NEW Gas Transmission Pipeline Rule Workshop



Join us September 8-10, 2020 in Houston at our corporate office and dedicated training facility for a deep dive into the recently finalized Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines rule. There is a lot to unpack with this rule.  This workshop will not only dive deep into the rule requirements and some of its nuances, but there will be several practical hands-on exercises for the audience to ensure you come away with the knowledge necessary to comply with various elements of the new rule. RCP has partnered with Mike Rosenfeld for portions of this workshop, so you are sure to learn from the best in the industry.


Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for gas transmission operator personnel who are responsible for implementing any part of the rule requirements, including:

  • MAOP Validation and Reconfirmation,
  • Engineering Critical Assessments,
  • Material Verification Planning,
  • Moderate Consequence Area analysis,
  • Spike Test planning and execution,
  • Pipeline Integrity Outside of HCAs.


What You Will Learn

This 3-day workshop provides participants a deep dive into the Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines rulemaking. There will be several practical and interactive exercises for the audience to perform, ensuring they come away knowledgeable with “what” is required, but also “how” to conduct certain analyses that are new to the gas transmission pipeline regulations.


Workshop Topics Include:

  • Introduction to Gas Mega-Rule #1
    • How was the sausage made?
    • Quick look at various effective dates and compliance deadlines
    • What’s to come (rules 2 & 3, FAQ’s, inspections)
    • What is a Material Verification Program?
    • ECA and fracture mechanic records
    • Practical exercise (creating sample populations and sampling plan)
    • Calculating predicted failure pressure of various defects
      • Corrosion metal loss analysis techniques
        • Practical exercise (B31G)
      • Cracks and crack-like defects
        • Fracture mechanics techniques
        • Crack growth and remaining life modeling from ILI data
        • Crack growth and remaining life modeling from pressure test and Charpy v-notch data
        • Practical exercises (crack growth analysis, fracture mechanics)
      • Interactive threat analysis
      • Calculation of MAOP based upon lowest predicted failure pressure
    • Remaining life analysis
      • Calculating predicted growth of largest defect since last subpart J test
      • Methods to establish next assessment
      • Practical exercises (remaining life modeling using ILI and pressure test data)
    • Other technologies available
      • What is available now outside of 192.632 and any new research on the horizon?
      • PHMSA notification requirements
  • Changes related to MAOP
    • TVC vs. Non TVC records while conducting MAOP validation
    • Reconfirmation options and practical exercises
  • Verification of Pipe Materials
    • Creating sampling populations
    • Types of material sampling methods, applicability and limitations
    • Sample planning
      • How much to sample until I am done?
      • What if I don’t find what was expected?
      • Non-line pipe sampling
  • Engineering Critical Assessment
    • What is an ECA?
    • What data is necessary and/or relevant to conduct an ECA
      • ILI data, tolerance considerations, field validation, unity plots
      • Conservative assumption requirements
      • What to do with missing data (conservative assumptions)
  • Integrity assessments outside HCA’s
    • MCA definition and example exercises
    • Assessment deadlines
    • Assessment types and applicability
    • Discovery and disposition of defects
  • Spike testing
    • Applicability
    • Planning for spike testing
    • Stress strain curve analysis
    • Practical exercise (planning and executing a spike test, TestOp)


Workshop Materials

Each attendee will receive copies of workshop presentations as well as applicable handouts in a hardcopy notebook.


About the Trainers

RCP trainers have a wealth of industry experience and provide participants a practical perspective on operations and maintenance activities at a level all can understand and are very effective in answering any questions.

Mr. Rosenfeld is an experienced consultant in pipeline fitness for service, pipeline integrity, pipeline design and construction, causes of pipeline failures, pipeline regulations and standards, and related matters. He has performed numerous pipeline failure investigations and root cause failure analyses; research funded by the pipeline industry on the effects of mechanical damage, fatigue, pipeline integrity threat interactions, and methods to determine the probable grade of undocumented pipe materials; engineering analyses of a broad range of design, operations, or integrity matters for numerous pipeline operators; and provided expert support in litigation. He chairs the Subgroup on Design, Materials, and Construction of the ASME B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Committee and serves on other ASME piping standards development committees. Mr. Rosenfeld has authored or co-authored over 90 published articles or public presentations dating to 1988, is an ASME Fellow, and is a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Ohio. He previously worked with Kiefner & Associates (27 years), Battelle (6 years), and Impell Corporation (4 years). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan (1979) and a Master of Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1981).

Chris Foley has a deep understanding of the new gas transmission regulation, including participating on the Joint Industry Trade Association Task Group to prepare for and submit comments throughout the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee process.  Mr. Foley owns three patents for MaxOp, which is widely considered the gold standard used across the gas and hazardous liquid pipeline industry for MAOP validation. He serves on the ANSI GPTC Z380 Gas Piping Technology Committee and the American Gas Association Engineering Committee.  Mr. Foley has almost 30 years' experience developing and implementing engineering and regulatory compliance solutions and technology for the oil and gas industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with a specialty in Systems Safety Engineering from Texas A&M University.



Workshop Cost


*Early Individual

Late Individual

*Early Group
(3 or more)

Late Group
(3 or more)





* If registered two weeks prior to start of workshop. Cancellations made less than 1 week prior to class are non-refundable, but may be credited toward future workshops. If 3 or more attendees are registering separate, we can give you a discount code.

  • When

  • September 8, 2020 - September 10, 2020
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Central Time

  • Where

  • RCP Headquarters
    801 Louisiana St
    Suite 200
    Houston, Texas 77002

  • Capacity

  • 32 (32 remaining)

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