These free informational and Q & A sessions, cover a wide range of topics on asset integrity management and regulatory ramifications for the oil and gas industry. The topics focus on multiple solutions that obtain quality data, which informs the best decisions, and planning capability for the near and long term. Select a region below to discover your customized sessions.

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17 June 2020, 12 pm CST

Material property and attribute verification is a fundamental aspect of the changing landscape in gas transmission regulation. Understanding the properties and attributes of each pipe and component is critical for safe operation. The intent of regulation is to support robust pipeline operations and integrity management by ensuring decisions are based on TVC documentation, properties and attributes. Part 1 of the regulation amendments has introduced a specific clause, 192.607, that sets out guidance for how material properties and attributes must be documented. 192.607 is referenced through various sections of new regulations. It is also expected to feature in part 2 of the regulation changes. In this session we will walk through the requirements of 192.607 and describe best practice for complying using technology.

Simon Slater, Principal Integrity Engineer, ROSEN Group


24 June 2020, 12 pm CST

Pipeline piggability can be a difficult to classify. There are many considerations related to the pipeline, the threat being assessment, and associated economics. Recent changes to gas pipeline regulations have significant new requirements if a segment is classified as piggable. Understanding how to determine if a pipeline can accommodate an inspection tool will be reviewed, along with the required considerations for the associated integrity assessment. Newly incorporate API Std 1163 will be used to support this discussion.

Stefan Vages, Project Manager for Challenging Pipeline Diagnostics, ROSEN Group


8 July 2020, 12 pm CST

Probably the most significant addition to the regulations following issue of the Mega Rule is the requirement for MAOP re-confirmation. Under specific circumstances, and related to whether traceable, verifiable and complete records for establishing MAOP are available, operators are required to reconfirm MAOP. In accordance with 192.624, this can be achieved using six methods. Pressure testing, pressure reduction, replacement or an Engineering Critical Assessment (ECA) are the four options that will be considered in the majority of scenarios. Even before proceeding with any kind of MAOP reconfirmation process, establishing covered segments, selecting which method is most appropriate, and developing the required procedures represents a new and significant task that operations must deploy resources to. This session will discuss the details of 192.624 and introduce the aspect of ECAs.

Mark Wright, Principal Integrity Engineer, ROSEN Group


15 July 2020, 12 pm CST

An ECA is an analysis of whether or not an anomaly existing in a pipe is tolerable under specific loading conditions. There are three main components to the ECA process: defining the threats that must be considered, determining what defects exist in the pipeline most likely using in-line inspection, and analysis of those anomalies to calculate predicted burst pressure, in accordance with 192.712, or other appropriate failure criteria. The aim of this webinar is to walk through the ECA process, discussing the pertinent decision points and individual tasks required.

Simon Slater, Principal Integrity Engineer, ROSEN Group


22 July 2020, 12 pm CST

Long-seam integrity management is a relevant topic as part of changes to gas pipeline regulation. The essential elements of long-seam integrity management will be described and related to the changes in code associated with Subpart O, 192.710 Assessments outside of HCAs, and 192.632 ECA for MAOP Reconfirmation. The API 1176 recommended proactive for crack management will be used to support this discussion.

Rhett Dotson, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group


29 July 2020, 12 pm CST

Information and use cases will demonstrate how data management and integrity management can be connected with software tools, such as i.a. ROSEN’s NIMA, Esri’s Operations Dashboard, PODS, UPDM. Operators can leverage standards and software tools they may already have to support PHMSA 192.607 and 192.624.

Jackie Smith, Principal Integrity Management Systems, ROSEN Group
Mark Wright, Principal Integrity Engineer, ROSEN Group

Long Seam Integrity Management: What Does the Mega Rule Have to Say?

Long Seam Integrity Management Series

21 October 2020, 1 pm CST

Historically, long seam integrity has been managed in covered segments as a stable manufacturing feature by most natural gas operators. The modified log-secant equation has seen widespread use as an integrity model for long seam features. In July 2020, the first part of the long anticipated gas Mega Rule went into effect. The updated rule has significant implications on how gas operators can assess and manage the threat of long seam defects. In addition, new performance-based requirements can have significant implications on how and where operators must now assess long seam integrity. This presentation examines specific portions of the updated rule and identifies critical issues pertaining to long seam integrity for natural gas operators.

Rhett Dotson, Principal Integrity Engineer, ROSEN Group
Rhett Dotson has worked as a consultant in the oil and gas industry for 15 years. Rhett has developed technical expertise in analysis and testing for structural components and pipeline systems. His work with offshore systems has included strength and fatigue analysis performed on topsides and subsea components. His work with pipeline systems has included assessment and engineering support for anomalies in vintage pipeline systems as well as accident investigations due to third-party damage in both onshore and offshore pipeline systems. Rhett has also served as an expert witness for a pipeline operator involving settlement-related issues.

Selective Seam Weld Corrosion: A New, Old Problem

Long Seam Integrity Management Series

4 November 2020, 1 pm CST

This presentation will walk through a structured approach for managing the threat of selective seam weld corrosion (SSWC). It will begin with an introduction to the threat, emphasizing the need to fully understand the specific morphology of SSWC, materials in which it is present and factors that can be attributed to line pipe segments that are considered susceptible. Managing SSWC requires an appropriate assessment method combined with a focused evaluation process, to ensure the necessary levels of POD, POI and sizing can be realized. The use of an enhanced in-line inspection (ILI) system to meet these ends will be presented. Finally, the process of prioritizing anomalies for verification and subsequent remediation plans in line with the regulatory requirements will be discussed.

Simon Slater, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group
Simon Slater is a Principal Materials and Welding engineer based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. Simon joined the ROSEN Group in 2011 after more than 15 years in the steel industry, working in research & development and oil & gas pipe manufacturing. He has extensive expertise in metallurgy, welding engineering, material properties and testing, manufacturing processes and structural integrity assessments. He is a chartered engineer and member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Long Seam Cracking: Don’t “Crack” it Open

Long Seam Integrity Management Series

9 December 2020, 1 pm CST

This presentation will include a series of case studies and representative examples to demonstrate a full integrity management cycle to manage the threat of cracking in longitudinal seam welds. The presentation will cover threat identification, inspection tool selection, data interpretation, and anomaly response. The key aspect of this process will be the decision-making process, all of which will be underpinned by risk. The process will demonstrate how an operator may satisfy regulatory obligations and then go beyond to justify, or not, other preventative and mitigative actions.

Mark Wright, Principal Integrity Engineer, ROSEN Group
Mark is a principal integrity/risk engineer with 16 years industrial experience in oil, gas and chemical process industries. Specializing in design, implementation and operation of asset and risk management programs, Mark has provided a range of programmatic solutions for pipelines and related facilities for a range of international operators.