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Definitions

AGA 7, AGA 9 & AGA 11: refer to the various types of linear meters (turbine, ultrasonic, and Coriolis, respectively) used for custody-transfer measurement applications to calculate oil and gas volumes.

API 1102: gives primary emphasis to provisions for public safety under conditions normally encountered in the pipeline industry. This Recommended Practice covers the design, installation, inspection, and testing required to ensure safe crossings of steel pipelines under railroads and highways.

API 1109: gives primary emphasis to provisions for public safety under conditions normally encountered in the pipeline industry. This Recommended Practice covers the design, installation, inspection, and testing required to ensure safe crossings of steel pipelines under railroads and highways.

API 1111: sets criteria for the design, construction, testing, operation, and maintenance of offshore steel pipelines utilized in the production, production support, or transportation of hydrocarbons; that is, the movement by pipeline of hydrocarbon liquids, gases, and mixtures of these hydrocarbons with water. This Recommended Practice may also be utilized for water injection pipelines offshore.

API 1113: assists SCADA system designers in identifying issues relevant to the development or redevelopment of a control center.

API 1114: provides basic guidance on the design and development of new solution-mined underground storage facilities. This Recommended Practice is based on the accumulated knowledge and experience of geologists, engineers, and other personnel in the petroleum industry.

API 1115: provides the functional recommendations for salt cavern facilities used for liquid hydrocarbon storage service and covers facility geomechanical assessments, cavern well design and drilling, and solution mining techniques and operations, including monitoring and maintenance practices.

API 1130: a recommended practice published by the American Petroleum Institute and incorporated by reference into the U.S. pipeline regulations in 49 CFR 195.134 and 49 CFR 195.444 for how pipeline operators should design, operate, and maintain their computational pipeline monitoring (CPM) systems. This is a critical document for any pipeline operator with CPM-based pipeline leak detection.

API 1133: applies to new and existing hydrocarbon pipelines that transport gas and hazardous liquids. This Recommended Practice is intended to apply to onshore waterways and coastal zones that may be susceptible to hydrotechnical hazards. An onshore waterway is any man-made or natural channel through which water flows. Coastal zones extend offshore to a water depth of 15 ft and extend inland to include those areas of land influenced by tidal action, storm surge, back water flooding, and other coastal hazards.

API 1149: defines the requirements for using computational models to evaluate uncertainties in a pipeline that affect leak detectability.

API 1160: provides a process within a management system framework for operators to assess potential risks and make day-to-day decisions. Through effective integrity management, pipeline operators can significantly reduce the likelihood of an incident and adverse effects on the public, employees, and the environment.

API 1161: provides guidance for developing and maintaining an Operator Qualification (OQ) program compliant with OQ regulations.

API 1162: provides guidance and recommendations to pipeline operators for the development and implementation of enhanced public awareness programs. This Recommended Practice addresses various elements of such programs, including the intended audiences, the kinds of information to be communicated, frequencies and methodologies for communicating the information, and evaluation of the programs for effectiveness.

API 1163: overs the use of in-line inspection (ILI) systems for onshore and offshore gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. This includes, but is not limited to, tethered, self-propelled, or free-flowing systems for detecting metal loss, cracks, mechanical damage, pipeline geometries, and pipeline location or mapping, The standard applies to both existing and developing technologies.

API 1164: outlines SCADA cybersecurity processes that could take years to implement correctly depending on the complexity of the SCADA system.

API 1165: refers to the Recommended Practice for Pipeline SCADA Displays. This standard outlines the best practices for designing and implementing displays that are used by controllers to evaluate information available in all operating conditions.

API 1166: gives primary emphasis to provisions for public safety under conditions normally encountered in the pipeline industry. This Recommended Practice covers the design, installation, inspection, and testing required to ensure safe crossings of steel pipelines under railroads and highways.

API 1167: a recommendation from PHMSA for rationalizing alarms in the control room. Rationalizing alarms means reviewing each alarm in the SCADA system and capturing the cause of the alarm, bad instrumentation or bad actors, and the operating condition.

API 1168: a Control Room Management guideline that outlines shift handover (SHO) requirements and adequate information in the control room.

API 1169: outlines the Pipeline Construction Inspection Certification requirements. The qualification requirements for API 1169 are based on a combination of the number of years of experience acquired within the last 20 years, plus education, and in some cases, other certifications.

