proper audit trail to support compliance."

47 Alternative Corrosion Mitigation for Out-of-Service Pipelines


Kelly Baker, Northern Technologies

Whether a new pipeline, post-hydrotest, or an existing line that will be drained and mothballed or abandoned, traditional corrosion protection methods have dried and/or purged the line with inert gas.  In the past 2 years, commercially available Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors (VCIs) have been used as an alternative to Nitrogen, allowing "Air" to be used to push pigs in new pipelines.  This presentation will overview how VCIs can be used and the results that have been seen from preliminary testing to a thousand miles of installations.  Both piggable and non-piggable applications will be addressed.  Improvements in safety and bacterial concerns compared to traditional methods will be discussed.

49 Pipeline Integrity - Geohazard Identification, Assessment and Mitigation


Benjamin Taylor, Terracon

Pipeline failures due to external natural forces are significant failures impacting critical infrastructure and the safe and essential transport of oil and gas across our country. It is important for owners and stakeholders to proactively manage their geohazards risk and maintain pipeline integrity. PHMSA requires each owner to develop a Pipeline Integrity Management Plan (IMP) to safely manage the impact of geohazards such as landslides, karst features, abandoned mines, and faulting. Terracon has developed a pipeline geohazard management strategy to understand the importance of geohazards and how they impact new construction as well as existing alignments by combining knowledge of local geologic conditions and significant historical data with GIS-based systems to support a phased approach to identify, assess, and mitigate geohazard threats.

51 Navigating the Complicated Landscape of Engagement with Indigenous Communities


Marcel Pelletier, AECOM Canada

Engagement with Indigenous communities in the United States and Canada is rapidly changing how resource development and infrastructure projects are conducted. Navigating this contemporary and evolving legal and social reality can be challenging for all parties. By providing examples of recent project work, the authors suggest that Tribal Engagement requires an understanding of some basic principles. Starting with the concept that Consultation is about access to land or permits and Engagement represents access to training, jobs and decision-making, the authors use their experiences to provide guidance on successful ways to engage Native American tribes. This involves moving beyond simple transactional relationships typical in consultation towards the development of mutual understanding, respect and collaboration on infrastructure projects.

67 Leveraging Human Performance Tools to Improve Safety and Reliability


Katerina Bond, Chevron

Although Human Performance (aka Human Factors) is not new science, understanding how it is used to improve performance continues to gain traction in many industries. Kat will share how Chevron uses Human Performance and leverages the frontline worker most familiar with the work, to learn and improve. High risk/high consequence industries such as oil and gas extraction benefit from the application and integration of principles and concepts to identify latent conditions and reduce error likely situations from complex operations. Participants in this session will leave with three (3) ways to apply Human Performance to improve event analysis.

69 New Developments in Pipeline River Crossing Inspection Programs


Gillian Robert, MDA Geospatial Services

Extreme weather events have heightened the awareness of pipeline operators to the integrity threat of weather and outside force (WOF). The effects of flooding from significant rain falls and hurricanes have been an area of particular focus. This presentation will provide novel approaches using satellite technology and advanced data analytics to monitoring and assessment of locations where pipeline cross rivers, streams, or other water bodies as a means of evaluating WOF impacts. The presentation will discuss the lessons learned in the initial application of the methods being developed for determining changes to river course, flooding, direct and indirect indications of erosion/avulsion of streambanks, and other concerns that could affect pipeline integrity at water crossings.

74 Using Satellite-Based Hyperspectral Imagery for Pipeline Integrity, Leak-Detection and Compliance


Peter Weaver, OSK

TBA

76 Capturing Best Practices for Third Party Inspections of Facilities Construction


Reena Sahney, pbok

The North American pipeline industry has significant challenges in a time of economic uncertainty in energy prices as well the potential for loss of valuable experience due to shifting workforce demographics. The INGAA and CEPA Foundations have a number of initiatives underway to capture and share best practices; in particular, there is emphasis on improving quality during the construction of pipelines and facilities. The initiative described in this paper will compile a body of knowledge and capture best practices as they relate to third party inspection during the construction process for facilities.  This work is an extension of the “Practical Guide to Pipeline Construction Inspection” which was released by the two Foundations in 2016 and has become integral to the API 1169 Inspector Certification program. 

