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2020 API Pipeline Conference, Control Room Forum and Cybernetics Symposium

When: April 28, 2020 - April 30, 2020

Where:Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego, California

Event Update

For the past few weeks, API has been paying close attention to the developing news about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). After much thoughtful deliberation and evaluation of the evolving situation, we regret to advise that we decided to cancel all of our widely attended meetings and conferences through at least May 1, 2020.

All registered attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fee(s). Sponsors and Exhibitors will also receive a full refund. As you can imagine this entails processing a significant number of transactions so we ask for your patience while we process refunds as quickly as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause to you and your business needs. In making this difficult decision, paramount is the health, safety, and welfare of our attendees. We acknowledge that the increase in company-mandated travel restrictions, as well as growing concerns over exposure have made it impossible to ensure the execution of a successful conference experience this spring.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you at a future meeting.

2020 Pipeline Conference Schedule at a Glance

Schedule at a Glance

8:00 A.M. — 9:40 A.M.

Opening Session/Keynote Speaker

Howard "Skip" Elliott - Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
KEYNOTE 2 Artificial Intelligence

9:40 A.M. — 10:15 A.M.

Break in Exhibit Hall

10:15 A.M. — 10:45 A.M.

Outreach & Stakeholder EngagementPL83 Dredging and Marine Construction Safety

Michael Gerhardt, CDMCS & David McMasters, Chevron Pipe Line Company

As underwater pipeline infrastructure grows and ports and waterways go deeper and wider, it is essential that the dredging and pipeline industries partner on safety to prevent the loss of human life, the destruction of assets, and damage to the environment. Since 2018, the COuncil for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety (CDMCS) has brought these two industries, along with state and federal regulators, together to deliver solutions that prevent underwater pipeline incidents during dredging activity. Come learn about the Council's first collaborative work product - Pipeline Incident Prevention, a best practices guide that addresses pipeline safety, damage prevention, and emergency response in the marine environment.

Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL000 SMS Management of Change

John Soenning, Plains All American Pipeline

Abstract Coming Soon

Asset IntegrityPL000 Panel Discussion: Geohazard (part 1 of 2)

Jeff Budzich, Mark Piazza, Mike Cook, Mike Hill

Abstract Coming Soon

Human Factors & Safety CulturePL8 The Filthy Fifteen Causes of Accidents and How They Relate to Pipeliners

Charles Alday, Pipeline Performance Group

Many have learned about “The Dirty Dozen” as human factors that cause errors and accidents. The purpose of this presentation is review “The Dirty Dozen” and to introduce three additional causes that related to control rooms and pipeliners. The “new” ones are: Inability to Accept Limitations, Lack of Operational Integrity, and Lack of Professionalism. The “Filthy Fifteen” can be used in safety management systems, for control team training since the 15 causes correlate to the non-technical skills that should be taught to controllers and those who collaborate with them, and for easy to understand human factors training. The presentation will use pipeline examples to illustrate the causes and provide recommendations on how to use “The Filthy Fifteen” with individuals and organizations.

10:50 A.M. — 11:20 A.M.

Outreach & Stakeholder EngagementPL66 Panel: Public Engagement (part 1 of 2)

Simona Perry, Pipeline Safety Coalition | Massoud Tahamtani, PHMSA | Shawn Lyon, Marathon Pipe Line

Pipeline operators are part of the communities in which they operate. Being a good neighbor throughout the life cycle of a pipeline requires ongoing dialogue and engagement with communities, property owners, and regulators and the general public. In the past, pipeline operators have focused heavily on public awareness programs to raise the level of understanding on pipeline locations, risks and hazards, damage prevention,emergency response protocols and how to identify and respond to a pipeline emergency. However, traditional public awareness programs have tended to be more unidirectional communication from operator to communities or individuals, and only implemented once pipelines are in operation. As such, the industry is embracing the transition from public awareness to public engagement, as gas and liquid pipeline operators acknowledge the challenges associated with industry activities, which may include challenges important to local and regional communities. This panel brings in the perspectives of the industry, regulator and public to discuss their views on what effective engagement and communications means when it comes to pipeline safety, and what steps can be taken to improve outreach and overall engagement activities among all stakeholders involved in infrastructure development.

Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL000 SMS Management Review

Cindy Graham, Enbridge

Abstract Coming Soon

Asset IntegrityPL000 Panel Discussion: Geohazard (part 2 of 2)

Jeff Budzich, Mark Piazza, Mike Cook, Mike Hill

Abstract Coming Soon

Human Factors & Safety CulturePL15 Developing a Study on Human Factors in TRANSPETRO’s Control Center Operations

Eduardo Mercon, Petrobras

TRANSPETRO is responsible for the logistics of moving crude oil, products, NG and biofuels across Brazil, which involves 52 tankers, 47 terminals and over 14,500 km of pipelines. TRANSPETRO’s national logistics control center (CNCL) remotely operates this pipeline network as well as 12 inland terminals, based on a CRM program that currently achieves about 85% adherence to API-RP-1168 requirements. During 2019, this program has been developing a study on human factors in CNCL, focusing mainly on shift scale assessment, fatigue mitigation and distraction management, in parallel to ongoing control room renovation works. Besides facilities modernization, these works also aim to provide the integration of operation, scheduling and measurement teams and processes in the same collaborative environment, thus seeking for our control center of the future.