API 1170: provides the functional recommendations for facilities that use natural gas storage service, including monitoring and maintenance practices.

API 1171: recommends that operators manage the integrity of natural gas storage in depleted oil and gas reservoirs. This recommended practice includes monitoring and maintenance.

API 1172: assists all parties to safely manage construction activities of new or modified facilities parallel to existing underground transmission pipelines.

API 1173: established the framework for operators to implement Pipeline Safety Management Systems (SMS). A significant part of this recommended practice is a training and competency aspect.

API 1174: provides to operators of onshore hazardous liquid pipelines a framework that promotes the continual improvement of emergency planning and response processes, including identification and mitigation of associated risks and implementation of changes from lessons learned. This Recommended Practice assists the operator in preparing for a safe, timely, and effective response to a pipeline emergency.

API 1175: a recommended practice published by the American Petroleum Institute addressing how pipeline operators should maintain their leak detection program. The goal of the standard is to have the best leak detection system possible by always looking for continuous improvements to the individual LDS components achieving operational buy-in with the culture, strategies, KPIs, and testing.

API 1176: enhances pipeline integrity by providing a comprehensive guide on how to predict and prevent pipeline failures due to cracking.

API 1177: provides a framework for a quality management system (QMS) for onshore pipeline construction.

API 1178: provides instruction on data integration that supplements other API pipeline integrity documents, specifically API RP 1160, Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines for Integrity Management.

API 1179: provides guidelines related to hydrostatic testing as a tool for integrity management in gas and liquids pipelines. This Technical Report specifically focuses on program design and key parameters for consideration in hydrostatic test programs, as well as potential detrimental effects of hydrostatic testing.

API 14.3 & AGA 3: describe the design and installation parameters for measurement of fluid flow using orifice meters and other devices, and provide a reference for engineering equations, uncertainty estimations, construction and installation requirements, and standardized implementation recommendations for the calculation of flow rate through orifice meters.

API 21.1: describes the minimum specifications for electronic gas measurement systems used in the measurement and recording of flow parameters for custody transfer applications utilizing industry recognized primary measurement devices.

API 2200: discusses guidelines for safe practices while repairing in-service pipelines for hazardous liquids. This Recommended Practice addresses the needs for qualified personnel and advanced planning (including site assessment) to facilitate safe overall repair activities.

API 4.5: covers the use of displacement, turbine, and ultrasonic meters as master meters.

API 4.8: provides information for operating meter provers on single-phase liquid hydrocarbons. It is intended as a reference manual for operating proving systems.

ASME B31Q: is the Pipeline Personnel Qualification standard. Find more information on this qualification standard at ASME.org.

Computational Pipeline Modeling (CPM): a digital method of mapping out a pipeline’s operational conditions and processes to track the flow of a liquid or gas through the pipeline.

FERC Order 636: issued in 1992 to relax service requirements on pipeline firms and gave customers greater purchasing flexibility by separating gas sales from transportation. The order also extended transportation to include storage and allowed end-users with firm transport contracts to sell unused capacity.

GPA 2166: recommends the procedures for obtaining samples from flowing natural gas streams that represent the composition of the vapor phase portion of the system to be analyzed.

High-Consequence Areas (HCAs): defined by PHMSA as a potential impact zone that contains 20 or more structures intended for human occupancy or an identified site. PHMSA identifies how pipeline operators must identify, prioritize, assess, evaluate, repair, and validate the integrity of gas transmission pipelines that could, in the event of a leak or failure, affect HCAs.

  • MCA (Moderate-Consequence Areas or Medium-Consequence Areas): designated areas for gas transmission pipelines.

Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP): included in a bulletin issued by PHSMA informing owners and operators of gas transmission pipelines that if the pipeline pressure exceeds MAOP plus the build-up allowed for operation of pressure-limiting or control devices, the owner or operator must report the exceedance to PHMSA on or before the fifth day following the date on which the exceedance occurs. If the pipeline is subject to the regulatory authority of one of PHMSA’s State Pipeline Safety Partners, the exceedance must also be reported to the applicable state agency.

Mega Rule: a set of new pipeline safety standards issued by PHMSA in October 2019 that brings 500,000 miles of pipeline under federal jurisdiction to ensure the safe transport of gas product.

