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2021 Pipeline, Control Room and Cybernetics Conference

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When: April 20, 2021 - May 20, 2021

Where: API Virtual Event

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The 2021 Pipeline, Control Room and Cybernetics Conference provides for continuing education via a virtual format.

Tracks and Topics identified include:

  • Asset Integrity
  • Control Room Automation
  • “The New Normal”
  • Human Factors
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Cybernetics Emerging Technologies
  • Covid-19
  • and a myriad of other topics

The addition of the Control Room and Cybernetics tracks allows the attendee to maximize their time and provide cost-efficiency. While virtual the Conference will provide the same quality educational sessions as it always has. Vendor visitation via website will be a part of the Conference.

Sessions will be held on the following dates (Tuesdays and Thursdays):
April 20 and 22
April 27 and 29
May 11 and 13
May 18 and 20



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Schedule at a Glance

Session times are shown in Eastern Time

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Welcome Session/Keynote Speaker

Angie Kolar, Colonial Pipeline, Chair of the API Pipeline Subcommittee
KEYNOTE by Mike Sommers, President and CEO of The American Petroleum Institute

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards Ceremony

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity IPL42 The Convergence of Reliability and Integrity Data is Asset Performance Management

Kevin Mackie, Siemens-Energy

The use of data to monitor asset health and predict future equipment failures is becoming more important as the use of digital technologies is maximized. Using Reliability and Integrity data can enable improvements in overall asset performance and a significant reduction in maintenance costs while providing greater visibility of asset health and condition. Having a software system to support asset performance management, however, is not the only requirement; it must be underpinned by risk-based methodologies that ensure the right equipment gets the right maintenance at the right time. But is this enough? This presentation provides not only a technical solution, but also highlights that success will only be achieved when the system is combined with effective technical content and a structured approach to change management.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity IPL17 Enhanced Classification of Gouge Anomalies using Multiple ILI Data Set

Matt Romney, TD Williamson

Maintaining pipeline integrity can be complex. An example is the assessment of dent features with coincident metal loss. Although the presence of a gouce within a dent likely poses a much higher integrity threat than the presence of a low-level corrosion wintin a dent, characterizing the coincident metal loss as a gouge or corrosion is not simple. The industry often leverages sophisticated in-line inspection (ILI) systems containing multiple technologies to gather data concerning the integrity of a pipeline. However, leveraging the benefits of combined data sets for specific threats often requires the development of dedicated algorithms. This presentation will outline an innovative classifier applied to advanced ILI data that can accurately characterize a gouge versus metal loss coincident to a dent.

3:00 P.M. — 3:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity I PL5 Influence of Composition on Non-Destructive Yield Strength Estimates for Line-Pipe Steel

Joel Anderson, RSI Pipeline Solutions

The October 2019 revisions to PHMSA's rules governing natural gas transport require verification of material properties for assets with insufficient records. Per 49 CFR § 192.607, NDE technologies may be used to estimate the material properties such as yield strenght and ultimate tensile strength. The Pacific Gas & Electric Company approach to materials verification has been to combine NDE for strength with NDE for chemical composition. PG&E has performed laboratory destructive strength and composition testing and NDE measurements for over 80 unique pipe samples to validate and develop the capabilities of Instrumented Indentation Testing to estimate YS and UTS. This presentation will describe the development of the composition enhanced model and validation, as well as provide insights regarding the NDE prediction gains for stregnth.

3:30 P.M. — 4:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity IPL56 Statistical Approaches for Validating NDE Predictions of Line Pipe Matieral Properties

Jeffrey Kornuta, Exponent, Inc.

Federal rule changes governing pipelines allow operators to use Nondestructive Examination (NDE) technologies to verify pipeline material properties provided that these tools are validated against destructive test results and measurement uncertainty is conservatively accounted for. Measurement uncertainty not only affects the estimation of material properties, but may also propagate to downstream analyses, such as fitness for service and burst pressure calculations. This presentation describes Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s statistical methodology for the inference of destructive laboratory values from NDE measurements that are collected in the field. The types of material properties that PG&E has evaluated using NDE technologies include microstructure, hardness, chemical composition, and strength. In total, several thousand NDE measurements across approximately one-hundred pipe features have been evaluated against destructive test results.

4:00 P.M. — 4:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity I*CANCELED*PL73 Revolutionizing Pipeline Integrity Management: Intervention-less or Zero-Intervention?

Mohd Nazmi, Petronas

In Malaysia, PETRONAS operates 10,114km of offshore and onshore pipelines. PETRONAS has spent a total of RM1.785 Billion for Pipeline I&M for the past five years. Radical shift of transformingthe current way of doing things for PIMS benefitting from IR4.0 disruptions are seen as the "future and new ways of doing things" that will significantly reduce the cost of inspection and maintenance as well as manageing integrity of PETRONAS' offshore and onshore pipeline. This presentation will explain in deatil three main points of focus: 1. To mature relevant technologies for utilization in projects and operations to address Business' pain points (current and future); 2. To develop/enhance existing pipeline integrity/design tool/software to cater analytics capabilities; 3. To develop new technologies/concepts to address the Business' pain points.

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Pipeline - Human Factors & Safety CulturePL15 Best Practices to Next Practices: CGA Data Informs New Generation of Damage Prevention Initiatives

Sarah Magruder Lyle, Common Ground Alliance

Damages to pipelines and other buried utilities are estimated to have cost the U.S. $30 billion in 2019 alone, according to the Commong Ground Alliance's (CGA) Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report. The same report indivated that damages to buried infrstructure are trending upward for a fifth consecutive year, and new primary research among locate technicians and decision-makers also points to a damage prevention system under stress. In this session, CGA will present data and insights from its damage, excavator, and locator research and discuss how these findings have informed the Next Practices Initiative, created to identify and drive the next generation of solutions to the persistent challenges facing the damage prevention industry and achieve the next dramatic reduction in annual damages.

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Human Factors & Safety CulturePL40 Human and Organizational Factors (HOF) and How They Affect Safety and Operational Excellence

Ali Gibson, Pipeline Performance Group

This presentation will provide an introduction to Human and Organizational Factors (HOF) and their relationship to safety culture, operational excellence, and human performance in control rooms and other pipeline operations. Some pipeline companies have addressed HOF and have human factors programs. Other companies are not yet aware of the importance of HOF in design, contruction, operations, maintenance, and management systems.