11:25 A.M. — 11:55 A.M.

Outreach & Stakeholder EngagementPL66: Panel Public Engagement (part 2 of 2)

Simona Perry, Pipeline Safety Coalition | Massoud Tahamtani, PHMSA | Shawn Lyon, Marathon Pipe Lines

Pipeline operators are part of the communities in which they operate. Being a good neighbor throughout the life cycle of a pipeline requires ongoing dialogue and engagement with communities, property owners, regulators and the general public. In the past, pipeline operators have focused heavily on public awareness programs to raise the level of understanding on pipeline locations, risks and hazards, damage prevention, emergency response protocols and how to identify and respond to a pipeline emergency. However, traditional public awareness programs have tended to be more unidirectional communication from operator to communities or individuals, and only implemented once pipelines are in operation. As such, the industry is embracing the transition from public awareness to public engagement, as gas and liquid pipeline operators acknowledge the challenges associated with industry activities, which may include challenges important to local and regional communities. This panel brings in the perspectives of the industry, regulator and public to discuss their views on what effective engagement and communications means when it comes to pipeline safety, and what steps can be taken to improve outreach and overall engagement activities among all stakeholders involved in infrastructure development.

Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL67 SMS Third Party Assessment

Tom Shaw, Shaw Consulting

Since the publication of RP 1173, Pipeline Safety Management Systems in 2015, the pipeline industry has been proactively implementing its core elements as they seek to reach their goal of zero pipeline incidents. As operators continue along their SMS journey, they find themselves under scrutiny from regulators and public advocacy groups to demonstrate the actual impact of RP 1173 implementation on overall pipeline safety. As such, it has become increasingly important that operators understand their maturity and can effectively assess, improve and evaluate their safety management systems and culture. RP 1173 discusses multiple ways to carry-out program assessments. Unlike self-assessments, a 3rd party approach brings in an outside perspective in evaluating an operator’s program. As a leadership advisor to API’s 3rd party assessment program, and former pipeline executive, Tom Shaw will provide a leadership perspective on the value of a 3rd party assessment program

Asset IntegrityPL6 High Consequence Areas, Change is Coming Impacting IM Programs: Coastal Ecological USAs,

Bonnie Freeman

After 20 years, HCAs are changing. PHMSA has refreshed the ecological and drinking water USAs and will be incorporating areas previously not considered USAs. The Great Lakes in their entirety have become USAs through a self-executing section of the PIPES Act. And a new USA type, “coastal ecological USAs”, will include all coastal beaches and marine coastal waters. An ANPRM with the proposed definition is anticipated in February 2020. Geohazards have also been emphasized in the new rule effective 07/01/2020. Operators will have 72 hours to inspect pipelines after an extreme weather event or natural disaster to detect adverse conditions that could compromise integrity. This session explores what’s coming, what the changes mean, and offers insight into how to integrate them into your IM program.

Human Factors & Safety CulturePL29 Operational Learning - When Does It Start and When Does It End?

Chelsea Miller, Chevron

This Presentation shares Chevron's operation learning journey to understand the blue line - in other words, to understand how work actually happens. Why do we want to learn about how work actually happens? When we understand the blue line, we're able to strengthen our safeguards and increase our capacity to fail safely. Fatality prevention starts with ensuring safeguards are in place and functioning effectively. Operational learning provides continuous feedback loops that allow constant learning and improving. Its focus is on learning about the complexity and normal variability or work, the adaptive nature of workers attempting to complete their tasks and how failure and success really occur. There are many avenues for learning. Both successes and unexpected outcomes provide opportunities to learn, improve, and strengthen safeguards.

11:55 A.M. — 1:30 P.M.


API Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards

1:35 P.M. — 2:05 P.M.

Outreach & Stakeholder EngagementPL12 Data-Driven Damage Prevention: Leveraging Industry Data Trends to Better Protect Pipelines CGA

Sarah Magruder Lyle, Common Ground Alliance

As operators strive to maintain the integrity of their facilities amidst the lengthening of ground-disturbing seasons and increasing congestion in subterranean environments, using data to prevent damage to buried facilities is critical. Common Ground Alliance, the national non-profit leader for utility damage prevention, synthesizes the findings from three of its recently published industry reports – the annual DIRT Report on damages in the U.S., a study of excavator engagement with damage prevention practices, and a study of locator engagement with damage prevention – to provide actionable, data-driven insights that will help pipeline operators direct resources toward effective stakeholder outreach. Attendees will gain an understanding of national data trends in damage to buried infrastructure and guidance on targeting key audiences with meaningful information to protect facilities.

Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL68 Environmental and Social Governance Pipeline Operator

Jennifer Varey, Enbridge

In recent years, energy infrastructure, and in particular, oil and gas pipelines, have become a focal point – a critical component in the energy value chain that supports and enables the expansive growth in oil and natural gas production in North America, but also, by virtue of complexity, size and geographic locations, a sector under increasing scrutiny around the potential social and environmental impacts of projects and operations. Pipeline operators have developed extensive industry and corporate approaches to identifying and managing risks inherent to their business. The concurrent rise in capital markets’ integration of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) factors into their investing and lending decisions is driving increasing demand for the industry to be more proactive and to provide more disclosure of their policies, management systems and performance on environmental and social issues. This presentation will provide an operator perspective on the evolving landscape for ESG and what that means for infrastructure companies – trends in reporting and engagement with capital markets stakeholders, what and how have they approach ESG issues and how are they being more transparent in their focus on ESG.

Asset Integrity PL88: Assessment and Management of Pipeline Dents - API RP 1183 Fatigue Management/RP 1183

Mark Piazza, Colonial Pipeline Company

This presentation will provide an overview of the newly-developed API recommended practice for assessment and management of dents (RP 1183). The RP considers dent formation strain, failure, pressure, and fatigue limit states including the effects of coincident features (e.i., welds, corrosion, cracks, and gouges). This presentation will focus on how pipeline operators can derive value from this step change in integrity management for dents. The presentation will describe the basis for the dent screening and integrity assessment tools included in the RP. This RP provides well-founded techniques for engineering assessment that can be used to determine the significants of a dent on pipeline integrity and, if required, appropriate remedial action and/or mitigation that can be applied to for injurous dent features.

Human Factors & Safety CulturePL75 Overview of Industry Efforts to Measure Safety Culture (part 1 of 2)

Josie Long, Blacksmith Group | Lee Travis, TC Energy | Brian Seaman, Kinder Morgan

Over the course of the past eight years, INGAA has developed safety culture leading indicators to measure employee safety perceptions in the workplace and as an industry. Measuring pipeline safety culture identifies and reveals potential hazards and provides management with the ability to eliminate, minimize and control risks. In 2019, INGAA conducted a third iteration of the safety culture survey. The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) also participated in the survey, making this survey the largest and most reflective pipeline safety culture survey conducted in North America. Over 31,000 employees participated in the survey from 20 pipeline operators. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the survey process, as well as, testimonials from two pipeline operators who participated in the survey.

2:10 P.M. — 2:40 P.M.

Outreach & Stakeholder EngagementPL65 Update on the Development of the 3rd Edition of API RP 1162

Terri Larson, Larson Communications | Brent Smith, Plains All American Pipeline | Deanna Centurion, Cyera Strategies

This session will provide the attendee with an update of the 3rd Edition on API RP 1162, including its current status and a preview of changes that are in the revised RP.

Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL69 Environmental Social Governance Financial Institution

Olga Puntos, Wells Fargo

Abstract Coming Soon

Asset IntegrityPL27 Multiple Datasets Lead to Multiple Possibilities

Matt Romney, TDW

Operators look for innovative options to properly detect, identify and size pipeline anomalies. This can be difficult due to the variation of anomaly locations, orientations, and sizes. The solution, therefore, requires inspection capabilities with just as much variety. The Multiple Dataset (MDS) tool platform provides this variety. The platform employs axial and helical MFL, low field MFL, high resolution geometry, and mapping technologies all on a single tool. Leveraging advanced data analysis techniques known as differential diagnostics, the MDS platform has demonstrated accurate detection and identification of anomalies. This presentation provides examples of inline inspection application of the MDS platform in the form of several case studies, including dents with gouges, puddle welds and wrinkle bends. The application of each MDS technology will be reviewed.

Human Factors & Safety CulturePL75 Overview of Industry Efforts to Measure Safety Culture (part 2 of 2)

Josie Long, Blacksmith Group | Lee Travis, TC Energy | Brian Seaman, Kinder Morgan

Over the course of the past eight years, INGAA has developed safety culture leading indicators to measure employee safety perceptions in the workplace and as an industry. Measuring pipeline safety culture identifies and reveals potential hazards and provides management with the ability to eliminate, minimize and control risks. In 2019, INGAA conducted a third iteration of the safety culture survey. The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) also participated in the survey, making this survey the largest and most reflective pipeline safety culture survey conducted in North America. Over 31,000 employees participated in the survey from 20 pipeline operators. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the survey process, as well as, testimonials from two pipeline operators who participated in the survey.

2:40 P.M. — 3:20 P.M.

Break in Exhibit Hall

3:25 P.M. — 3:55 P.M.

