Day One

08:30    Virtual Event Platform Opens. Log on and introduce yourself to the virtual platform & introduce introduce yourself to other participants

09:00     Welcome & Introduction From American Business Conferences

How To Comply With The Gas Transmission Rule

Senior industry figures and leading regulatory experts address what the new Gas Transmission Rule will mean in practice and how pipeline operators can best operate and invest in their assets to stay compliant.

COMPLIANCE PANEL: BREAKING DOWN THE MEGA RULE

09:00 Gaining Clarity On Every Aspect Of The Gas Transmission Rule To Comprehend The Cost

This opening keynote features three ten-minute presentations from regulatory experts and risk management professionals on:

1.    ILI Inspection: Understand the impact of the new standards for ILI Inspection will mean for inspection operations

2.    MCAs / HCAs: Understand what the extra demand on resources will be and discover strategies for meeting them

3.    MAOP: Understand what MAOP verification and confirmation means for the resourcing of pressure testing

Brandi Wolfe, Senior Engineer, Project Lead,  Paramount Energy Consulting Group

09:30 Extended Virtual Question and Answer Session

SENIOR OPERATOR PANEL: HOW TO PREPARE

09:45    Discover Cost-Effective Strategies for Complying With The Gas Transmission Rule

This panel features three ten-minute presentations from senior industry figures on:

1.    ILI Inspection: What are the new approaches being taken to inspect both piggable and unpiggable pipelines?

2.    Field Communications: What are the strategies being implemented to ensure quality data?

3.    Data Analytics: How are industry leaders maximising the value of the data they receive?

Chuck Clem, Senior Pipeline Operations ManagerCrestwood Midstream Partners

Josh Thomas, COO, Candor Midstream LLC

Amy WrightDirector of Pipeline Safety & Asset IntegrityWilliams

10:15     Extended Virtual Question and Answer Session

10:30     Break. Participants can visit the Virtual Exhibition Area. 

Optimize Data Aquisition Through The Integration of Proven Technologies And Strategies

Now that the industry is confronted with more stringent regulatory requirements, how do we ensure communication and data acquisition is optimized to meet those higher standards...?

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: REDUCING HUMAN ERROR IN NON-DESTRUCTIVE EXAMINATIONS

11:00    Roundtable Discussions

Participants will be invited to join a roundtable discussion on one of the following topics. How are fellow operators and service providers confronting some of most pressing pipeline integrity challenges?

Join a roundtable on one of the following topics:

1. Mega Rule compliance Issues. 

2. Improving Field Communications

3. Cost-Effective Approaches To In-Line Inspection

4. Advanced Cathodic Protection Technique  

How To Define And Decipher What Your Data Is Telling You And Implement Its Findings To Meet Higher Regulatory Strongholds

Digital transformation has meant that we can collect more data than ever. But the sheer amount of data available brings with it a host of challenges. How can we ensure we are seizing the opportunity inherent in the data?

MAKING BETTER USE OF ALL AVAILABLE DATA

11:35     Prioritizing Risk: Strategies For Harnessing And Analyzing Large Amounts Of Data To Meet The Latest Regulatory Requirements

  • How to efficiently manage and analyze large amounts of data in order to make better decisions
  • How to target spend so to build stronger databases and better integrate your data
  • How to manage data coming in from numerous sources and prioritize what is actually important
  • How to improve your data literacy so that you can comprehend what the data is actually telling you

Kelly ThompsonStaff Risk Engineer, Williams

12:05    Virtual Question and Answer Session

12:15     Lunch Break. Participants can visit the Virtual Exhibition Area. 

The Future of In-Line Inspection: Cost-Effective Technologies And Strategies For Long Term Compliance

In-Line Inspection takes up a large part of any integrity budget, and with more stringent regulatory requirements these costs may be set to rise. How to stay compliant in the long-term whilst ensuring cost-effectiveness?

OVERCOMING COST PROHIBITIVE INLINE INSPECTION

13:45    Understand The Specific Regulatory Impact On Line Inspection Requirements For Integrity Management And The Cost-Effective Approaches To Meeting Them

  • Clarity on the additional pipelines being regulated and how leading pipeline operators are adequately implementing them into their existing programs
  • Ensure the tools you're using are collating all the necessary data for an integrity audit
  • How to cost-effectively incorporate smaller segments of pipe into your integrity management programme

14:10    Virtual Question and Answer Session

Amy WrightDirector of Pipeline Safety & Asset IntegrityWilliams

ILI INSPECTION FOR UNPIGGABLE PIPELINES

14:20    Investigate The Cutting Edge Technology Which Can Assist Both Short-Term Repairs And Long Term Integrity Management Decisions On Unpiggable Pipelines

  • How to inspect unpiggable pipelines and pinpoint smaller leaks
  • How does it operate in smaller diameters of pipe?
  • How can it compliment your existing inspection technology?
  • What are the cost implications?
  • How can these technologies be incorporated into your existing programmes?

Chuck Clem, Senior Pipeline Operations ManagerCrestwood Midstream Partners

15:00   Virtual Question and Answer Session

15:15   Break. Participants can visit the Virtual Exhibition Area. 

Pipeline Integrity & Corrosion Mitigation: Utilize Technology To Anticipate And Prevent Pipeline Corrosion

Corrosion remains a common and costly problem for pipeline operators, but with the latest technologies and innovations it is also a problem which is avoidable. This section looks at just how that can be achieved.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: ANTICIPATING CORROSION

16:00    Utilize Your Data To Build An External Corrosion Program That Keeps You Ahead Of The Corrosion Threat

  • Utilize best gathering practices and big data in order to mitigate against corrosion and cracks
  • Build maintenance programmes that allow you to proactively plan ahead for the long term
  • Learn from industry leaders how to incorporate these practices into existing programmes
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: AC MITIGATION FOR CATHODICALLY PROTECTED PIPELINES

16:35    Evaluating The Business Case For Investing In New Cathodic Protection Techniques To Tackle Corrosion And Prevent Excessive AC Interference

  • Cost-effective approaches to preventing voltage spikes
  • Reduce AC Current density to protect against AC induced corrosion
  • Utilize AC modelling software to evaluate to impact of fault currents and plan accordingly
  • How is the technology advancing in order that long term solutions be found?

17:00    Virtual Question and Answer Session

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: FIXED LINE INFARED

17:10    How Reliable Is FLIR Technology And How Can It Compliment Your Existing Inspection Programme?

  • A case study in the use of FLIR Technology - what are the benefits? What are the costs?
  • How can FLIR complement your programme?
  • What are the new innovations within FLIR that are approaching?

17:35    Virtual Question and Answer Session

17:45    Chair's Closing Remarks

18:00    End of Day One

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