12:00 P.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Human Factors & Safety CulturePL97 Taking Safety from the Executive Office to the frontline: How to Demonstrate Commitment

Justin Ganschow, Caterpillar

This session focuses on tactics for executives to create and sustain a culture of positive safety performance through leadership, communication, training and recognition.

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Control Room - Point-to-Point TestingCR63 Facilitating P2P Testing Compliance Through Software - A Case Study of Wolverine

Jonathan Welt, Wolverine Pipe Line Company

Although the final point-to-point verification CRM does not require testing of all points in a SCADA system, it is still a considerable undertaking for any operator. It is compounded when considering the various pipeline personnel required for such a significant workflow, one that must be documented for regulatory compliance. This case study will demonstrate how Wolverine Pipeline is managing to streamline their testing efforts by transitioning to verification-specific software. Through this technology solution, Wolverine is able to invetory points, combine them with corresponding test data, and associate them with logistical information - personnel and dates. Consolidating all aspects of point-to-point verification systems, thus standardizing the processes involved, produces the two interrelated benefits of increased safety, and ease of achieving complete regulatory compliance.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Control Room - Point-to-Point Testing CR24 SCADA HMI Design - A Case Study of Controller Involvement

Katie Leonard, Pipeline Performance Group

In March 2020 we launched a project to support a control room's SCADA Human Machine Interface (HMI) redesign. Our Controller-Centered approach began with surveys, site visits and interview. We then drafted their HMI Design Philosophy and Style Guide. A second site visit was on the calendar...when the 2020 Pandemic happened. Sitting in a crowded conference room for two days of design workshops was suddenly unthinkable. Controller time was at a premium because of Pandemic-adjusted scheduling. Timelines unyielding, we had to quickly pivot. What resulted was one of the best experiences with controller engagement and decision-making in SCADA HMI design. This presentation will share how we engaged controllers and some surprising details learned along the way. Most importantly, we will present techniques that will persist post-pandemic.

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Pipeline - Emergency Response & Oil SpillsPL30 Identifying PHMSA HCA Could Affect Segments for Offshore Pipelines: A New Approach

Matthew Horn, RPS

A confidential Pipeline Company worked with RPS to develop an approach to determine how High Consequence Area (HCA) "could affect" segments along offshore and nearshore pipeline systems. Releases in open water have the potential for currents, winds, and tides to transport oil in many different directions. Computational oil spill modeling was used to simulate hypothetical crude oil discharges from each pipeline asset. Using the RPS OILMAP model, hundreds of discharges were simulated with different start dates (stochastic approach) to capture the range of seasonal and inter-annual environmental variability. The probability and minimum time for impacts were quantified and "could affect" segments assigned.

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Emergency Response & Oil SpillsPL46 Incident Command Futurism

Josh Gravenmier, Arcadis

Integrated remote and digital data collection/sharing tools are changing spill response. These tools facilitate a more effective and rapid decision-making process to increase resource protection, improve responder safety, and reduce response costs. The ability to identify and effectively respond to rapidly changing circumstances provides the Unified Command with new tools to make better decisions and keep the public informed of progress. We will consider new and emerging technologies as they may be applied to a unified command setting, how they may allow us to compress the operationa period, more accurately and more rapidly understand and share the spill response status, how we may be able to enhance responder safety and recognize cost savings, and also consider some inherent risks associated with reliance on digital information.

12:00 P.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Emergency Response & Oil SpillsPL70 Net Environmental Benefit Analysis

Virginia King, Stantec

NEBA, a decision-making tool, compares response options that are selected for evaluation, while integrating the consideration of "trade-offs" of each action. The results can be translated thorugh mapping in a Geographic Information System (GIS) type of format to provide a visual depiction of the results of the NEBA. The goal of implementing a NEBA is to make sure the cure for an environmental impact is never worse that the disease itself, meaning that the final response action should never generate more impact than the origial release or spill, when avoidable. Additionally, wehere appropriate, feasible and cost-effective, there may be opportunity to integrate ecosystem restoration approaches through final response actions to protect biodiversity, restore potentially impacted habitats and potentially increase carbon sequestration.

12:30 P.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Emergency Response & Oil Spills*CANCELED* PL98 Comparison of Empirical, 1-D, and 2-D Solutions for Estimating Consequences of Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Releases

Robin Magelky, TRC Companies

Prediction of the impacts caused by potential releases from liquid pipelines are often conducted to meet 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 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.

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Control Room - Control Room Management AuditsCR54 CRM Applications, the Benefits, and Challenges in an Audit

Travis Unverferth, Marathon Petroleum

Marathon Pipe Line has recently implemented a CRM application for record-keeping in its Findlay Control Room as it pertains to the requirements defined by PHMSA in the 49 CFR. This presentation explains how MPL plans on increasing controller efficiency, all the while meeting regulatory requirements. MPL projects that will significantly reduce paper copies inside the Control Room, hours spent documenting shift changes, filling different forms, and notably saving time when it comes to historical information retrieval. The paper also acknowledges the reliance of some auditors on physical paper copies, and how technological solutions can have their own limitations. Finally, it examines challenges MPL faced during its August 2020 audit, particularly for it being a pandemic year, and how these audits were carried out virtually.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Control Room - Control Room Management AuditsCR59 Preparing your Pipeline Operations for a Virtual PHMSA Inspection

Russel Treat, Enersys Corporation

PHMSA recently launched a control room management inspection initiative to perform on-site audits of all pipeline control rooms. This includes reviewing each operator's CRMP, implementation of policy, and recordkeeping to verify alignment with the CRM Rule. The added variable of COVID-19 led to PHMSA shifting inspections to a virtual environment, creating challenges for operators to validate control room activity. To prepare the control room for a virtual audit, and satisfy the audit, I recommend four critical steps: 1. Verify that Operator's policy and procedure meet PHMSA requirements. 2. Verify that recordkeeping is happening as tasks are completed in the control room. 3. Verify that Operator personnel can quickly and accurately retrieve records. 4. Utilize software to create compliance records to satisfy a PHMSA inspection.

3:00 P.M. — 3:30 P.M.

