Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
George R. Brown Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel
February 27 - March 2, 2017


February 27
  7:30am Registration & coffee
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
February 28
  8:00am-4:45pm Course

The course will bring you up to speed on these changes in the regulations affecting gas and hazardous liquids pipelines, expected in 2017:

  • Pipelines built before 1970 must now be tested.
  • New repair and replacement criteria for pipelines inside and outside of High Consequence Areas.
  • Tightened standards for pressure tests PHMSA guidance on how to evaluate internal inspection results to identify anomalies.
  • Requirements for conducting risk assessment for integrity management, including seismic risk.
  • Expanded mandatory data collection and integration requirements for integrity management, including data validation and seismicity.
  • Additional post-construction quality inspections to address coating integrity and cathodic protection issues.
  • Required new safety features for pipeline launchers and receivers.
  • Required systematic approach to verify MAOP and report exceedances.
  • Required leak-detection systems, and timelines for inspections of affected pipelines following an extreme weather event or natural disaster.
  • Required annual evaluation of protective measures in High Consequence Areas, with established deadlines for internal inspections where possible for any new or replaced pipeline that could affect an HCA.
  • Increased focus on a data- and risk-informed approach to safety by requiring integration of available data, including data on the operating environment, pipeline condition, and known manufacturing and construction defects.

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.)
  • Reporting requirements for accidents and safety related conditions
  • Pipeline Integrity Management
  • Operator Qualification

Operator Qualification

  • 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


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

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

On completion of the course, participants will be awarded 1.4 CEUs.


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.

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.

It will be necessary to bring a laptop to this course


Join these industry-leading solution providers at PPIM 2017

  • Absolute Pipeline Integrity
  • Ceco
  • Clariant
  • Deyuan Petroleum & Gas Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Direct Integrity
  • Drinkwater
  • Linde
  • Northern A-1
  • Proact
  • Subsea
  • TRC

 Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences     Tiratsoo Technical

 Platinum Elite Sponsor


 Platinum Sponsors

Precision Pigging     Riccardelli Consulting Services, Inc (RCS)

Gold Sponsor


 Silver Sponsors

A. Hak    N-Spec      TD Williamson       Circor Energy - Pipeline Engineering.png

WI-FI Sponsor

Supported by:

Pipelines International    PIPE     Journal of Pipeline Engineering    Pipeline & Gas Journal    the In Line Inspection Association     Oil & Gas Journal     PRCI     PPSA     North American Pipelines Inspectioneering Latincorr