DOT Pipeline Safety Regulations
Overview and Guidelines for Compliance

November 1-2, 2010
Houston, Texas



This 2-day seminar is designed for pipeline company personnel in regulatory compliance, operational, or engineering roles. The seminar program will cover detailed information in select focus areas to benefit actual practitioners, but it will also cover a range of topics in an abbreviated manner that is suitable for management.

The seminar will review major compliance requirements of the following elements of Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations affecting the operation of gas and hazardous liquids pipelines - CFR 49, Parts 192 and 195:

  • Applicability of regulations to different piping systems (including OPS interpretations)
  • Variations in Federal and State jurisdiction
  • Key definitions (Gathering, Transmission, etc.)
  • Review of upcoming rules and key compliance deadlines
  • Reporting requirements for accidents and safety related conditions
  • Pipeline Integrity Management
  • Operator Qualification

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Regulatory requirements for Pipeline Integrity Management will be covered in detail.
The major technical and practical application aspects of the following baseline assessment methodologies will be reviewed:

  • In-line inspection
  • Pressure testing
  • Direct assessment

In addition, the seminar will examine compliance requirements and options for these specific elements of pipeline integrity management:

  • Applicability of the various regulations
  • Definition of High Consequence Areas (HCAs)
  • Determining pipeline corridor buffer zones
  • Key deadlines and compliance dates
  • Integrity assessment options (pros/cons & implementation enhancements)

Course Notes

Participants will receive a detailed set of course notes for reference after the course. Fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks on both days.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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Special attention will also be given to Operator Qualification in particular:

  • Criteria for determination of covered tasks and applicability
  • Compliance options for company personnel and contractors
  • Commercially available industry-wide qualification alternatives
  • Interpretation and enforcement issues
  • OQ2


George Williamson, is currently Segment Engineering Technical Authority – Inspection, for the Upstream Global Projects group within BP. He has more than 25 years of Operations, Maintenance and Integrity Management experience. He is a registered professional engineer, NACE certified corrosion and a cathodic protection specialist. He has managed compliance and integrity programs for production facilities, gathering systems, liquid and gas transmission pipelines. David E. Bull, ARM, is well known throughout the gas industry for outstanding training programs, development of the odorization audit and expertise in regulatory compliance and evaluating damage prevention programs. His experience includes risk assessments for over 75 gas utilities for AEGIS Insurance Services, membership on the Damage Prevention Quality Action Team (Dig Safely) and as a staff member at the Transportation Safety Institute, Pipeline Division. David has over 28 years experience helping pipeline operators to assess and manage their risk and liability exposures. Mr. Bull is also a principal in ViaData LLC, publishers of WinD.O.T., The Pipeline Safety Encyclopedia and Contributing Editor to Pipeline & Gas Technology magazine.

Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences

Tiratsoo Technical

Supported by: PIPE Pipelines International The Journal of Pipeline Engineering