Control Room - Control Room Management AuditsCR102 PHMSA's CRM Initiate

Byron Coy, PHMSA

Define scope and timeline for PHMSA's CRM Initiate; Number/location of PHMSA-jurisdicted Control Rooms; Inspection Tools; Summary of Inspections in the first year (2020); First year inspection outcomes and findings; Roll out for 2021

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Pipeline - Navigating the "New Normal"PL36 Sustaining Operational Continuity during the Pandemic by Integrating SMS with Incident Management

Mike Smith, Colonial Pipeline Company

COVID-19 has tested every facet of our business and operations. This presentation will convey how Colonial integrated SMS into its COVID Incident Management Plan and how that integration helped Colonial sustain safe operations throughout the pandemic, while also establishing continuous improvement methods to prepare ourselves for the obstables COVID still presents - and for the obstables of the next response. Presentation objectives will include specific manners in which Colonial has challenged - including managing two significant hurricane responses during the pandemic. It will also include specific measures Colonial has taken to integrate SMS with Incident Management programs together to meet the challenges of operating duringa pandemic.

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Navigating the "New Normal"CY49 Consoles for COVID - Jumping into Action

Katie Hughes, Enbridge

COVID was announced in March and we needed to react, Fast! What does COVID mean to the largest North American distributor of oil? We needed to jump into action! 66 employee's and 6 directors were called on to play a critical role in getting additional Control Centre's setup to allow operators to continue operating in an isolated Control Center if their family or children had come into contact with COVID. News from the CIO and Corporate VP: The SCADA team has set up and tested 14 additional consoles located outside the primary and backup control centers in 15 days. The first phase added 2 consoles in two locations and the second pahse added an additional 5 consoles at each of these locations.

12:00 P.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Navigating the "New Normal"PL20 Control Room Response to the COVID 19 Pandemic: Ways to Keep Controllers Healthy and Resilient

Michele Terranova, Pipeline Performance Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed unique stressors on companies and Controllers. Pipeline Performance Group developed a set of Control Room Management related questions to assess impacts on control room conditions and operations. This survey was distributed to 329 Controllers in the U.S. and Canada between April 20 and July 3, 2020. A follow-up to this survey is being distributed at the beginning of 2021 to determine how conditions in control rooms have changed. The results provide valuable information for companies to learn from and apply to increase their preparedness for future abnormal situations and to support Controllers in developing techniques to maintain and increase resilience to adapt to the changes.

12:30 P.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Navigating the "New Normal"PL84 Get Back to Work and Stay Working - COVID Protection Tools

Clint Gill, P66

The presentation will review the Layers of Protection and tools used to help Phillips 66 continue to work through the pandemic, return to the office in May 2020, and continue to adapt to ensure we protect our employees in the work place. Topics include temperature screening, 3 questions before reporting back to work, face coverings, contact tracing, communications, and more.

1:00 P.M. — 1:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Navigating the "New Normal"CY27 Leveraging Cloud Solutions to Elevate Your Safety & Security ProgrAM ETs - from an End-User Perspective

Joey St. Jacques, Feenics

Acceleration of digital transformation adoption has emerged for Safety, Security and Business Continuity professionals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will focus on the move to Software as a Service (SaaS) to meet the need of an end-user in safeguarding employees/stakeholders, while advancing technology objectives and improving operation and cost savings efficiencies. The session will discuss the successes and the challenges faced when integrating a cloud-based enterprise system too enhance safety and security and provide peace of mind to employees and visitors during the pandemic. Topic includes: Case Study - Cloud Overview, Software as a Service, Cyber Security, IOT (Contact Tracing, Mass Notification, Biometrics, Return on Investment and Lessons Learned.

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Control Room - New On-coming WorkforceCR10 Sharing Training Content Delivery Methods used by Pipeline Operators to Improve Training Effectiveness and Efficiency

Tom Miesner, Pipeline Knowledge

This presentation will use data gathered from oil pipeline operators about which training delivery methods (instructor led - local and distance, on the job training, facilitated video, self-paced - hard copy, simulator, video), they use along with the efficiency and effectiveness of each method. The data will be analyzed, and the analysis will be presented. The survey forms, and transmittal letter were designed for last year, but the survey was abandoned because of their drop in oil prices and COVID. Assistance will be required from API to distribute the surveys and then receive this data so it can be stripped of individual operator identifying information prior to sending it for analysis, or, this task can be accomplished by Pipeline Knowledge, LLC under a Confidentiality Agreement.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Control Room - New On-coming WorkforceCR31 Workplace Fatigue in the Pipeline Industry - Best Practices for Minimizing Risk

Sacchin Agrawal, Shiftboard

Pipeline operators are tasked with scheduling staff to meet operations objectives while also following PHMSA's fatigue safety guidelines. Industry experts will discuss best practices, strategies, and automated systems for assessing and mitigating fatigue-related risk in the pipeline industry. Presenters will also share real-world examples of fatigue-risk management strategies that pipeline operators use to ensure safe and reliable operations. Attendees of this presentation will learn organizational strategies to mitigate the risk of fatigue, improve scheduling efficiency, and understand the critical components of a sustainable fatigue management plan. This includes how to: -Employ good schedule design -Eliminiate the conditions of fatigue -Manage complex scheduling rules (PHMSA) during schedule creation -Assess fatigue-related behavior -Anticipate where and when fatigue-related errors are prone to occur -Identify a fatigue-related incident

3:00 P.M. — 3:30 P.M.

Control Room - New On-coming WorkforceCR76 Remote Coaching - Onboarding

Demetria Martinez, Chevron Pipeline and Power

COVID-19 brought with it significant challenges for onboarding new controllers. We will discuss how we responded with a fit for purpose approach to successfully convert a key operating training course from face-to-face to blended quickly and efficiently.

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity IIPL6 Harnessing the Power of Advanced Analytics for Asset Management and Pipeline Optimization

Norman Rasool, Enbridge, Inc.

The objective of this presentation is to guide the pipeline industry to increase Efficiency, Operational Reliability, Predictive Maintenance and Pipeline System Optimization using data driven technology to maximize asset utilization and achieve compliance with regulatory standards, and Industry best practices. Ultrasonic flow meter (UFM) with its unique performance characteristics plays a critical role in pipeline operations and leak detection system, it ensures the ability to detect a pipeline leak quickly, efficiently, and reliably. This presentation will describe the metrics developed to monitor health and performance of UFM assets. Successful implementation of this initiative shall lead to performance learning and failure pattern diagnostics. This enables operators to forecast UFM performance and predict UFM failure on the mainline pump stantions and terminal network in the future.