77 Engineering Analysis of Backfilling Practices for Pipeline Maintenance Activities


Aaron, Dinovitzer, BMT Canada Limited

TBA

79 Corrosion Under Insulation in Pipelines. A Case Study.


Bernardo Cuervo

TBA

81 A Proven Methodology for Integrity Assessment of Facilities Piping


Juan Carlos Ruiz-Rico, DNV GL

Integrity assessment of facilities piping frequently encounters challenges such as complex systems with varying materials and sizes, cased road crossings, thermal-insulated, electrical interference, underground sections with soil-to-air interfaces, and interacting CP systems. The assessment methodology presented combines the principles of API Piping Inspection Code 570 and NACE Direct Assessment (DA) Process for buried pipe. The presentation discusses this risk-based and software-supported methodology, covering the compilation in an inspection program of condition monitoring locations, corrosion rates, remaining life, reassessment interval, and the enhancement of results with finite element analysis (FEA) to perform fitness-for-service (FFS), addressing findings identified with visual inspection and nondestructive examinations (NDE). This methodology has been successfully applied and proved in the industry since 2005.

82 Leveraging Data to Reduce Risk


Mary Campos, Energy Services

"Data, when managed and integrated properly, unlocks the history of assets.  Asset data defines the what, when, where, and how of safe operations to reduce risk.  Assessing and understanding the outcomes that drive business decisions provide an effective way to reduce risk.  Outcomes are the integration points needed for various types of asset data.  Off the shelf tools are used to ensure ease of use.  Complex, proprietary software takes the control away from the operator, creating unrealistic dependences on third parties, when the control should be with the operator. 
In today’s regulatory climate, the focus on data is making compliance more challenging, as traceability, verification, and usability are not easy to achieve.   The outcomes will reduce risk, increase efficiencies, and increase reliability for safer operations."

83 Horizontal Directional Drilling


Kevin Garity, Mears

Pipelines installed via Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) present integrity threats that, while manageable, require different assessment and management strategies in comparison to conventionally installed pipelines.  These threats are now becoming of concern for the industry, and this paper presents perspectives and experience on integrity strategies for ensuring the safe and reliable operation of HDD installed pipelines.

86 The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Energy for Wildlife Habitat Endorsement Program: A case study in Integrated Habitat Management.


Steve Barlow, NWTF

Steve Barlow, Director of Development & Energy Partnerships will introduce the new Energy for Wildlife Habitat Endorsement program with full program description including benefits for wildlife, energy companies and people.  A case study of this approach with partners at Enable Midstream will be highlighted with a description of Integrated Habitat Management, techniques employed, maintenance cost savings and other benefits along with the challenges of program implementation.

87 Implementing a Quantitative Risk Ranking Approach to meet the Regulatorily Requirements for the Placement of EFRDs


Tim Kurdziel

The operation of pipelines that transport liquid and gas products implies the compliance with regulations according to the Department of Transportation (DOT), 49CFR 195 for liquids and 49CFR 192 for gas pipelines. In order to comply with some specific requirements to avoid spills or leaks affecting high consequence areas (liquids) or populated areas (gas Class 3 or 4); a technical process of analysis was developed to optimize the location of the valves on different liquids and gas pipelines to ensure the lowest impact to sensitive areas. The process include the following major steps: credible worst case liquid plume spill modelling considering the route of pipeline and the High Consequence Areas (HCA) that will be affected in case of an spill or a leak, a mathematical approach to quantifying risk and identifying high risk areas, and a recommendation plan to comply with 49CFR195.452 requirements for the placement of the Emergency Flow Restrictive Devices ( EFRDs). Similar approach has been done for gas pipelines with the consideration of the Potential Impact Radius (PIR) if a failure occurs and the impact on people or properties. This technical evaluation allows for a management approval and cost benefit analysis for final EFRD placement recommendations.

