Integrity Management for Gas Pipelines

This workshop is intended for individuals who are familiar with integrity management programs. Recent hires and staff recently given IMP responsibilities are welcome to attend this workshop, but should have a basic understanding of integrity management programs. Operations and maintenance engineers, senior technicians and regulatory compliance personnel responsible for aspects of their company's transmission integrity management program will find this workshop informative.

Scope

This workshop goes beyond understanding U.S. PHMSA IMP regulations and ASME B31.8S, Managing the Integrity of Gas Pipelines, and focuses on the future of IMP. Workshop instructors will provide an overview of IMP basics as well as regulatory requirements and processes. Instructors will then look specifically at the impact of IMP regulations that are on the horizon. This workshop also includes an interactive discussion centered around learning from past history and looking beyond.

 

Topics

  • Introduction to Integrity Management 
  • PHMSA IMP Regulations
  • IMP Process Risk Analysis 
  • IMP Process – Data Gathering & Risk Assessment 
  • Integrity Assessment Methods
  • Responses to Integrity Assessments 
  • Prevention and Mitigation (Such as Corrosion Control) 
  • Responses Outside of HCAs 
  • Recent IMP Issues & Practices 
  • Putting All the IMP Pieces Together 
  • Future Expectations
  • Interactive threats and consequences
  • Verifying MAOP
  • R&D for tools that verify MAOP
  • ILI Research
  • Industry trends for documentation
  • Acceptable verifiables and records
  • Reassesments and risk analysis trends
  • Scenarios of low probability with high consequence
  • Recommended best practices based on the 1st 10 years
  • Regulatory focus on safety: people, property damage, and more
  • Business consequences: leveraging risk management in the IMP context

 

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding what constitutes an IMP Program and Plan
  • How to perform risk analyses and their uses
  • What data is necessary for an effective IMP, validation, and how to do data integration
  • Learn the basics of the 3 major assessment techniques, ILI, DA & pressure test
  • Learn how to plan effective ILI assessments and organize to prioritize the results
  • Review the near term anticipated regulatory initiatives, actions and their impact on the industry and IMP programs inside and outside HCAs.

 

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE RECOMMENDATIONS

Students should have a fundamental understanding of natural gas pipeline facilities, their design, construction, operation and maintenance. While instructors will provide a brief overview of IMP, it is recommended that students review the following materials to familiarize themselves with some of the key components of integrity management programs:

 

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