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity IIPL60 Identification and Prioritization of Potential HVAC Interference Locations on a Transmission Pipeline

Kevin Garrity, Mears

This presentation describes the methodology used to identify and prioritize mitigation efforts of potential HVAC transmission line interference locations on a large transmission system in the United States. Satellite imagery with pipeline and HVAC transmission line GPS coordinates overlaid was first used to develop a database of potential locations. The databases included the geophysical relationship of the location (pipeline/HVAC line geometry), pipeline coating type, HVAC line voltage and tower/circuit geometry and site soil resistivity estimate. An algorithm was then developed using this information to calculate and rank interference risk for each identified location. The algorithm included three primary risk factors: steady state induced and fault personnel safety, induced AC assisted corrosion, and fault arcing pipe wall/coating damage.

12:00 P.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity IIPL29 Influence of Trench Breaker Foam on the Cathodic Protection of Pipeline

Mehrooz Zandazeh, Matergenics, Inc.

One of the most important arameters to be focused on during the construction of a pipeline is to ensure that appropriate water control measures such as trench breakers are in place. Trench breakers are small barriers placed at regular intervals in the pipe trenches to avoid the trench from crumbling. Trench breaker foams are preffered over sandbags. However, pipeline at the localities supported by trench breaker foams could shield cathodic protection (CP) current. Without studying the shielding/non-shielding behavior of trench breaker foams to CP current in detail, these foams are put in service. This presentation provides lab analysis data to determine if trench breaker foam block shields cathodic protection or is it conductive and does not shield cathodic protection.

12:30 P.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity II *CANCELED* PL61 Characterization of Through-Wall Cracks and Resulting Leakage Rates in Pipelines

Elaheh Ebrahimnia, Cfertech

Major challenges are foreseen in thin-wall pipelines due to the likelihood of defects growing into through-wall cracks, leading to product release. To support quantifying the risk associated with operating such pipelines, sections of interest are first inspected using inline inspection tools to identify crack features that may grow and become through-wall. Finite-element and computational fluid dynamics methods are then used to determine the physical characteristics of thorugh-wall cracks and the resulting leakage rates. The study highlights that, for a given fluid, the threshold for leak occurence and the leakage rate depend primarily on the crack geometry and the operational pressure. The importance of design of experiment, and proper modeling of turbulence and crack roughness in the leakage rate estimation is also demonstrated.

1:00 P.M. — 1:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Asset Integrity IIPL19 Fluid Structure Interaction Assessment of Pipeline River Crossing with Concrete Weights

Saurav Pathak, BMT

Pipeline river crossing fluctuating fluid forces represent a hydrotechnical threat for pipes exposed/spanned by flooding. Existing standards utilitze plain pipe semi-empirical relationships from experimentation and modeling to consider the potential for vortex induced vibration (VIV) for pipe perpendicular to the river flow. In reality, pipelines may not alwyas be perpendicular to the river flow and normally have clamp on buoyancy control river weights. An advanced fluid structure interaction (FSI) technique will be presented, illustrating its ability to consider a range of scenarios of river crossing with river weights and provide better pipeline response predictions for VIV to support itegrity assessment. An FSI application case study demonstrates the technique captures coupled changes fluid dynamics and structural response simultaneously making the analysis better for pipeline integrity management.

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Control Room - Using Tech to Support CRMCR48 Consideration and Requirements for Implementing a Software-based CRM Document Management Solution

Juan Seriñá, Tory-Tech

One of Control Room Management's core aspects is maintaining up-to-date documentation for all processes and procedures in the control room and making such documentation readily available to controllers, supervisors, and other supporting personnel involved in the assets' operation and safety. Furthermore, managing and tracking changes made to such documentation is critical to the healhty evolution of the processes and procedures being documented. This presentation explores the specific requirements around CRM document management and presents a practical example of implementing a software-based CRM document management solution.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Control Room - Using Tech to Support CRMCR105 Control Room Design - The Challenges and the Solutions

Fiona Campbell, ABB

Abstract coming soon.

3:00 P.M. — 3:30 P.M.

Control Room - Using Tech to Support CRMCR95 Getting the Most out of Leak Detection Models in the Control Room

Boris Rodriguez, DNV

Leak detection mpdels can be very overwhelming in terms of the amount of data that can be presented in teh Control Room. This presentation will discuss the evolution of how data from real-time leak detection model is mined, processed, and presented to augment the Control Room operators' ability to operate the pipeline.

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Pipeline - Stakeholder Engagement & OutreachPL25 Tribal Engagement in Cultural and Environmental Resource Surveys for Linear Pipeline Projects

Julie Kloss Molina, Enbridge

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.

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Stakeholder Engagement & OutreachPL39 Stakeholder Engagement for a Comprehensive Pipeline Assurance Program

Evan Baker, SPAN Consulting

API RP 1173 Pipeline Safety Management Systems includes Safety Assurance as a primary element, and in particular Audits (S 10.2.2) as a requirement in the management system. All too often assurance and audits are seen as “what those audit guys in the company” do or what the regulators do to us, rather than an opportunity for everyone in the company to become involved. This paper presents a model for implementing the concepts of the “Lines of Defense” and “embedded assurance” by engaging all assets and groups in the organization. This moves assurance from being “what someone else does to us” to “how we know we are doing things right.”

12:00 P.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Stakeholder Engagement & OutreachPL53 Opportunities for Virtual Stakeholder Engagement in a Time of Transformative Change

Katrina Kroeze, GHD

Are you struggling to determine how to meet engagement requirements during COVID-19? Social distancing presents barriers to traditional stakeholder engagement, and many have adopted virtual engagement out of necessity to keep projects on-schedule, on-budget, and to meet regulatory requirements. How can you make the best of this forced shift to go online? This presentation will address the challenge and evaluate the unique opportunities that this transformative time has provided to engage virtually. An overview of how to pivot to virtual, and how to select the right tools, technique and technologies for meaningful virtual stakeholder engagement will be provided. Specifically, potential engagement strategies will be presented including self-directed online open houses, moderated virtual public meetings, collaborative virtual workshops, online surveys, and websites.