OQ Integrity Process: is the industry program (OQIP) that strives for a universal approach to meet the PHMSA Operator Qualification Expectations, as developed and created by the industry’s OQ Integrity Coalition.

PHSMA Rule 49 CFR 192: pertains to the transportation of natural and other gas by pipeline.

PHSMA Rule 49 CFR 195: pertains to the transportation of hazardous liquids by pipeline.

Pipeline Safety Act of 2017: allowed the Department of Transportation (DOT) to amend a federal regulation for how to respond to oil spills, calling for PHMSA to consult with the EPA in the event of an oil spill reaching major bodies of water.

Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS): an industry-wide focus to improve pipeline safety, driving toward zero incidents.

PIPES Act of 2016: a public law that was introduced by the U.S. Congress to protect the infrastructure of pipelines and provide enhanced safety in pipeline transportation. The PIPES Act defines the minimum safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities and imposes a user fee for entities that operate underground storage facilities.

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA): the process of assessing potential hazards associated with the transport of gas, liquids, or other substances through a pipeline. The PHA is designed to help pipeline operators improve their decision-making in the event of a hazardous event.

Process Safety Management (PSM): a regulation from the EPA and OSHA that defines how hazardous material is allowed to be used, stored, manufactured, and handled to protect the environment and personnel who work with the substances.

Podcasts

Episode 106: Cyber Security Monitoring & Incident Response with Pascal Ackerman


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features cybersecurity expert Pascal Ackerman of ThreatGEN discussing security monitoring and incident response relevant to the pipeline industry. In this episode, you will learn about the WannaCry ransomware attack, how to use tools to help prevent viruses in your network, the importance of getting the architecture right and maintaining that […]
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Episode 105: PODS for Integrity and Risk Management — A Continuing Conversation with Sam Acheson


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Sam Acheson of PODS continuing the conversation about how the Pipeline Open Data Standard supports pipeline integrity and risk management. In this episode, you will learn about the importance of using technology such as GIS to support integrity management, how to collect and organize location-centric data in a system, […]
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Episode 103: Workload Analysis with Charles Alday


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features pipeline control room expert Charles Alday discussing the important elements of Workload Analysis and how to perform a workload assessment. In this episode, you will learn about the various methods used to analyze workload and fatigue, how to set benchmarks and use data to analyze objective and subjective factors, […]
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Episode 101: Situation Management with Doug Rothenberg


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Doug Rothenberg, a pipeline alarm management expert, discussing the importance of situation management. In this episode, you will learn about situation management, how to improve situation management in your control room through Rothenburg’s book, “Situation Management for Process Control,” and the importance of understanding weak signals as […]
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Episode 96: Process Safety Management and Alarm Management with Stephen Swanson


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Stephen Swanson discussing process safety management (PSM) and pipeline alarm management with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about the opportunity to integrate process safety management and alarm management, the different needs of PSM and alarm management, the cultural challenges associated with knowledge and […]
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Episode 91: The Public Awareness Rule with Bill DeFoor


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Bill DeFoor of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia discussing the PHMSA public awareness rule with Russel Treat. The discussion centers on the PHMSA requirement for effective communication between pipeline operators and stakeholders that include the affected public, emergency officials, local public officials, and excavators. You will also learn […]
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Episode 83: PHMSA GPAC Meeting Update & the Gas Gathering Rule


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat returns from Washington, D.C. with a timely update on the Gas Gathering Rule (Mega Rule). Listen for an important recap of the discussions during the PHMSA GPAC Meetings that advanced the Mega Rule toward final rulemaking. Included were two expected results on data collection from all gathering pipelines and the […]
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Episode 81: Ground Movement and Pipeline Integrity with Bryan Crowe


Bryan Crowe, the COO of SolSpec, joins the Pipeliners Podcast to discuss new technology for supporting pipeline integrity and the inspection of ground movements along pipeline right-of-ways. Listen to host Russel Treat and Mr. Crowe discuss the complexities involved in assessing soil movements, especially in different terrains across the country. Plus, the need to monitor, […]
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Episode 80: Direct Fatigue Monitoring with Clementine Francois


