Program


DAY 1, January 23, 2014

07:30-08:15

REGISTRATION AND LIGHT BREAKFAST

08:15-08:20

CHAIR'S WELCOME ADDRESS

John A. Jacobi, P.E., J.D.
Vice President, Pipeline Systems Compliance and Operations Services
G2 Partners LLC
Former CATS Manager Southwest Region
PHMSA

08:20-09:00

OPENING KEYNOTE

Building and operating pipelines in an era of rapid change

  • Reviewing the ongoing challenges facing pipeline operators
  • Understanding the future capacity requirements of pipelines as a result of shale and tight oil production
  • Exploring how regulations are changing in this world of new construction
  • Highlighting best practices that have seen safety, quality and environmental stewardship improve while remaining on time and on budget

Bill Boyer
President
Centurion Pipeline, LP and Occidental Energy Transportation, LLC


09:00-09:40

PANEL DISCUSSION

Developing a positive corporate culture towards safety and regulatory compliance

 
  • Treating regulations as a starting point: How can you inspire your team to go the extra mile?
  • First steps: Examples of how you can use regulations to drive business improvements
  • Gaining management buy-in for why you should go above and beyond the basic regulations
  • Making safety management a core part of your organization’s culture

John A. Jacobi, P.E., J.D.
Vice President, Pipeline Systems Compliance and Operations Services
G2 Partners LLC
Former CATS Manager Southwest Region
PHMSA


Paul R. Amato
Vice President, Engineering, Operations and Environmental, Health & Safety
Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company



Randy Vaughn
Senior Project Manager
Sprint Pipeline Services
Former Pipeline Integrity Program Lead
The Railroad Commission of Texas


William (Bill) Lowry
CATS Project Manager, Southwest Region Office
PHMSA


09:40-11:00

PRE-ARRANGED 1-2-1 MEETINGS AND REFRESHMENTS

11:00-11:35

INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT

Case study: Establishing an integrity administration plan for onshore and offshore pipelines in Mexico

  • Capitalizing on the benefits of technology and international best practices to move away from visual inspections and reactive maintenance
  • Developing the Pipeline Integrity Administration Plan (PAID) for all of PEMEX's onshore and offshore pipelines
  • Improving data collection and management
  • Utilizing a "New Gen" algorithm called EPRA to enhance the accuracy of risk analysis
  • Organizing resources to mitigate risk, such as ILI, HP, direct assessment, guided waves, inspection of cathodic protection and clamps installation
  • What benefits has PEMEX seen as a result of implementing this program?

Fidel Espíndola Cruz
Integrity and Risk Analyst
PEMEX Refinación


PROJECTS & CONSTRUCTION

Case study: Implementing an ambitious multi-year infrastructure replacement program at Questar Gas

  • Infrastructure replacement: Where did it begin and why did Questar Gas become involved? Understanding the magnitude of the project
  • Outlining how much has been accomplished to date
  • Exploring the challenges of working in urban and congested areas
  • One secret to success: Picking the correct contractor
  • Infrastructure replacement going forward - What does the future hold?

Brad Hasty
General Manager of Engineering and Project Management
Questar Gas Company


11:35-12:10

WORKSHOP: INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT

The role of in-line inspection technologies as effective means for meeting the need for traceable, verifiable and complete records for vintage pipeline

  • Background on the need for traceable, verifiable and complete records for vintage pipeline
  • General overview on pipeline characteristics and identification of essential key parameters affecting pipeline integrity
  • The role of conventional ILI technologies – capabilities and gaps
  • Application of a new ILI sensor technology allowing the direct measurement of the pipeline material properties

Markus Ginten
Manager Application Competencies
ROSEN Technology and Research Center


WORKSHOP: PROJECTS & CONSTRUCTION

The Tamar Project: Novel practices for deep-water pipeline pre-commissioning and in-line inspection

  • Exploring innovative engineering, pre-commissioning and inspection techniques developed to deliver the Tamar field in a timely and resource efficient manner
  • Overcoming the challenges posed during pre-commissioning procedures
  • An overview of the operating principle, benefits of and advancements in UT technology
  • Successfully performing the baseline inspection survey using new generation ultrasonic wall measurement technology

 

Mark Slaughter
Global Product Line Manager for Inline Inspection
Weatherford


Sponsored by: WEATHERFORD

12:10-12:35

PRE-ARRANGED 1-2-1 MEETINGS

12:35-13:35

Networking Lunch

13:35-14:10

RESEARCH ANALYSIS

A risk-based analysis of pipeline integrity management solutions

  • Exploring the capabilities and limitations of current technology
  • The next generation of tools: Changing what is possible in leak detection
  • Describing a typical pipeline risk model
  • Understanding how different technologies impact the pipeline risk

Adrian Banica
CEO
SYNODON Inc.