12:30 P.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Stakeholder Engagement & OutreachPL69 Stakeholder Engagement Engine: It's Absolutely Possible to Track AND It's Incredibly Enlightening

Stephen Hart, Perseverance

Beginning with the End in Mind: We wanted to be able to see "all engagement" with our stakeholders, from phone calls, to mailings, to emails, text messages, website hits, surveys completed, sign-in sheets, forms filled out, etc. This would help us understand what was working and what was not. It would also allow us to use engagement scores and reporting to build risk models and the like. Other than the simple will to do so, one of the greatest challenges towards capturing "engagement metrics" for pipeline company's various public awareness activities, is building the processes and systems to enter, manage and track those activities. Our approach uses a combination of administrative processes and disciplines, computer systesm, and a database to capture that activity.

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Control Room - Empowering Controllers for Decision MakingCR16 An Alternative to Using Tabeltop Exercises to Improve Operational Collaboration

Tom Miesner, Pipeline Knowledge

One of the requirements of 𫁃.446, control room management is for operators to use exercises that include both controllers and other individuals, defined by the operator, who would reasonably be expected to operationally collaborate with controllers during normal, abnormal, or emergency situations to improve operational collaboration. This presentation explains how to use the concepts already laid out in API 1173 to perform after action reviews of operational events to supplement tabletop exercises to meet the requirements of 𫁃.446 (h)(6). The presenter will provie a method for capturing exercises, and analyzing the performance of the team during that exercise, in terms of the four Cs of teamwork, to develop, implement, and track action plans to improve the operational collaboration of that group.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Control Room - Empowering Controllers for Decision MakingCR50 Conducting Valuable Virtual Tabletop Exercises without the need for Proprietary Software

Sarah Hassanally, GHD

How do we conduct tabletop exercises using virtual platforms? How do we implement solutions with limited budget? The end of 2020 saw many companies struggling to complete exercises AND conduct events that were meaningful for participants. This presentation will highlight performance successes and common pitfalls to avoid when planning and facilitating virtual exercises. Participants will be invited to "walk through" a virtual Incident Command Post (ICP) created for an exercise, the concept of which may be easily adopted without the purchase of proprietary ICP software. The presentation wil also emphasize the importance of implementing COVID policy changes using exercises to test impacts on the response and management of an event, and will encourage participants to consider virtual technology elements in responses post COVID.

3:00 P.M. — 3:30 P.M.

Control Room - Empowering Controllers for Decision MakingCR81 Control Center Training Program

Tyson Schielke, Enbridge Pipelines

As a large organization it is imperative we have a robust training plan for our CRO 200+ and other Control Center supporting staff to cohesively work together to maintain the safety of our people, environment, assets and reputation. As a responsible organization we have the obligation to ensure our staff are trained in their roles as well as know how they play a part in the team environment. We have various check points and evaluations that assist with the progression of our training which can take anywhere from 6-8 months. This provides consistency and confidence to our newly hired staff that they are prepared for operations of the systems they will be qualified in.

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Pipeline - Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL22 API PSMS Third-Party Assessment Program: Lessons from the First Year

Colin Frazier, The American Petroleum Institute

API's PSMS Third-Party Assessment Program is a systematic and comprehensive assessment program created by industry, for industry. It is performed by API-qualified independent assessors to evaluate the conformance and implementation of API Recommended Practice (RP) 1173, while also being a way for operators to receive industry benchmarking data. No matter the maturity of the operator's PSMS, there is added value from completing an API PSMS Third-Party Assessment, as has been demonstrated by our previous assessments. It is also a way for operators to receive good practice examples from our assessors and to better enable peer-to-peer sharing opportunities, a key focus of industry efforts. The PSMS assessment program is a key tool in assisting operators on their PSMS journey.

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Safety & Environmental SustainabilityPL47 Integration of Assessments to Reduce Risk

Mary Campos, EXP Energy Services

People, processes, and data form the foundation of an effective safety culture, Safety Management Systems (SMS) and the programs that support it. Data often drives decisions, tracking, learning, and continuous improvment. Understanding the data from source to end-user is essential to reducing risk and increasing safety. People define and implement the processes they term and describe the data and procedures for safe operations. Assessments and evaluations of key safety programs, such as SMS to improve management system effectiveness, provide managers the critical tools needed to address risk at the source. Managing risk at the source allows for potential systemic and operational inefficiencies to be resolved and improvements realized.

12:00 P.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Safety & Environmental ReliabilityPL99 How Emerging Research and AI can Prevent Worker Accidents

Samantha Grassle, Urbint

Despite technological advancements in workplace safety, serious injuries and fatalities on construction worksites have persisted at the same rate over the past 14 years. Many threats to worker safety, like electric currents and slip hazards, are often invisible or overlooked. Recent studies show that workers in the field can only identify 45 percent of worksite hazards on their own. At the same time, emerging research on energy-based hazard recognition combined with advancements in data science and artificial intelligence hold considerable promise to finally address this problem and reduce serious injuries and fatalities on construction sites. This presentation will review key research and recent developments from the field and identify how employers can consider next generation workplace safety solutions to keep their workers safety.

12:30 P.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Stakeholder Engagement & OutreachPL106 Environmental Social Governance - Financial Institution Perspective

Olga Puntus, Wells Fargo

With gas and oil sectors increasingly in the public's eye, financial institutions are also increasingly integrating environmental and social (E&S) risks and impacts into their due diligence and analysis in financing and investing activities. Financial institutions signatory to members of international frameworks like Equator Principles, TCFD or UNGPs are also accountable for compliance with, and disclosing or reporting on, those frameworks, which address various angles of environmental and social risks and impacts. We'll bring the perspective of the most recent developments around E&S considerations by a financial institution, and will talk about how specifically the landscape changed around energy infrastructure projects' E&S risks over the past 1.5 years or so, and what is important for banks/financial institutions to know about pipeline operators.

1:00 P.M. — 1:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Stakeholder Engagement & OutreachPL32 Leveraging our Pipeline Safety Management Systems in the COVID-19 era - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Scott Wilson, SPAN

The Covid-19 era's economic challenges have led leaders to re-evaluate their operations and identify opportunities to improve safety, performance, and efficiency, all while maintaining their commitments to regulatory compliance and conformance to industry leading frameworks, such as API's RP 1173 and Energy Excellence. In addition, innovative leaders will choose to double-down on their commitment to their PSMS and leverage it to not only seek out these opportunities, but to enable relevant culture shifts and adapt appropriately to the new 'norm'. Some forward thinking companies are now moving to include Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) expectations in their corporate culture. This presentation focuses on what's required to support improved DEI and how to do it using your management system; including leadership commitment, communication, reinforcement and validation through the PDCA cycle, assessments, and data management strategies.