88 Satellite Radar Interferometry - New Opportunities for Pipeline Integrity Management


Danielle Smilovsky

Synthetic Aperture Radar interferometry (InSAR) is a computationally intensive process that uses matched pairs of radar raster images of the Earth's surface acquired from the same position above the Earth, calculates the line-of-sight distance from the satellite to the ground for each image pixel, and displays results as a map of differences. The differences must be interpreted with respect to vegetation, terrain, and geology. This technology emerged in the 1990s and has been applied to pipeline alignments in a variety of settings with varying success because of its inherent limitations, the frequency and wavelength of the available radar sensors, and details of the orbit. A pair of radar satellites, launched in 2014 and 2016, overcame much of the limitations. The pair of satellites operate in a 12-day repeat-pass orbit with both ascending and descending look directions, and provide interferograms with pixel size on the order of 3.5m and spatial resolution on the order of 9m.  The radar sensor results in an ability to detect line-of-sight changes of a few millimeters. The cost is much less than it was a few years ago. The new opportunities for pipeline integrity management come with availability of high-quality data, repeated coverage every 12 days, ability to detect small changes, and lower cost. Examples of InSAR results extracted along alignments in areas of potash mine ground subsidence, erosion and deposition resulting from a post-wildfire storm event, and ground stability will be used to describe the technology and demonstrate its utility for pipeline integrity management.

89 Improving Materials and Construction Quality


Mark Hereth, The Blacksmith Group

The INGAA Foundation convened a small group in 2018 to evaluate issues related to materials and construction quality on recent transmission projects. The group considered events reported in the press, pointed out by the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and those identified by member owner/ operators and contractor/ service providers. The group evaluated the issues and identified tangible actions as recommendations to the INGAA Foundation Executive Committee in January 2019. The group identified a series of recommendations that were categorized and prioritized.  The categories included:  Use of roundtables – small group discussions among owner/ operators and contractor/ service providers to discuss challenges and to define specific actions. Development of compendia – compilation of project and workshop reports related to materials and construction quality since 2007, including a compendium of Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) research reports.  Active involvement in American Petroleum Institute (API) and other standards developing organization’s committees to provide input to ensure that standards facilitate materials and construction quality with a direct tie back to INGAA Foundation standing committees on Safety, Quality and Integrity.  Development of videos and animations – for orientation and training new employees on critical tasks. Coordinate with API and the Association of Oil Pipelines (AOPL), the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) and the CEPA Foundation – as many members are common among the trades. The purpose of this presentation is to share the work and begin engagement on these important materials and construction quality issues.

91 PHMSA Public Engagement


Massoud Tahamtani, PHMSA

PHMSA will discuss advancing pipeline safety through oversight of public awareness safety regulations and by educating the public and engaging with pipeline stakeholders to proactively address safety concerns. The presentation will focus on where we have been and where we are going with public awareness and engagement. PHMSA will also provide updates on emerging public awareness and engagement initiatives.

98 1162 Update – Public Awareness Measurement


Katie Delahaye Paine, Paine Publishing, LLC

As the 1162 Revision Task Group works toward completion of a 3rd Edition, a working team charged with updating the measurement and evaluation component of 1162 initiated an extensive audit and benchmarking process in 2018. The process included: A comprehensive review of existing leading practices in public awareness and risk communications assessment. A literature review of all available academic and industry research on risk communications measurement and leading practices. In-depth phone interviews of regulators, service providers, industry organizations as well as pipeline operators. Operators were further sampled to provide an appropriate mix of transmission, gathering and distribution (including both municipal-owned and investor-owned) operators. This session will provide an overview of the findings of that research as well as the recommendations and actions that have been taken in the wake of that research. s.