Direct fatigue monitoring is essential for today’s pipeline control room. But, is it really about fatigue mitigation or maximizing alertness to ensure safe operations? To help understand the latest technology available for enhancing alertness, Clementine Francois of Phasya joins Russel Treat on the Pipeliners Podcast to discuss this important topic. Listen for unique insight on […]
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Episode 79: Bellingham Incident 20-Year Anniversary – Personal Story with Larry Shelton


On the 20-year anniversary of the Bellingham Incident in Bellingham, Washington, Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat welcomes retired pipeline professional Larry Shelton to share his first-hand recollections and reflect on the importance of pipeline integrity management. Operations Excellence (OE) is the driving force of Mr. Shelton’s story. He defines OE as “achieving business goals with […]
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Episode 76: Simplifying EFM Data Collection with Adam Hill


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat hosts part two of a conversation with Adam Hill of Kepware/PTC on how to simplify EFM data collection using the latest technology. In this episode, you will learn about the history of data collection in SCADA systems, the difference between the primary data polling protocols, the importance of edge communications […]
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Episode 73: Hydraulic Design for Business Development Professionals with Dan Sensel, Jason Dalton & Kyle Miller


In the fifth of a series of episodes, Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat welcomes the “Three-Phase Flow” trio of Dan Sensel, Jason Dalton, and Kyle Miller from Marathon Pipe Line to discuss the importance of planning and cooperation to maximize hydraulic design. You will learn how changes to pipeline design plans can significantly impact the […]
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Episode 74: AGA 2019 Ops Conference Recap with Russel Treat


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat recaps the 2019 AGA Operations Conference held in late April and early May in Nashville. Russel recaps the most important takeaways and conversations during the conference, his role in hosting a Q&A on the NTSB Most Wanted List with pipeline executives, the results of several […]
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Episode 69: Instrumentation Issues in Leak Detection Systems with Dan Sensel, Jason Dalton & Kyle Miller


In the fourth of a series of episodes, Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat welcomes Dan Sensel, Jason Dalton, and Kyle Miller from Marathon Pipe Line to discuss the ongoing maintenance and monitoring of leak detection systems. The discussion focuses on specific pipeline situations involving instrumentation, leak detection, optimizing alarms, pressure and metering considerations, the accuracy […]
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Episode 65: NTSB “Most Wanted List” for Pipeline Integrity with Marc Lamontagne


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat welcomes back Marc Lamontagne of the Lamontagne Pipeline Assessment Corporation for an important discussion on pipeline integrity, as it relates to the 2019-2020 NTSB “Most Wanted List.” In this episode, you will learn what NTSB is recommending to PHMSA in regards to pipeline inspection, integrity management, and pressure testing. Within […]
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Episode 64: New Gas Gathering Rule with Russel Treat


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat hosts an informative episode dissecting the new Gas Gathering Rule that is advancing through the PHMSA rulemaking process. Find out what you need to know about the rulemaking timeline, what is covered under the new rule, the types of lines that will be brought under the new rule, the importance […]
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Episode 63: Alarm Management and Emergency Response with Ross Adams


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat is joined by control room expert Ross Adams of EnerSys Corporation to discuss two important facets of control room management: alarm management and emergency response. In this episode, you will learn about the importance of advancing from alarm rationalization to Alarm Management, establishing clear definitions in the control room to […]
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Episode 40: New Technology for Inline Inspection with Marc Lamontagne


The Pipeliners Podcast is completing a series on inline inspection with Marc Lamontagne of the Lamontagne Pipeline Assessment Corporation. In this final episode of the series, host Russel Treat and Mr. Lamontagne discuss current and future technology used for ILI. Mr. Lamontagne provides his perspective on the current tools available for ILI, how to use […]
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Episode 62: NTSB “Most Wanted List” for Pipeline Safety with Russel Treat


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat flies solo in this episode discussing the 2019-2020 NTSB “Most Wanted List.” Russel dissects the open safety recommendations published by the NTSB, specifically the safety notices for pipeline operators, gas utilities, PHMSA, and vendors. In addition to listening to the podcast, take the time to review the information and resources […]
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Episode 60: Cyber Vulnerability and Risk Quantification with Clint Bodungen


In this week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode, Russel Treat welcomes back cybersecurity expert Clint Bodungen to discuss the latest developments in cybersecurity, specifically cyber vulnerabilities and quantifying risk. You will learn about the CVSS scoring system that Clint’s team is building upon to create the IVSS system for comprehensive risk quantification calculation for industrial cybersecurity, how […]
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Episode 52: Pipeline SMS with David Murk of API


