Date(s) - Mar 06, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 am MST
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulation changes, commonly referred to as the “Mega Rule,” were developed to enhance the safety of gas transmission and gathering pipelines in the United States. An opportunity exists for operators to gain compliance certainty by further leveraging value from records and data integration programs by fully exploiting a strategy to employ ECA (192.624 Method 3) and engineering methods as a universal approach for Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure Reconfirmation (MAOP-R). This strategy will generally require orders of magnitude fewer resources but make a significantly larger business impact, limiting the use of hydrotests (Method 1) pipe replacement (Method 4), and pressure reductions (Method 2&5) as niche / specific-condition approaches.
In a business environment of limited debt and equity capital, high interest rates, and continued cost pressures from customers and industry regulators, optimizing MAOP-R compliance via state-of-the-art technology and engineering approaches creates a “win-win-win” between operators, regulators, and the public. To address the current economic and regulatory climate, Dynamic Risk has been working collaboratively with major pipeline companies that operate a large portion of the gas pipeline mileage across the United States. Our core safety and reliability domain expertise facilitates the development of data and technology-enabled programs and practices, which are critical to optimally meet the time-sensitive requirements of the Mega Rule.
Please join us on Wednesday, March 6th, at 11:00 am CST, to attend a live discussion hosted by Ben Mittelstadt, VP, Strategic Business, and Dan Williams, Principal Consultant, at Dynamic Risk, in which they will explore the foundational elements of the business case and strategy of primarily leveraging ECAs for MAOP-R and successfully adhere to PHMSA’s requirements for Part 192 Ruling.
VP, Strategic Business
Ben Mittelstadt has 20 years of experience related to engineering, project management, and integrity management of pipelines with extensive experience with integrity assessment methods including in-line inspection and hydrostatic testing for integrity management. He also has six years of direct field experience related to in-service pipeline engineering, construction, field NDE techniques, and defect assessment. Ben has led in development and execution of all aspects of Integrity Management Plans (IMPs), as well as working with pipeline operators in support of regulatory compliance and incident response. Ben earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 2001, is a Professional Engineer in Texas and Massachusetts, and has served as a senior-level integrity engineer and manager of risk management for two major pipeline operators.
Dan Williams – Principal Consultant
Dan is a Principal Consultant at Dynamic Risk where he is responsible for providing technical leadership in pipeline engineering assessment and risk management services. This includes providing subject matter expert guidance on the development of pipeline risk algorithms (leveraging in-line inspection, direct assessment and GIS inputs), conducting threat-based engineering assessments, assessing in-line inspection performance validation and reporting on risk results as actionable risk reports that can support effective decision-making for clients. This work has also included providing regulatory support in these areas. This experience is supported by a detailed knowledge of pipeline threat susceptibility factors and consequence considerations. Dan has provided the technical leadership for successful risk algorithm implementations and engineering assessments that have been conducted with both liquids and gas transmission pipeline clients in Canada and the United States.