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Cybernetics - Remote Sensing and Imagine Sensors (Camera Technologies)CY80 Tranforming Routine Aerial Patrol into Data Science-Driven Enterprise - Wide Intelligence Solutions

David Yoel, American Aerospace Technologies, Inc.

Aerial patrol is a federally mandated activity that has not experienced significant change in decades. The convergence of new technologies including sensors, artificial intelligence, edge computers, communications systems, unmanned aircraft platforms and cloud have created an opportunity to transform routine patrol into data science-drive intelligence missions that achieve higher detection rates through automation, increase safety and reduce cost while contributing to an operators Leak Detection System (LDS). They can also produce data products of value across the enterprise that simplify work and enhance resilience. This briefing surveys the technologies required to automatically detect and rapidly report threats, reviews an end-to-end solution that has achieved industry validation and discusses alignment with LDS standards.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Cybernetics - Remote Sensing and Imaging Sensors (Camera Technologies)CY74 Augmenting Right-of-Way Airborne Visual Inspection with Artificial Intelligence: Flying Towards the Future

Ray Philipenko, Enbridge

Pipeline operators are performing regular airborne visual inspection of their right-of-way wiht no way to automate imaging documentation or assess performance and value of what is seen or missed during flights, from third party encroachment and machinery to small leaks, geohazards or overgrowth or vegetation. Enbridge and its development partner, Flyscan Systems, have started to develop and test various systems enabling automated detection of threats and leaks. Initial technologies include machine learning software (AI), high performance cameras (visible and hyperspectral), geo-referencing, UV spectroscopy and ground mapping Lidars. This presentation will show initial results and a deployment roadmap, inviting operators to join this new industry-changing initiative.

3:00 P.M. — 3:30 P.M.

Cybernetics - Remote Sensing and Imaging Sensors (Camera Technologies)CY82 Remote Camera Monitoring Solutions

Roger Kuns, Northcoast Security and Josh Beard, Marathon Pipeline

Roger developed a low-cost video monitoring solution for Marathon Pipeline to manage its unmanned booster stations. Together, they had challenges to overcome to include the lack of internet connection, non-climate-controlled structures, as well as creating a stand-alone solution accessible remotely from the operation center PC, phone, and/or tablet without expensive/clunky software that took lengthy IT approval. They developed a kit sophisticated enough to solve all of the aforementioned challenges while also being simple enough to be installed by the E∓I technicians. This solution allows for the MPL operations center and area leaders to monitor 140+ different booster stations at a savings of $1.5 million over the large integrator solution. Due to its success, a growing number of terminals are utilizing this solution to meet remote-site monitoring needs.

3:30 P.M. — 4:00 P.M.

Cybernetiscs - Remote Sensing and Imaging Sensors (Camera Technologies)CY38 Reducing Exposures with Improved Satellite and Hyperspectral Pipeline Monitoring in a Time of COVID

Peter Weaver, Orbital Sidekick

We are witnessing an energy sector transition to enhanced asset monitoring using emerging satellite technologies. Foreseeable benefits are substantial and expanding as the world adapts to persistent concerns brought about during 2020. In contract with conventional means, satellite monitoring offers lowered human exposures and reduced fossil fuel consumption, change detection capabilities, and enhanced remote-management ability. In this presentation, Orbital Sidekick will provide examples of hyperspectral satellite-based pipeline monitoring for improved community safety and environmental reliability - plus PHMSA compliance - thorugh improved leak detection, spill tracking and remote hydrocarbon speciation, monitoring persistence (including frequency and access to both remote and high population locations), objectivity and reduced human error, and improved reporting and recordkeeping. Come see how emerging technology is improving our asset stewardship and compliance.

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Pipeline - Workforce Development & TrainingPL10 Sharing Training Content Delivery Methods used by Pipeline Operators to Improve Training Effectiveness and Efficiency

Tom Miesner, Pipeline Knowledge, LLC

This presentation will use data gathered from oil pipeline operators about which training delivery methods (instructor led - local and distance, on the job training, facilitated video, self-paced - hard copy, simulator, video), they use along with the efficiency and effectiveness of each method. The data will be analyzed, and the analysis will be presented. The survey forms, and transmittal letter were designed for last year, but the survey was abandoned because of the drop in oil prices and COVID. Assistance will be required from API to distribute the surveys and then receive this data so it can be stripped of individual operator identifying information prior to sending it for analysis, or, this task can be accomplished by Pipeline Knowledge, LLC under a Confidentiality Agreement.

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Workforce Development & TrainingPL104 API ICP for Long Seam Pipe

Andri Orphanidies, The American Petroleum Institute and John Nyholt, San Jacinto College

In 2017, a group of pipeline operators came to API to develop a verification program of technicians' skills in identifying anomalies with long seam pipe. The program is a first step iin developing an industry-wide qualification program, that initially focuses on ERW pipe. This presentation is intended to be an update from the program introduction through observations in the beta test and launch of exams.

12:00 P.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Workforce Development & TraingPL000 How to Digest Procedures & Information

Ari Stravolaimis, Marathon Petroleum

Abstract coming soon.

12:30 P.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Workforce Development & Training PL 107 Pipeline Integrity SME Requirement as Part of Predicted Failure Pressure

Christopher De Leon, ROSEN

Newly published U.S. federal pipeline regulation for natural gas pipelines introduced several new requirements as part of integrity engineering and in-line inspection. This presentation will highlight the new requirement of 192.712 Analysis of predicted failure pressure to be reviewed and confirmed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME). The discussion will consider other new requirements in 192.493 In-line inspection of pipelines , namely ANSI/ASNT ILI-PQ with a focus on qualification and certification for in-line inspection data analyst's and PHMSA's published FAQs to relate to establishing who is an SME.

1:00 P.M. — 1:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Human Factors & Safety CulturePL14 Creating a Culture of Safety thorugh Effective Leadership

Steve Anderson, Ph.D., Integrated Leadership

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.