The Pipeliners Podcast is continuing a series on pipeline safety management systems (SMS) by welcoming David Murk of API for the first time. Russel Treat and David discuss the formation of RP 1173 that set the standard for pipeline SMS systems, how the RP is scalable and flexible to meet the needs of pipeline operators […]
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Episode 51: The Challenge of Alarm Management with Jeremy Coleman


The Pipeliners Podcast welcomes back Jeremy Coleman of Northwest Natural to discuss the challenges of Alarm Management, dating back to the original conceptualization getting the process going. Jeremy and host Russel Treat walk through the timeline of advancing from the concept of Alarm Management to achieving compliance to optimizing Alarm Management for pipeline operations excellence. […]
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Episode 49: Pipeline SLMS Self-Assessment with Yogi Schulz


The Pipeliners Podcast is pleased to welcome first-time guest Yogi Schulz of Corvelle Consulting to discuss the key elements of a SLMS (Safety and Loss Management System) in Canada. You will learn about the differences between pipeline regulations in the U.S. and Canada, the importance of collecting evidence that supports “assurance” for compliance purposes, and […]
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Episode 48: Introduction to Pipeline SMS with Stuart Saulters


The Pipeliners Podcast welcomes Stuart Saulters to discuss the important elements of a pipeline safety management system (SMS). In this episode, you will learn about the industry’s shift to SMS following the pipeline incidents in 2010, how the API RP 1173 was created, the importance of changing the culture in pipeline operations to get the […]
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Episode 46: Tightly Integrated & Loosely Coupled OT with William Gage


In this week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode, Russel Treat welcomes back SCADA and cybersecurity expert William Gage to discuss how to maximize your Operations Technology (OT) capabilities in pipeline systems. William shares his insight on the difference between IT and OT, the role of cybersecurity in OT systems, the importance of risk management, and more valuable […]
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Episode 45: IT/OT Convergence and Risk Management with Clint Bodungen


In this week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode, Russel Treat welcomes back cybersecurity expert Clint Bodungen to discuss the importance of IT/OT convergence to support risk management in pipeline operations. Listen to this episode to learn about how technology is enabling IT and OT to bridge gaps to manage risk, the differences between the cybersecurity needs for […]
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Episode 43: Pipeline Management of Change with Nick Guinn


In this week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode, Russel Treat welcomes back IT and OT professional Nicholas Guinn to discuss the importance of change management in pipeline operations. The conversation focuses on the tug-and-pull between operations and IT, especially in the areas of software implementation and updates, cybersecurity, and field communications. Russel and Nicholas provide actionable information […]
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Episode 39: ILI Data Integration with Marc Lamontagne


The Pipeliners Podcast is continuing a series on inline inspection (ILI) with Marc Lamontagne of the Lamontagne Pipeline Assessment Corporation. In this episode, host Russel Treat and Mr. Lamontagne discuss data. Specifically, what should operators do with all of the data they’re collecting? Mr. Lamontagne provides his perspective on data integration, what to look for […]
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Episode 35: Geometry and Mapping Tools for ILI with Marc Lamontagne


The Pipeliners Podcast is continuing a series on inline inspection (ILI) with Marc Lamontagne of the Lamontagne Pipeline Assessment Corporation. In this episode, host Russel Treat and Mr. Lamontagne discuss the important roles of geometry and mapping for inline inspection. You will learn about the caliper and geometry tools used for inline inspection, why it’s […]
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Episode 34: Ultrasonic for Inline Inspection with Marc Lamontagne


The Pipeliners Podcast is continuing a series on inline inspection (ILI) with Marc Lamontagne of the Lamontagne Pipeline Assessment Corporation. In this episode, host Russel Treat and Mr. Lamontagne discuss the use of ultrasonics for inline inspection. In this episode, you will learn about the use of ultrasonic tools to capture information about corrosion and […]
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Episode 29: MFL for Inline Inspection with Marc Lamontagne