Outreach & Stakeholder EngagementPL25 Tribal Engagement in Cultural and Environmental Resource Surveys for Linear Pipeline Projects

Julie Kloss Molina, Barr Engineering Co.

Cultural and environmental resource surveys, required for most linear projects, offer opportunities for meaningful engagement with tribal communities. This engagement has the potential to go beyond the basic collection of data as required by regulatory agencies and lead to valuable shared information about culturally important resources and how these resources should be identified and treated during project execution. Engagement during cultural and environmental surveys will also develop a greater understanding of resources as they relate to ceded territories and treaty rights. This presentation will discuss opportunities for engagement with both tribal governments and tribal citizens during survey efforts.

Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL70 The National Wild Turkey Federation's Habitat Endorsement Program

Steve Barlow, National Wild Turkey Foundation

The new NWTF Rights of Way Habitat Endorsement Program seeks to collaborate with a wide variety of energy sector partners to enhance wildlife habitat within their operations. This habitat enhancement work provides great benefit to nesting wild turkeys, monarch butterflies, grassland birds and a wide variety of wildlife species. Along with benefiting wildlife habitat these integrated approaches typically save money spent on operations and maintenance costs, while providing legitimate 3rd party validation from a respected national leader in wildlife conservation as a testament to these efforts. This presentation will describe how the program works, the various management approaches used and why this is a win for wildlife, energy companies and people.

Asset IntegrityPL60 Using Digital Technology to Improve Safety, Increase Reliability, and Reduce Cost

Eddie Emmert, Chevron

Chevron Pipeline and Power (CPP) is using sUAS's to perform visual inspections of tanks, wind turbines, watercrossing structures, cable trays, towers, and any instance where a human would have to don a harness, build scaffolding, or climb to perform regular visual or thermal inspections. By properly using a sUAS companies can reduce injury risk to personnel ”. CPP is continuing to expand the use case to mitigate SIF (Serious Injury and Fatality) scenarios in situations where, previously, personnel have been required to work at heights.

Human Factors & Safety CulturePL76 Fatigue, Leadership & Safety: How Culture Rules Them All

Justin Ganschow, Caterpillar

Abstract Coming Soon

4:00 P.M. — 4:30 P.M.

Outreach & Stakeholder Engagement PL85 It Takes a Partnership - Inviting Stakeholder Engagement Through the PIPE Program

This presentation will cover how Wolverine Pipe Line Company started its Partners in Pipeline Education ("PIPE") program to create meaningful opportunity to build relationships with emergency responders and public officials. By design, the PIPE program visits these stakeholders during regularly scheduled meetings in their local neighborhood. The resulting two-way dialogue invites a partnership that promotes pipeline safety by engaging the stakeholders in a positive conversation about the pipelines in their community. This can be the first positive interaction some stakeholders have with the representatives of a pipeline company. Since 2010, the PIPE program has increasingly become an integral part of Wolverine's supplemental Public Awareness efforts, helping Wolverine make sure its goal of building valued relationships with core communities remains stronger than ever.

Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL3 Gas Mega-Rule #1: Should Liquid Operators Care?

Chris Foley

On October 1, 2019, PHMSA published a final rule for natural gas transmission pipelines. This presentation will highlight sections where hazardous liquid operators should pay close attention. For example, situations where a hazardous liquids operator might not have traceable, verifiable and complete MOP records, or have unknown material properties, or plan to conduct a spike test or an Engineering Critical Assessment. These examples are not codified in Part 195, but is it safe to assume that regulators won’t have similar expectations for hazardous liquid pipelines?

Asset Integrity PL49 Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology AI and Automation of LiDAR Data Analysis for Geohazard Identification

Aaron Rezendez, Pacific Gas & Electric

LiDAR is extremely capable technology, however, the datasets are large and have previously required significant manpower to analyze. Pipeline operators have questions on how to effectively deploy it. Artificial intelligence, machine vision and large-scale cloud computing provide the opportunity for operational use of aerial LiDAR data collection for geohazard assessment. PG&E annually collects airborne LiDAR & high-res orthoimagery over its entire gas transmission pipeline network. Enview performed analytics to create a sub-centimeter accurate 3D model of the entire system and identify anomalies/areas of interest. PG&E and Enview will share lessons on how LiDAR can be operationalized to enhance pipeline compliance and integrity, with a special focus on geohazards.

Human Factors & Safety CulturePL58 Human Factors in the Control Room: The Impact on Industry and the Environment

Fiona Campbell, ABB

Technological innovation creates both industrial and environmental challenges. The control room is the core of the industrial environment; the focus has been centered on the advances in technology and increasing efficiency and production. Little focus has been on the human, creating a concern that the human involved in developing, implementing and monitoring this technology could be overshadowed by technology itself. Human error impacts production output but also negatively impacts the environment. Technology will always be controlled by humans. This presentation identifies human factors within the control room, their impact on production and the environment, past mistakes, and preventative measures for the future. The impact of the control room environment on the human, and the resulting potential negative impact of the human on the environment.