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Cybernetics - AutomationCY26 Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and IIoT-Based Automation Bring us Closer to Failsafe Operation

Dushyant Makadia, A&A Control System Consulting, LLC

AI, ML, and IIoT Automation advancements deliver operational efficiencies, protect assets, the environment, and improved overall safety, resulting in a positive impact on ROI and the overall bottom line. Continuous monitoring of pressures and flows for a potential leak and effectively isolate the estimated leak segment. Open Path Protection prevents pumping against closed valves during startups and/or inadvertent valve closures by shutting down source pumps. Manifold management and product protections prevent operator error(s) opening into tanks with incompatible products.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Cybernetics - AutomationCY8 Automating Complex Pipeline Operations

Marc Falzone, GHD

Pipeline operators use automation very well to manage normal steady state situations such as "open tank, open station, close tank, close station". However, real complexitiy arises from having to coordinate between pumping and delivery stations, communicating with shippers, performing line washes and station washes to protect product integrity, handling hot spots, minimizing transmix, and initiating the sequence of events that start up and shut down the pipeline while ensuring that the line stays "packed". These unsteady state situations are the major cause of stress and fatigue for Control Rooom Operators. In this presentation, we will share how we worked with a pipeline operator to automate these situations leading to improved safety, a reduction in alarms, while continuing to ensure operational safety and product integrity.

3:00 P.M. — 3:30 P.M.

Cybernetics - AutomationCY103 Business Value Drives Increased Pipeline Operations

Mike Demcoe, AVEVA

Pipeline Operators increasingly rely on innovations in automation to iprove safety and delivere higher returns. With the workforce generation shift, decades of knowledge and experience must be build into systems or otherwise transferred to less experienced workers with different technology expectations and shorter time in roles compared to past workforce. Technology advancements open new opportunities for operators to rely on augmented intelligence and higher levels of automation to work more effectively. Automation can take many different forms with benefits ranging from time required to train controllers, decreased controller workload, increased controller attention on highest consequence work, faster mitigations of emergency conditions, increase throughput, reduced energy consumption, emissions, and human errors. This session covers how Pipeline Operators are using innovations in automation to gain these benefits.

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Pipeline - Project Design, Construction, StartupPL28 Emergency Flow Restricting Device (EFRD) Analysis for NGL Pipelines

Jeremy Fontenault, RPS Group

PHMSA requires ligquid pipeline operators to assess the effectiveness and need for Emergency Flow Restricting Devices (EFRD), to mitigate risk to High Consequence Areas (HCAs) associated with a potential loos of containment. These regulations apply to pipelines transporting natural gas liquid (NGL) products that are highly volatile and may be released as both vapor and liquid. Approaches for performing EFRD analysis for liquid releases are well established. This presentation will provide an overview of how to assess the consequences of an NGL product release considering both the liquid (overland and in water transport) and vapor (atmospheric transport, fire, and explosions). An approach to EFRD analysis that accounts for the potentially conflicting optimal valve placement between vapor and liquid releases will be presented.

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Project Design, Construction, StartupPL45 Review of Field Data from Horizontal Directional Drilling

Jay Busey and Ali Ameli, Critical Crossings, LLC

Horizonal Directional Drilling (HDD) is a fast-growing method for installation of underground utility pipelines. As an outgrowth of the oil well drilling technology, HDD was evolved from drilling contractors' know-how. Theoretical models, e.g. cavity expansion and borehole stability were then applied on the method adopting it as an engineering practice. The technology, methodology and application of the HDD have been described well in numerous publications and video clips. There are also some interesting academic and model studies among HDD related literature, however, fewer publication was found on interpretation of HDD data obtained during construcution, which can bridge between theory and practice. This presentation provides data collected during drilling of pilot holes for several oil and gas pipelines with a legnths sum of approximately 29,000 ft.

12:00 P.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Pipeline - Project Design, Construction, StartupPL75 Successful Commissioning: How Planning and Agility Led to Success for Starting Gray Oak Pipeline

Douglas Perkins, P66

Phillips 66 successfully commissioned the Gray Oak pipeline in April 2020 - and 850 miles 30" crude pipeline system. The effort to commission the largest and most complex pipeline system in our network started early and had to be adaptable as the events of 2020 unfolded. In this session, we will address the parameters that were successfully managed, and the key learnings that were uncovered in bringing the assets and business systems online.

12:30 P.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Pipeline - Project Design, Construction, Startup *CANCELED* PL101 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 RP 1173 and API RP 1177, among others, is a way to make measureable 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.

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Cybernetics - Emerging TechnologiesCY7 Automating Operational Data Analytics

Marc Falzone, GHD

AI, machine learning, data science, and big data. What is this and how can it help a Pipeline Operational Control Center improve their KPIs such as safety, quality, cost, and delivery? In this presentation, we will discuss how a pipeline operations company can start their data analytics journey by exploring the following: -Data Wrangling: How can you gather data and use it more effectively? -Data Tools: Databases, AWS, Python, Matlab, and Java -Improved Understanding of Complex Issues: Observe, investigate and build understanding of current operations -Building operational models with predictive capabilities -Future pipeline automation possibilities This presentation will provide real examples of the how's and why's of data science. After this presentation, the audience will understand the steps to improve their business with their data.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Cybernetics - Emerging TechnologiesCY83 Lowering Cost Structures and Optimizing Maintenance Strategiees with Data Analytics

Brian McElhaney and Justin Wartsbaugh, Marathon Petroleum

Using Data Analytics, Marathon Pipe Line has yielded a 30% reduction in annual maintenance costs. Shifting from a calendar based, one size fits all approach, maintenance strategies were developed to adhere to the health and performance of each asset. While this approach may sound like added oversight and involvement, the methodology used to manage this maintenance approach is hands free and systemically driven. Included in this presentation are the methods used by Marathon Pipe Line to visualize, prioritize, and capitalize on asset performance data in order to increase equipment reliability and decrease maintenance costs. This presentation also outlines the tools used with the process, such as Tableua, SAP, and OSISoft PI.

3:00 P.M. — 3:30 P.M.