The Pipeliners Podcast is kicking off a new series on inline inspection (ILI) with Marc Lamontagne of the Lamontagne Pipeline Assessment Corporation. Host Russel Treat and Mr. Lamontagne begin the series discussing magnetic flux leakage (MFL) technology. In this episode, you will learn about the value of MFL as the workhorse of inline inspection, how […]
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Episode 28: Leak Alarm Response with Giancarlo Milano


The Pipeliners Podcast is excited to deliver a series of episodes with Giancarlo Milano of Atmos International. In this fifth and final episode of the series on leak detection, Russel Treat and Giancarlo reverse roles with Giancarlo interviewing Russel about leak alarm response. In this episode, you will learn about the technological side of setting […]
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Episode 27: Rupture Detection with Giancarlo Milano


The Pipeliners Podcast is excited to deliver a series of episodes with Giancarlo Milano of Atmos International. In this fourth episode of the series on leak detection, Russel Treat and Giancarlo discuss rupture detection. In this episode, you will learn what type of leak classifies as a rupture, the importance of your systems and measurements […]
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Episode 6: Risk Based Cybersecurity with Clint Bodungen


Do you want to feel instantly smarter? Listen to ICS cybersecurity guru, author, hacker, and educator Clint Bodungen talk about the latest cybersecurity issues and threats affecting the pipeline industry. Learn about the history of cybersecurity, threats that involve national security, and the rapidly-changing technology that helps assess new and unique threats to know how […]
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Episode 10: Inline Pipeline Inspection with Marc Lamontagne


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, you will learn about the important topic of inline pipeline inspection with guest Marc Lamontagne. Included is a discussion of the history of pigging and the three categories of threats to pipeline integrity. You will be in the same position as host Russel Treat walking through the pigging […]
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Episode 12: Measurement Analytics with Bruce Wallace


For the first time on the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat dives into the topic of measurement analytics. To facilitate the discussion of this important topic affecting the future of the pipeline industry, Bruce Wallace of Peak AI Solutions joins Russel to discuss analytics, Big Data, learning algorithms, and more relevant issues. Listeners will learn […]
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Episode 13: Measurement Standard Operating Procedures with Ardis Bartle


Russel Treat welcomes guest Ardis Bartle to the Pipeliners Podcast to discuss the importance of measurement standard operating procedures. In this episode, you will learn about field practice, the contracts and standards in the industry that dictate how SOPs should be implemented, managing legacy procedures that are inherited with an acquired company, and how changes […]
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Episode 14: Fundamentals of Pipeline Leak Detection with Giancarlo Milano


For the first time on the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat dives into the fundamentals of pipeline leak detection with guest Giancarlo Milano of Atmos International. In this episode, you will learn about the fundamentals of leak detection including external and internal prominent approaches to leak detection. Then, Giancarlo walks listeners through various computerized approaches […]
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Episode 16: Cybersecurity Threats and Awareness with Daniel Nagala


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, Russel Treat welcomes Daniel Nagala of UTSI International Corporation to discuss the latest cybersecurity threats and awareness issues facing the pipeline industry. The conversation focuses on what Mr. Nagala has seen in the field — both domestically and internationally — to identify the various challenges facing pipeline operators. […]
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Episode 22: Gamification of Cybersecurity with Clint Bodungen


Industrial Cybersecurity expert Clint Bodungen returns to the Pipeliners Podcast to discuss an important trend for pipeline safety and training: the gamification of cybersecurity. In this episode, you will learn about Clint’s new product designed to enhance the training capabilities in pipeline operations and other relevant industries. Russel and Clint will walk through pipeline incidents […]
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Episode 71: Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization with Keith Coyle


This episode of the Pipeliners Podcast features Russel Treat and first-time guest Keith Coyle discussing the significance of the U.S. pipeline safety law being considered for re-authorization later this year. You will learn about the basic structure of the Pipeline Safety Act that will be discussed for reauthorization, how the reauthorization and appropriation process works […]
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Episode 7: PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committee Meeting Report


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat delivers his take on the PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committee meetings held in December in Washington, D.C. After attending these meetings, Russel relays the information that came out of the discussions, what the conversations were among industry leaders and regulators, and what is coming in the […]
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Episode 98: Natural Gas Appliance Standards with Stuart Saulters


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features returning guest Stuart Saulters for a discussion about gas appliances and gas appliance standards with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn more about Stuart’s move to the American Public Gas Association and what his position entails, the entities APGA serves, and the importance of gas appliance […]
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Episode 118: Introduction to Operator Qualification with Michael Comstock