4:35 P.M. — 5:05 P.M.

Outreach & Stakeholder EngagementPL86 Case Study - Operator-provided Pipeline Emergency Response Training for Fire Fighters

Nick Medina, ExxonMobil | John Burge, Texas A&M | Philip Oakes, National Association of Fire Marshalls

This presentation is an overview of a program developed by ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Texas A&M, in collaboration with the National Association of State Fire Marshalls (NASFM), to provide hands-on training to first responders on pipeline and storage tank emergencies. The program builds on industry training, originally developed by PHMSA, and subsequently funded by API/AOPL and NASFM. More than 150 fire fighters were trained by the program in 2019, with an additional 150 planned for 2020. Participants are from fire departments (mostly volunteers) along a new pipeline route from Wink to Webster. The presentation includes a testimonial video from fire chiefs, following recent industry incidents where they put the training to effective use. NASFM will also share a new version of the training developed in Spanish.

Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL62 Practical Aspects of Complying with the PHMSA Gas Rule and Perspectives on Asset Integrity Management

Mark Hereth, Alan Eastman

The presentation will address technical challenges and practical implementation of the new gas rule requirements. A brief overview of the rule requirements will be presented to provide background and context. It will identify and describe key aspects of planning, including alignment with contractors and service providers. The presentation will also discuss practical aspects of engineering analyses, including engineering critical analyses (ECA). It will conclude with providing perspectives on the future of Asset Integrity Management Programs.

Asset IntegrityPL7 The Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program: A Disruptive Program Fostering New Pipeline Technology Development

Jay Almlie, Energy & Environmental Research Center

iPIPE is an industry-led program with the mission of fostering development of new tools for leak prevention and leak detection. This group's mission is to help promising emerging technologies cross the valley of death of commercialization, with the goal of putting new tools into the tool belts of pipeline operators. It does so by providing:

  • Cash funding to help emerging technologies bridge the "valley of death" associated with commercialization of any new technology.
  • Live, operating pipelines on which to develop the technologies
  • Invaluable, immediate feedback to help companies refine the selected technologies.
  • Waiting customers with vested interest at the end of development.

This session will discuss the inception, conduct, and future of the program, including a summary of technologies developed to date.

Human Factors & Safety CulturePL51 Fatigue in the Workplace: Organizational Strategies to Mitigate Fatigue Related Risk

Yenwen Cheng, SchedulePro (EDP Software)

Assessing for fatigue and implementing appropriate controls is critical in shift and extended hour operations. Control room operators and workers operating in shifts are constantly exposed to cumulative fatigue and as a result of decreased performance, adds a significant risk to an organisation’s operation. This session will highlight the key ingredients behind implementing a successful Fatigue Risk Management System based on science and recommended international standards. Discover how your organisation can excel in managing one of the biggest challenges we face today.

8:00 A.M. — 8:30 A.M.

Project Design, Construction, & Start-upPL36 Pipeline Construction and PHMSA

Molly Atkins, OneOk

According to PHMSA, their “responsibility in pipeline construction is assuring that the pipeline will operate safely once it is placed in service. PHMSA has established regulations governing aspects of pipeline design and construction and conducts inspections of pipelines under construction in order to fulfill this responsibility.” PHMSA has significantly increased its oversight of pipeline construction activities in the past few years; not only in time devoted to field visits, but in the depth and breadth of the covered topics, and inspection protocols. Since April 2018, ONEOK has constructed more than 1,500 miles of new natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines and associated facilities subject to PHMSA’s oversight and the regulations in 49 CFR 195. During this process, ONEOK experienced 59 inspections from three (3) PHMSA Regions.

Workforce Development & TrainingPL000 Workforce Development for Tribal Citizens

Gail Wahlberg and Ron Spoerl

Abstract Coming Soon

Emergency Response & Oil SpillsPL9 Crude Oil Detection Southwest Research Institute

Ryan McBee, SWRI

Oil pipelines cross rivers thousands of times nationwide, with 2370 water crossings from the keystone pipeline alone. Even with pipelines buried, soil erosion from flooding, impact from debris, or vibrations from water increase the risk of pipeline failures. Although rare, a release could have severe consequences such as threats to drinking water supplies and the environment. Operators are required to perform frequent patrols, including overflights, to evaluate right-of-way conditions at water crossings during flooding and after waters subside. This presentation will discuss the results of an internal R&D project that focused on using machine learning based computer vision to combine visible and thermal camera sensors to autonomously detect crude oil slicks on freshwater surfaces from an aerial platform for real-time remote inspections of water crossings.