Sponsored by: Synodon Inc.

14:10-14:45

INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT

Case study: Developing a new ILI tool for an in-service hydrogen pipeline

  • Why is it necessary to undertake inspection while the pipeline is in service?
  • Exploring the deficiencies of traditional ILI techniques for a hydrogen pipeline
  • Outlining the journey so far:
    • Why did the project team start from scratch?
    • Selecting a vendor for R&D
    • Overcoming unexpected challenges
  • Utilizing this experience for the future

Stephen R. Guenther
Pipeline Project Manager
Air Products


PROJECTS & CONSTRUCTION

Case study: East Cheyenne Gas Storage - A greenfield project’s journey from concept to completion

  • Understanding the forces shaping midstream infrastructure development
  • Walking through how ECGS successfully completed construction, start-up, and full demonstration of injection and withdrawal capabilities within a year of receiving amended FERC approval
  • Offering best practices in robust project planning to work internally and with partners to control costs, stay on schedule, and drive positive outcomes
  • Discussing lessons learned to date and how ECGS’s experience will inform future projects like the Tallulah Gas Storage facility

James Hoff
Vice President of Reservoir Engineering
Midstream Energy Holdings, LLC


14:45-15:20

WORKSHOP: INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT

Production optimization and corrosion mitigation through safe and efficient pigging

  • Reviewing applications of new technologies
  • Exploring the pros and cons of pigging valves versus conventional pigging equipment
  • Cost comparisons and where they fit

Rick Fairman
Manager, Sales and Marketing
Argus Machine Co.


Sponsored by: Argus Machine Co Ltd

WORKSHOP: PROJECTS & CONSTRUCTION

Optimizing DOT compliance through mobility

  • Transforming your EHS compliance through mobile technology
  • Gaining control of regulatory data and compliance issues
  • Streamlining incident resolution workflows to aid with regulatory compliance

Jessica O'Brien
HSE Compliance Auditor
NuStar Energy


Sponsored by: IEA / regAction

15:20-15:50

PRE-ARRANGED 1-2-1 MEETINGS AND REFRESHMENTS

15:50-16:30

PANEL DISCUSSION

Comparing and contrasting future technologies to improve asset integrity management

 
  • What can we expect from inspection technologies in the next 5-10 years?
  • Top tips for selecting the right tool for the job
  • Best practices in allocating your resources in risk management
  • Analyzing communication tools to connect the field and office

John A. Jacobi, P.E., J.D.
Vice President, Pipeline Systems Compliance and Operations Services
G2 Partners LLC
Former CATS Manager Southwest Region
PHMSA


Markus Ginten
Manager Application Competencies
ROSEN Technology and Research Center



Paul R. Amato
Vice President, Engineering, Operations and Environmental, Health & Safety
Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company



Randy Vaughn
Senior Project Manager
Sprint Pipeline Services
Former Pipeline Integrity Program Lead
The Railroad Commission of Texas

Sponsored by: Rosen Group

16:30-17:10

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Innovation and collaboration to create the next generation of pipeline construction and integrity management tools

  • Discussing what is driving the pipeline industry's current research priorities
  • Understanding innovation and seeking a way to change the paradigm
  • What resources need to be committed to driving success in R&D projects?
  • Offering ways to coordinate the efforts of different contributors and stakeholders towards common goals
  • Highlighting new and upcoming tools, tactics, and technologies that will change the way pipelines are built, maintained, and monitored

 

Cliff Johnson
President
Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI)


17:10-17:15

CHAIR'S CLOSING REMARKS

John A. Jacobi, P.E., J.D.
Vice President, Pipeline Systems Compliance and Operations Services
G2 Partners LLC
Former CATS Manager Southwest Region
PHMSA

17:15-18:15

NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION

Sponsored by: Synodon Inc.