Michael Comstock, the co-founder and Principal of C&M Regulatory Pipeline Consultants, joins Russel Treat to discuss operator qualification in this edition of the Pipeliners Podcast. In this episode, you will learn about the components of operator qualification, the OQ Rule, and how operator qualification applies to contractors. You will also learn about how operator qualification […]
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Episode 17: Fundamentals of Meter Proving with Jane Williams


This episode of the Pipeliners Podcast captures the importance of meter proving to generate accurate measurements from a pipeline and save companies money. To help identify key issues in the field, Russel Treat welcomes industry expert Jane Williams to the podcast to discuss meter proving, the frequency of conducting proving measurements, how to correctly conduct […]
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Episode 120: Risk Management — How to Start with Justin Shannon


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Justin Shannon of Marathon returning to the podcast to lay out a plan for how to start Risk Management in pipeline operations. In this episode, you will learn about how to start and implement a risk management program, how risk management applies to COVID-19, using risk management to support […]
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Episode 121: An Introduction to Pipeline Corrosion with Bob Franco


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest “Mr. Corrosion” Bob Franco of Franco Corrosion Consulting providing an introduction to the science of corrosion in pipelines. In this episode, you will learn about the basics of corrosion, why cathodic protection is essential when dealing with corrosion, the role of pigging when dealing with corrosion, and […]
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Episode 124: Pipeline Crack Management with Michael Stackhouse


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Michael Stackhouse discussing crack management as part of an integrity management program. In this episode, you will learn about the history of crack assessment, how to understand the nature of cracks and then developing the appropriate response, how to manage assets so that cracks don’t become a […]
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Episode 126: A Conversation With PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott


The Pipeliners Podcast is honored to speak with PHMSA Administrator Howard “Skip” Elliott about his role as a President-appointee overseeing pipeline safety at the federal level. In this conversation with host Russel Treat, you will learn about the role of PHMSA in the federal government, what is required to close the small gap in pipeline […]
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Episode 108: Pipeline Safety from a State Regulator Perspective with Steve Allen


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Steve Allen of Energy Worldnet (EWN) discussing pipeline safety from the perspective of a state regulator with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about the difference in jurisdictions between PHMSA and state regulators, the growing need for pipeline safety management systems at the state […]
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Episode 122: History of Pipeline Inspection with KC Yost


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features pipeline historian KC Yost discussing the history of pipeline inspection in the industry. In this episode, you will learn about the interesting back-story of how pipeline inspection started. You’ll also learn about how the industry has advanced through a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting the material integrity, […]
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Episode 127: Contractors and Pipeline SMS with Steve Allen


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Steve Allen of Energy Worldnet (EWN) discussing Pipeline Safety Management Systems (Pipeline SMS) from the perspective of utilizing contractors and providing training to ensure safety. In this episode, you will learn about improving the safety culture in the oil and gas industry, how construction quality management differs from an […]
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Episode 132: Automating Tasks in the Pipeline Control Room with Vicki Knott


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Vicki Knott of Crux OCM discussing the advancement of innovative and cutting-edge automation capabilities in the pipeline control room. In this episode, you will learn about robotic industrial process automation, how this process can be utilized to support control room personnel, and the challenges of bringing this […]
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Episode 128: Distribution Integrity Management with John Erickson


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest John Erickson of the American Public Gas Association (APGA) discussing the important elements of Distribution Integrity Management for natural gas with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about the history of integrity management, how transmission integrity management differs from integrity management, and how geocentric […]
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Episode 131: Pipeline Operator Qualification & Training with Geoff Isbell & Mayra Maese


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Geoff Isbell and Mayra Maese of Energy Worldnet (EWN) discussing the important elements of pipeline operator qualification and contractor training. In this episode, you will learn about DCA OQIP and key takeaways from the New York State Department of Public Service operator qualifications whitepaper. You will also learn about […]
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Episode 133: Changing Culture in the Pipeline Industry with Coleman Sterling and James Cross


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Coleman Sterling and James Cross of Energy Worldnet (EWN) discussing how the culture is changing in the pipeline industry and the subsequent impact on training. In this episode, you will learn about the evolution of pipeline industry training, achieving efficiencies in training, matching up training with the emotional intelligence […]
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Episode 92: Unique Cyber Security Requirements for Pipelines with Pascal Ackerman