Asset Integrity IIPL19 Are you Prepared? Best Practices & Lessons Learned from Security Incidents

Ali Gibson, Pipeline Performance Group

Following 9/11, a comprehensive effort was made to develop contingency plans for every conceivable threat to the US. Since then, our national focus has been on continually improving those plans, training, and capabilities. When developing a crisis management plan, it is important to understand that every effort made will fall into one of only three categories: 1) Preventing a security incident from happening, 2) Protecting designated critical personnel and infrastructures, 3) Preparing to respond to a crisis. What can we learn from past incidents such as pipeline construction project protesters chaining themselves to equipment or shooting guns at equipment, as well as other incidents, to ensure that we prevent, protect and prepare in the most effective way possible? We will address lessons learned and these strategic priorities with a career FBI Special Agent.

8:35 A.M. — 9:05 A.M.

Project Design, Construction, & Start-upPL30 Implementation of Karst Survey, Remediation & Conservation Plan for NG Pipelines

Robert Denton, Terracon

In 2015 Columbia Gas/TC Energy proposed to construct and operate 29.2 miles of various diameter pipelines in Virginia and West Virginia. Due to the potential impact of construction activities on the karst resource, in particular the karst aquifer, a karst survey, resource conservation, and remediation plan was developed. This plan was reviewed and approved by Federal and State regulators, and was implemented during the project’s construction phase. Karst Specialists were engaged to monitor karst remediation activities during construction, and provided training for the project environmental inspectors. The project was brought to a successful completion in 2019, and the karst management effort has been successful in preventing impacts to the resource.

Workforce Development & TrainingPL000

Abstract Coming Soon

Emergency Response & Oil SpillsPL20 Using High-Resolution Tools and 3D Modeling Technology to Investigate Spills and Releases

James Depa, Terracon

The use of High-Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) tools and 3D modeling technology are being utilized to save money during environmental remediations caused by accidental releases. The tools can more accurately delineate subsurface contamination, help plan excavations, and demonstrate the effectiveness of remedial measures. Specific HRSC tools can detect free-phase contamination in the subsurface, residual contamination on soil, and dissolved contamination in groundwater. When coupled with 3D modeling technology, the HRSC data can help visualize the subsurface contamination in a way that clients, contractors and regulatory agencies can fully understand. The tools can also be used during emergency response so that remediation plans can be modified on-the-fly, ensuring that the spills are remediated as quickly and completely as possible.

Asset Integrity IIPL14 Implementation of RBI Based Facilities Piping Reliability Framework

Mary Bannack, Enbridge

The Reliability Framework for integrity management of facility piping assets was designed in 2018 and implemented in 2019 with the goals of reducing risk and optimizing resources. The Framework is based on Plan-Do-Check-Act model for process improvement with program elements defined and progressed according to a maturity scale. The program elements include the Asset register, Risk model, execution program, check and continuous Improvement. Achieving organizational consensus for the design of the Risk Based Inspection (RBI) elements was a major challenge as it required alignment of multiple stakeholder groups and included integration of changes with established integrity, engineering, reliability and operational practices. The 2019 Program focused on condition assessment of highest risked assets, with the results being incorporated in 2020 to continuously improve the Reliability Framework.

9:10 A.M. — 9:40 A.M.

Project Design, Construction, & Start-upPL59 The Merits of DRA-Intensive Pipeline Design for New Permian Takeaway Capacity

Kirk Dettmer, LiquidPower Specialty Products, Inc.

The rapid increase in Permian shale production and lifting of the export ban have prompted the build-out of pipeline infrastructure. Because the longevity of favorable market conditions is uncertain, midstream developers have prioritized long term shipping agreements, minimal capital investment and expedited start-up. These priorities, combined with the challenge to navigate limited electrical infrastructure in West Texas, have led to the adoption of DRA-intensive design for new pipelines. This new design requires that DRA be injected at high volumes to meet baseline commitments, a significant change from DRA's historical usage as an energy offset. The operational reliability offered by today's DRA equipment, specifically redundant injection and ample on-site storage, and pipeline operators' accommodation and support of on-going usage validates this design and reinforces its advantages.

Workforce Development & TrainingPL64 Building Skills in P66 Midstream Dev Program

Tacy Smith

Phillips 66 competes in a dynamic business environment and recognizes that having highly trained and capable engineers, with the ability to take on challenging assignments, is essential to our success. This session focuses on how our Midstream organization guides the development of our early career engineers through our Engineer Development Program – a program designed to build technical skills and foundational knowledge. The goals, target audiences, and learning activities of the program are highlighted, in addition to elements which have been crucial to program success. The session also addresses activities currently underway to expand professional training beyond EDP for Midstream engineers at all career levels.