IS352 Use of Drones to Inspect Aerial Pipeline Crossings


Michael Choi, Pond Company

7 Creating and driving a Lessons Learned Program in a Pipeline Control Room


Ryan Harris, Jayhawk Pipeline LLC

"Begin presentation with an example of a Lesson Learned- Easily relatable topic that anyone, even those outside the industry would be able grasp. What are Lessons Learned? Jayhawk’s View: This section will address “How Jayhawk Defined Lessons Learned” Why? Original 2009 CRM Rule, 49 CFR 195.446(g), NTSB recommendations. This section will address the multiple regulatory reasons to create a Lessons Learned program. How? This section will address the steps that Jayhawk took to create a Control Room Lessons Learned program. From concept to practice, how we measure culture, and how we are striving to continually improve our shared learning. Where do we go from here? Where Jayhawk’s Lessons Learned program is headed in the future."

11 Implementation of the CRM Program at TRANSPETRO's National Control and Logistics Center (CNCL) in Brazil


Eduardo Merçon, Petrobras Transporte S.A. - TRANSPETRO

TRANSPETRO is responsible for the logistics of moving crude oil, oil products, NG and biofuels across Brazil, through 52 tankers, 47 terminals and over 14,000 km of oil and gas pipelines. CNCL remotely operates 12 terminals and almost all pipelines, which involves 19 operational consoles and nearly 120 controllers working in 8-hour shifts. In order to face this challenge by assuring operational excellence, in 2016 CNCL started to implement a CRM Program based on PHMSA/CRM rules and API RP 1168, currently achieving about 80% adherence to its requirements. This work aims to present the implementation of this program, including work plan and evaluation methodology, as well as its difficulties and importance in a country that still does not have regulations or culture for this process.

23 Operator Self-Assessment of Alertness Levels Over a 12-Hour Shift


Michele Terranova, Pipeline Performance Group, LLC

We have conducted over 235 Operator Workload Assessments with Operators in the U.S. and Canada. During these assessments, Operators have reported their level of alertness during each of the 12 hours of their shift. The presentation will discuss how Operator alertness changes over a 12-hour shift and changes based on the level of Operator workload throughout the shift. We will also discuss fatigue countermeasures that Operators have reported that they use to aid in keeping them alert.

32 Team Training – Easier to Say Than to Do


Thomas Miesner, Pipeline Knowledge Development

Communication, Cooperation, and Collaboration, the hallmarks of effective teams are not just important for controllers and the people they interact with. Listening and working together are important across (and up and down) the organization. This panel will consist of four presenters, three from oil pipeline operating companies and one consultant. The three presenters from oil pipeline operating companies will discuss how they are implementing team training to meet the CRM requirements and how that training is being integrated with the balance of their training. An important component of their presentation will be lessons learned. The consultant will interview pipeline operating companies to compile a listing of best practices across the industry and report on those best practices.

39 Table Top Drills - Simple, Clear, Decisive and Inclusive


James Bradford, Pipeline Performance Group, LLC

"The purpose of conducting tabletop drills is simply not to satisfy industry regulation, but to enhance overall controller performance. The 5 elementsto a successful table top drill are: Potential - Gap analysis of controller training program that identifies improvement opportunities. Target - Training is channeled intentionally toward a specific, predetermined target of learning. Repetition - Principles of change are activated and aligned with learning targets through models of practice, exercise and experience. Engagement - Collaboration with cross-functional teams during drills. Steward - Controllers and support staff are not passive recipients of learning, but active stewards with the ability to choose how to apply the lessons to their particular roles. Simply stated, become more proactive than reactive."

45 How to Optimize Alarm Management in the Control Room to Support Emergency Response


Russel Treat, EnerSys Corp.

"Control room managers wrestle with a common question - how many alarms are too many? And, will controllers be able to retain situational awareness when supporting emergency response? It’s about the quality of the alarm analysis and rationalization, not the number of logs generated in your system. The quality over quantity approach supports commentary from PHMSA about each operator needing to determine and establish the alarm response strategy that best fits their operation. Russel Treat will discuss optimizing your alarm management program to better support both alarm and emergency response, utilizing your training to support improved rationalization, aligning your documentation with alarm details to improve response time, and creating a proper audit trail to support compliance."