DAY 2 - January 24, 2014

08:00-08:30

NETWORKING AND LIGHT BREAKFAST

08:30-08:40

CHAIR'S OPENING REMARKS AND REVIEW OF DAY ONE

John A. Jacobi, P.E., J.D.
Vice President, Pipeline Systems Compliance and Operations Services
G2 Partners LLC
Former CATS Manager Southwest Region
PHMSA

08:40-09:20

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Incident prevention practices: Strategies for mitigating third party damage

  • Understanding the root causes responsible for the 350,000 third-party damage incidents in 2012
  • Educating the public on 811 and the need to call before they dig: How far along are we, and how can we further raise awareness?
  • Working with all stakeholders to find new ways to reduce incidents
  • Discussing the CGA plans and programs for 2014 and beyond

Bob Kipp
President
Common Ground Alliance


09:20-09:55

WORKSHOP: INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT

Inspection and remediation of difficult to access atmospheric crossings

  • Understanding the challenges associated with inspecting pipe attached to bridges or spanning rivers
  • Reviewing the equipment and tools necessary for access
  • Offering best practices for inspection methodology
  • What do you need to know about remediation of pipe, supports, and coating in this context?

 

Tim Bechtel
Atmospheric Department Manager
BGL Asset Services


Sponsored by: BGL Asset Service

09:55-11:15

PRE-ARRANGED 1-2-1 MEETINGS AND REFRESHMENTS

11:15-11:55

CASE STUDY

Using GIS tools to identify and mitigate integrity management challenges

  • Outlining the capabilities of modern Geographic Information Systems and what they can contribute to integrity management planning
  • Offering best practices to collect an actionable dataset and build a model that identifies risks
  • Working with engineers to examine the model and seek mitigating strategies
  • Comparing this process to previous risk-based integrity management practices in terms of resources, time, money, and end results
  • Demonstrating GIS-assisted integrity management in action using a case study on induced AC corrosion by high voltage power lines

Jerry Ring
Senior GIS Analyst and GIS Integrity Analyst
Williams Companies


11:55-12:30

WORKSHOP: PROJECTS & CONSTRUCTION

Case study: Innovative solutions in pipeline survey and data delivery from a recently completed 500-mile project

  • Identifying the unique challenges of the project and working with partners to develop solutions
  • Setting up processes that will allow for a full data lifecycle from cradle to grave
  • Choosing the right technologies for each stage of the project, and leveraging them to their full potential
  • Ensuring final delivery goes beyond ‘good enough’ to exceed expectations
  • Reviewing best practices and lessons learned as they can be applied to ongoing and future projects

Chris Duda
VP US Operations
LW Survey Company



Craig Maier
VP Business Development
LW Survey Company


Sponsored by: LW Survey Company

12:30-13:50

THEMED LUNCH

Benefit from some additional networking and ask your questions about specific topics at themed lunches hosted by our commercial partners. Places are limited so sign up in the registration area.

Lunches will be hosted by:

  • Argus Machine Co Ltd - "Pigging valves as an alternative to conventional barrel style launchers and receivers"
     
  • Exp Energy Services Inc. - "Risk management as a tool in lifecycle program management"
     
  • LW Survey Company - "What is your biggest  challenge with regards to survey on pipeline projects?"
     
  • Rosen Group - "Stress based fitness-for-service assessment for denting and buckling based on high precision In-Line Inspection geometry data"
     
  • Spartan Engineering Inc - "How do you optimize your GIS mapping and data cycle workflow?" 

Additional seating will be provided if you would prefer to discuss other topics during lunch.
 

13:50-14:25

GTI UPDATE

Collaborative research and development driving innovation in the pipeline industry

  • Highlighting exciting R&D projects including:
    • Identifying gas quality issues and mitigating the impact of corrosive trace constituents
    • Case studies of new applications for GPS as a third-party damage mitigation tool
    • Modeling tools for statistical analysis of cracks and dents in corroded pipe
    • A 10-year, $20-million project on the effectiveness of field-applied coatings 
  • Illustrating the benefits of cooperation and collaboration between partner organizations in the search for better solutions to universal challenges

Brian Weeks
Regional Manager
Gas Technology Institute


14:25-15:00

CASE STUDY

Connecting the dots - a data-driven approach to pipeline management

  • Understanding how statistics can inform and impact pipeline projects
  • Aligning operator objectives with quantifiable goals and clear key performance indicators
  • Establishing and maintaining an effective data collection system
  • Moving from analysis to action: What do the metrics mean in the decision-making process?
  • Illustrating analytics in action using examples from FortisBC’s asset sustainment programs

Lee Robson
Asset Sustainment Manager
FortisBC



Soyean Kim
Senior Forecast Analyst
FortisBC


15:00-15:10

CHAIR’S CONCLUDING REMARKS AND CLOSE OF SUMMIT

John A. Jacobi, P.E., J.D.
Vice President, Pipeline Systems Compliance and Operations Services
G2 Partners LLC
Former CATS Manager Southwest Region
PHMSA