Emergency Response & Oil SpillsPL21 Leveraging Advanced Overland Flow Models and 3DEP Data for Liquid Pipeline and Facility Release Preparedness

Robin Magelky, TRC Companies

Increasing availability of high-resolution elevation and infrastructure data, coupled with advances in viscous flow modeling solutions, provide an opportunity to improve estimates of the potential impacts of large releases from hazardous liquid infrastructure. A more detailed representation of potential impacts can be used by operators to prioritize integrity management efforts and improve emergency planning. Impacts of mitigative and emergency response actions on releases from pipelines or facilities can also be evaluated in greater detail. High-resolution data increases the likelihood that smaller scale features impacting overland flow direction and velocity would be considered. The sensitivity of overland flow models to the resolution of the elevation data used and presence of small scale flow features (culverts, drains, etc.) is presented, along with lessons learned from modeled releases.

Asset Integrity IIPL41 Efficient and Modular Database Strategies for Pipeline Operator’s Materials Verification and MAOP Reconfirmation Programs

Martin Glomski, Exponent

Changes to federal rules governing natural gas pipelines have introduced numerous records retention requirements for pipeline operators. Exponent and a public utility sector client have been developing materials verification and MAOP reconfirmation programs within the framework of the new codes. Nondestructive examination and laboratory data need to be archived in compliance with federal regulations, analyzed as part of Engineering Critical Assessment (ECA) analyses, and made available to additional integrity management programs. The solution presented uses a data management team in conjunction with engineering subject matter experts (SMEs) to ensure long-term data integrity and transparency using a centralized SQL database, balancing the effort required to accommodate disparate data input and analysis formats while maintaining the ability to integrate with existing client workflows and other data systems.

9:40 A.M. — 10:15 A.M.

Break in Exhibit Hall

10:15 A.M. — 10:45 A.M.

Project Design, Construction, & Start-upPL82 Construction Machines and Safety: Define the Dangerous Work Zone

Doug Bailey, Caterpillar

Abstract Coming Soon

Workforce Development & Training PL87 Young Pipeliner Professionals - YPP, How do you Attract Young Professionals to the Pipeline Industry?

YPP USA has been working with several Industry Organizations to create opportunities for our members to become engaged with their organizations. Examples of successes, such as through committees that have been primarily comprised of senior-level subject matter experts, engagement with the international pipeline community, technical conference planning, etc., will be presented. YPP USA's hope is that this preparation will inform listeners of YPP USA's mission and lead to ideas to encourage engagement between API and YPP USA.

Emergency Response & Oil SpillsPL28 Comparison of Empirical, 1-D, and 2-D Solutions for Estimating Consequences of Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Releases

Robin Magelky, TRC Companies and David Mangold

Prediction of the impacts caused by potential releases from liquid pipelines are often conducted to meet the requirements of pipeline safety regulations. This information is also used to inform integrity management and emergency response programs, and to evaluate the placement of valves (emergency flow restricting device or EFRD) for controlling release volumes in the event of a failure. Models used by operators and consultants range from simple empirical or analytic solutions to models that incorporate numerical solutions to flow equations for viscous liquids over complex terrain. A comparison of these approaches is performed for a range of conditions to provide insight into their respective usefulness in risk assessment, emergency flow restricting device studies, and emergency response planning for pipeline operators.

Asset Integrity IIPL44 Large Standoff Magnetometry for Above-Ground Screening and Monitoring of Underground Live Steel Pipelines

Tianzong Xu, PG&E

Large standoff magnetometry (LSM) is an emerging above-ground non-intrusive inspection technology to detect underground pipeline anomalies and/or features. As a passive geo-magnetization flux leakage measurement method of identifying anomalies associated with localized stress concentration zones (SCZs), LSM has been in commercial trials for many years with some promising outcomes under continuous improvement. Although its overall performance still has not reached sufficiently consistent and reliable level for wide deployment, the great efforts in recent years through industry consortia as well as individual operators help some better fundamental understanding of the technology. It has now become better aligned in the industry that LSM can likely serve as a technically and economically viable screening and monitoring tool to compliment the current inline inspection and/or direct assessment practices.

10:50 A.M. — 11:20 A.M.

Project Design, Construction, & Start-upPL63 Using API RP 1177 and Pipeline System Construction Projects to Increase Quality Pipeline Implementations

Bill Crochet, Plains All American Pipeline

This presentation will show a link between the use of API RP 1177 and an increase in pipeline construction quality. As a means to lower the likelihood of pipeline failures due to original construction cause(s), using the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle promulgated in API 1173 and API 1177, among others, is a way to make measurable improvements in construction quality. Documented learning using close call, good catch, and reported incident data (using the 1177 AQP method) can yield measurable improvements in construction quality. Data can also be used to raise real-time situational awareness of emerging issues during construction. Examples of improvement(s) may include contractual improvements with contractors and vendors, design changes, recommendations for specification improvements (including API specs), and procedures or recommended practices.