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features cybersecurity expert Pascal Ackerman of ThreatGEN discussing unique requirements and challenges for pipeline operators with host Russel Treat. In this episode, Pascal explains his professional background and how he got into cybersecurity as a profession. He also explains the difference between traditional cybersecurity and ICS cybersecurity and how ICS […]
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Episode 136: Geotechnical Hazards in Pipelining with Jen Holmstadt


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Jen Holmstadt of WSB discussing the process of evaluating geotechnical hazards in pipelining. In this episode, you will learn about complexity around geohazards in pipelining, geohazard assessment methods, and the importance of predictive methods when analyzing geotechnical hazards. You will also learn about the importance of understanding […]
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Episode 90: The Audit as Quality Management with Dan Scarberry


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features pipeline control room expert Dan Scarberry discussing auditing from the perspective of quality management with host Russel Treat. In this episode, Dan explains his background and work experience leading up to his retirement and the event that triggered the start of control room management. He also talks about his […]
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Episode 137: Safe Harbor, Lessons Learned, and Training Impacts with Mary Palkovich


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Mary Palkovich of Consumers Energy discussing the importance of the pipeline industry drawing from other industries to embrace a “safe harbor” approach of sharing information in an effort to increase pipeline safety. In this episode, you will learn about the safe harbor constraints in the pipeline industry, […]
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Episode 30: Trends in Measurement Training with Ardis Bartle


Russel Treat is pleased to welcome back measurement advocate and industry consultant Ardis Bartle to the Pipeliners Podcast to discuss the latest trends in measurement training. The episode is based on the whitepaper on trends in training that Ardis presented at the AGA Operations Conference in June. Ardis discusses her research on where measurement technicians […]
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Episode 134: Public Awareness & New API RP 1162 with John Erickson


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features returning guest John Erickson of the American Public Gas Association (APGA) discussing the revisions to API Recommended Practice 1162 and the impact on public awareness. In this episode, you will learn about the importance of public awareness when dealing with pipeline leaks. You will also learn about how technology […]
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Episode 141: A Lifetime in Pipeline Leak Detection with Jun Zhang


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Dr. Jun Zhang, the CEO and founder of Atmos International, discussing her career in pipeline leak detection. In this episode, you will learn about Dr. Zhang’s educational background, how she started Atmos International, the challenges she faced when starting a company in the pipeline industry, how leak detection technology […]
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Episode 4: Cybersecurity with William Gage


As new technology emerges at a rapid pace, so does the threat of cyber attacks on pipelines. Will Gage, an expert in ICS cybersecurity, joins the Pipeliners Podcast to discuss the two-pronged challenge of (a) ensuring that operators are properly trained on how to use technology and (b) preventing attackers from taking over operations. Will […]
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Episode 77: Determining Batch Arrival Time in Slack Line Operations with Giancarlo Milano


Recorded on-site at PSIG 2019 in London, Russel Treat and Giancarlo Milano of Atmos International discuss the factors that go into determining batch arrival time of product that is moved through a pipeline during slack line operations. This insightful conversation includes a discussion of the variables that affect batch delivery, the importance of communicating accurate […]
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Episode 142: Pipeline Routing, Permitting, and Pre-Construction Planning with Claudia Farrell


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Claudia Farrell of Burns & McDonnell discussing the key factors that go into pipeline routing, permitting, and pre-construction planning. In this episode, you will learn about the processes and planning involved in building a pipeline, typical situations that affect pipeline routing, and the complexity around the pipeline permitting process. […]
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Episode 148: AC Interference Effects and Mitigation with Frank Onesto


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Frank Onesto of Burns & McDonnell discussing the effects of alternating currents (AC) on pipelines and why this matters. In this episode, you will learn about the common impacts of AC on pipelines, the benefits of modern pipeline coatings, and the three AC interference mechanisms that you […]
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Episode 150: Pipeline Construction Planning with Denys Stavnychyi


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Denys Stavnychyi of Burns & McDonnell discussing the key steps that go into pipeline construction. In this episode, you will learn about the five categories of pre-construction planning, the pipeline construction process, the importance of planning vs. correction, and how to navigate the difficulties associated with constructing […]
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