92 Strategy in Managing and Assessing Console Workload on a Large Scale.


Curtis Gordon, Enbridge Pipelines

This presentation will show how the Enbridge CCO manages console workload within a control center that has over 30 operating consoles. It will include the type of interactions that are utilized for workload tracking on each console and what occurs when a console is classified as a high or low workload. This presentation will also show what actions are taken from a human factor perspective on these high or low workload consoles to ensure adequate corrective actions are in place as per API regulations.

93 Work Load Assessment Process and Utilization


Abe Sparling, Marathon Pipe Line LLC

The Marathon Pipeline Findlay Operations Center Console Optimization Process is a systematic method to estimate controller workload to provide guidance in the alignment and organization of pipeline systems and consoles. This approach promotes safe and efficient operations by optimizing controller workload. Estimates to system workload are based on quantifiable data (phone calls, alarm counts, tickets generated, start-ups, shut-downs, tank switches, etc.) and approximated times to complete these events. The presenter will speak to the process of data collection, the mathematical process for determining workload data, and how the data is analyzed to assure proper workload levels for each operating console. The benefits of utilizing the Console Optimization for our Operations Center includes: Allows Management to quantify total console workload; Provides a managed distribution of the console workloads; Validates the console/system alignment or identifies unbalanced workload distribution; Allows consideration for fatigue management; Identifies console placement for new assets.

94 Control Room of the Future - The Challenges Ahead


Fiona Campbell, ABB and Hampus Suomela, ABB

The rate at which technology is evolving continues to grow at a rapid pace.  New technology is emerging in the workplace, creating new challenges in the workplace that must be considered.  In the past, technology was developed based on industry requirements as well as needs to increase efficiency and production.  This is changing, and industry must now respond to new technologies in order to compete and grow.  Recent studies indicate that the use of automation in the workplace will nearly double in the next few years.  Industry is now facing not only challenges to keep up with the integration of automation, but also how to transition its workforce over the next several years.  If we look at the control room as being the heart of the industrial environment, the focus was previously on the physical and automated components.  The challenge in today’s control room environment is not only with the transition to more technologically advanced operations, but also to the need for more technologically advanced operators.  Competition for a smaller skilled workforce, with more options for careers that embrace technology will increase exponentially. How will the Petroleum Industry attract the operators required to maintain and continue to increase production?  Understanding the challenges and being aware of the obstacles will help  to continue to attract, retain and enable the workforce of the future.  There are solutions that are not immediately apparent that can be applied to today’s environment, with the future in mind.  This presentation will discuss options for the Petroleum Industry to respond to these changing circumstances. 

95 Work Load Assessment Process and Utilization


Jim Johnston, Enbridge

While working to be effective in their operations, pipeline companies are committed to regulatory compliance that they are subject to. Such regulations will require control rooms to interact with multiple work groups throughout their organizations, and outside of the company; therefore, CRM rules truly demand the participation of an entire organization and not just in the control room. This paper presents how a Pipeline Operator is implementing their CRM application(s), as a consolidated solution to overcome operational and regulatory compliance challenges, focusing on creating a comprehensive collaboration tool for their organization.  The presentation describes how a collaborative approach is the right way to implement a solid CRM plan, that provides a highly effective and consistent way to standardize processes and ensure complete compliance with all regulations.

96 Team Approach to SCADA Updgrade


Garrett McCormick, Marathon Pipe Line LLC

Marathon Pipe Line completed a SCADA replacement project in 2018. This presentation will reflect on the various stages of project development and implementation, and how they relate to Control Room Management. We will discuss specific ways in which the new SCADA environment is consistent with API RP 1168, and how the successful transition was realized from the SCADA support and operational perspectives. Successes and Lessons Learned will be shared for others who may be facing similar challenges with their SCADA replacement or upgrade projects.

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