Cybernetics - Emerging Technologies PL44 IIoT and Edge Computing: Strategic Approaches, Opportunities & Decisions to Maximize Buisness Value

William Giles, Industrial Dominos and Jeff Whitney, Berkana Resources

The Cloud has enabled AI, Analyitics, and Big Data to advance to a point where technology is providing a medical "second opinion" on the appropriate treatment for cancer patients. The Cloud providers are expanding their offerings to incorporate Edge Computing, increasing the value of integrated analyitics at remote Operational Assets. Chip manufacturers are building IIot Gateways that enable products to be "born digital" with out-of-the-box integration. The existing provieres of OT technology continue to upgrade their offerings to incorporate IIoT capabilities. Pipeline Operators should develop a strategy on how/when to utilize the emerging edge technologies and the Business Value/Objectives they would like to obtain. This presentation provides strategic insights for Pipeline Operators to consider as they proactively preprare for the Digital Edge.

3:30 P.M. — 4:00 P.M.

Cybernetiscs - Emerging Technologies *CANCELED* PL12 Using Neutral Network Theory to Improve the Robustness of DAS Pipeline Leak Detection Systems

Peter Hayward, Fotech Group

External distributed optical fiber sensing solutions are considered as potentially attractive for pipeline integrity monitoring requirements, specifically when considering provision for continuous leak detection monitoring. The solution utilizes optical fiber cables co-located in the vicinity of the asset, in an effort to identify environmental vibrational and acoustic response dynamics attributable to the onset of loss of containment. Delivering potential for early-event indication, when loss-volumes remail low. Though, residual concerns remain, with respect to correctness of detection and associated False Positive reporting. Current capabilities of one system are presented, indicating True & False Positive performance. Prior to representing a new novel detection philosophy, based on Neural Network theory, that presents favorably for drastically reducing False Alarm rates without detriment to the positive solution potential.

11:00 A.M. — 11:30 A.M.

Cybernetics - Leak DetectionCY11 Full Scale Performance Validation and Verification of an External Fiber Oprtic Leak Detection System

Alasdair Murray, OptaSense

External Leak Detection systems based on distributed fiber optic sesors (DFOS) offer the potential to significantly reduce the overall amount of spilled product before a leak is detected and localized but are not well represented by industrial standards for validation and verification. A reproducible technology verification approach is offered using full scale, full flow live leak detection at the CTDUT test facility in Brazil. Performance bounds are established of 15 lpm leaks detected and classified via negative pressure pulse in ~1 minute. Additionally, mechanisms for in-field validation at customer sites and a methodology for system tuning are presented.

11:30 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.

Cybernetics - Leak DetectionCY35 Updates to API 1130 and API RP 1175

Jason Dalton, Marathon Pipe Line
API 1130 and API RP 1175 are the cornerstone documents regarding Leak Detection Systems and Programs, respectively. During 2020, a team of Pipeline Operators, Leak Detection Subject Matter Experts, Regulators, and Vendors worked together to revise and update the documents. This presentation will update the audience on the changes that have been made to these documents.

12:00 P.M. — 12:30 P.M.

Cybernetics - Leak DetectionCY78 Application Benefits of An Online Simulation System in a Gas Pipeline

Jun Zhang, Atmos International and Flavio Henrique, TBG

Due to recent incidents in gas pipelines, leak detection has become an important focus for many gas pipeline companies. Transportadora Brasileira Bolivia-Brasil S.A. (TBG) is the owner and operator of the 1958 mile Bolivia-Brazil natural gas pipeline, known as GASBOL. This presentation will describe the implementation of a new online simulation system for the operation and integrity monitoring which has been a necessary measure to face the challenges imposed by the transformation of the Brazilian gas market. The application includes the calculation of compressor fuel gas consumption, leak detection, linepack monitoring, look-ahead modeling, data fault handling, and reliable running of the complete network model.

12:30 P.M. — 1:00 P.M.

Cybernetics - Leak DetectionCY85 Survey of Facilities Leak Detection Technology

Bridget Fitzpatrick, Wood PLC

This presentation will provide an overview of leak detection technologies, with a summary of key attributes including: -Principle of Detection -Minimum Leak Size Detection -Leak Detection Sensitivity (Speed of Detection) -Instrumentation Requirements -Leak Location Accuracy The presentation will also provide a summary of specific project and survey of general industry experience, best use cases, complications, and challenges by technology type. Relative cost will also be summarized.

2:00 P.M. — 2:30 P.M.

Cybernetics - Cybersecurity *CANCELED* CY90 API 1164 v 3: The Biggest Impact to IAC Cybersecurity in a Decade

Tom Aubuchon, EthoSecure

Three years in the making; over 75 industry expert contributors with 1000+ years of combined experience; 25 all day workshops, more than 300 working sessions totaling north of 5,000 hours of work by dozens of companies and 3 Industry Trade Groups. The rewrite is over. Its finally here! The new broad consensus Industrial Automation and Control Cybersecurity Standard: API 1164, and the results are profound for Industrial Automation and Control cybersecurity. SPOILER ALERT: its impact will be farther reaching than the natural gas and hazardous liquid transmission pipelines, natural gas distribution pipeline systems, and liquified natural gas industry scope in which it was written. Hear the story of the journey and learn how it will impact your own industrial automation control cybersecurity system.

2:30 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.

Cybernetics - CybersecurityCY93 NIST CSF Integration Methodology

Brandy Miller, Marathon Petroleum

Integrating cybersecurity into CI/OT environments becomes increasingly necessary as threats to these environments continue to develop. In this session we will address a methodology which can be used to introduce, design, and implement cybersecurity in alignment with NIST CSF 800.82 control sets within CI/OT business units. Topics will include: Change Introduction, Control Selection and Design, Continual Alignment Strategies, Implementation and Road Mapping

3:00 P.M. — 3:30 P.M.

Cybernetics - CybersecurityCY92 Never, Next, Now... What To Patch When In ICS

Dale Peterson, Digital Bond

The goal of an organization is not to have fully patched cyber assets. It is to manage risk to an acceptable level. ICS-Patch is a risk-based, decision tree approach that identifies if a patch should be applied ASAP, on the maintenance schedule, or deferred. The factors in the decision tree can be pulled from the asset inventory and automated. The result is a much lower patching burden and efforts focused on patches that provide significant risk reduction. Note: ICS-Patch is a customized verson of CERT-CC's SSVC approach, and a full white paper is available if needed. It is not related to any product, and is freely available content.

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