Workforce Development & TrainingPL43 OQ - Getting from Identify Covered Tasks to Ensure, Through Evaluation, Individuals are Qualified

Tom Miesner, Pipeline Knowledge & Development

The first edition of API 1161 was released in August of 2000 and the fourth edition in 2019. While it seemed like a huge challenge at the time, establishing which tasks were covered proved relatively easy. Likewise, evaluation is not too difficult and commonly consists of a written test for evaluating knowledge and a peer review for evaluating skills. But the real value is not in either the definition or the evaluation – the real value is in continually improved safety, reliability, efficiency, and environmental results through continually improved knowledge which is then translated into continually improved skills. This panel will consist of 3 industry professionals who will share thoughts on how their company is using process and technology to improve training delivery methods.

Emergency Response & Oil SpillsPL33 Adapting Pipeline Spill Response Strategies to Minimize Environmental Impact and Maintain Public Stakeholder Relationships

Scott Buckner, CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Pipeline Operators are tasked with taking ever more preventive approaches to reducing the occurrence and severity of hazardous liquid pipeline spills. Proper planning, training and management of on-site resources are critical to minimizing the impact of a hazardous liquid release and maintaining stakeholder relations. Spill impact environments to be covered in this presentation include residential areas on well water, a commercial high-rise property, highway and railroad right-of-ways, navigable waters and eco environments home to endangered species. The lessons learned from the covered incidents include such topics as effective response strategies, product recovery techniques, stakeholder relations, maintenance practices and procedures and insurance cost recovery best practices.

Asset Integrity IIPL47 Automated Valve Sequencing and Alignment to Reduce Risk of Controller Error

Mark Dahl, Alyeska Pipeline

Proper control of hydraulic energy is one of the most critical tasks performed by Pipeline Controllers. The consequences of errors occurring while performing such tasks range from nuisance equipment shutdowns to over pressure incidents. This presentation will demonstrate how Alyeska Pipeline Service Company has automated the sequencing of both main line valves and pump station valves to reduce the risks associated with Controller errors while manipulating valves in various operating contexts. Examples will include scraper handling and isolating relief systems at pump stations and rapid isolation of a section of mainline pipe that is subject to extreme elevation changes. How the pipeline Controller interacts with the sequencing and how it is presented at the HMI will also be covered.

11:25 A.M. — 11:55 A.M.

Project Design, Construction, & Start-upPL81 2nd Edition of API Recommended Practice 1169: Pipeline Construction Inspection

John Buflod, API

The 2nd Edition of API Recommended Practice, 1169: Pipeline Construction Inspection was published in Q1 2020. It will be the basis for an updated certifiation exam which will be forthcoming in 2021. Currently, API certifies over 8,000 pipeline construction inspectors. The revised document expands the scope of inspection to cover all pipeline construction activities in the right of way, where the first edition described only new construction. The 2nd Edition incorporates the INGAA Foundation's Practical Guide for Pipeline Construction Inspection.

Workforce Development & TrainingPL80 - The Importance of a Systematic Approach to Developing and Managing Procedures

Charlie Williams, Center for Offshore Safety

A Company manages risks associated with specific activities and tasks through development and use of procedures to achieve predictable outcomes. A systematic way to develop and manage procedures allows for the right personnel to be involved, incorporates appropriate risk controls, takes into account end users at all stages, and will improve the likelihood that the end-user will have confidence in its content and will use the procedure to perform an activity or task.

Emergency Response & Oil SpillsPL90 Oil Spill Modeling in Rivers: Case studies using the Enbridge Wisconsin River Full-Scale Exercise and Line 3 Replacement Project

Matthew Horn, RPS Group

Oil spill trajectory and fate modeling in rivers can pose challenges due to the natural variability of waterways throughout the year. Two case studies are provided to demonstrate site-specific and season-specific modeling for an Enbridge full-scale exercise in the Wisconsin River and the Line 3 Replacement Project (L3RP) in Minnesota. The two-dimensional OILMAPLand and 3-dimensional Spill Impact Model Application Package (SIMAP) software tools were used to predict the movement (i.e. trajectory) and behavior (i.e. fate) of hypothetical releases of oil onto land and ultimately into waterways of varying complexity (e.g. flat water vs. rapids and waterfalls, small vs. large waterways, etc.). In both cases, the use of oil spill modeling allowed interested parties to understand the complexities and dynamics of released that may enter waterways.

Asset Integrity IIPL54 Automated Pipeline Valve Placement and Type Optimization to Reduce Risk

Jeremy Fontenault, RPS

PHMSA requires operators to assess the effectiveness and need for Emergency Flow Restricting Devices (EFRD), to mitigate the potential risks associated with a loss of containment. EFRDs (automated valves or check valves) can be used to isolate a ruptured pipeline segment and reduce the volume of product released and the magnitude or number of potential impacts to High Consequence Areas (HCAs). Traditionally, these assessments have been performed manually, allowing operators to consider a small number of different configurations. An automated approach for identifying optimal valve placement and type has been developed, with the objective of reducing potential release volumes, allowing operators to consider numerous different valve configurations to identify an optimal solution. A variety of examples will be presented showing different applications of this approach.

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