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UAS for Utilities: 4 part webinar series :: October 17, 19, 24 and 26, 2017 :: Online
This 4 part webinar series provides guidance and insight into the issues that the power industry needs to consider as Unmanned Aerial Systems are employed at an ever increasing rate. Topics include:
  • UAS Regulatory Landscape
  • Legal and contractual issues
  • Removing barriers of entry and getting a UAS/Drone program started
  • A hybrid system of internal expertise and outside contractors
  • Use case development
  • Increasing safety and security while reducing risk
  • Value stream determination
  • Data acquisition and management
  • Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Operations
  • Cyber Security
OSHA for Oil and Gas: Regulations, Auditing and Enforcement :: October 26, 2017 :: New Orleans, LA
The fatality and incident rate in the oil & gas sector remains one of the highest in the U.S. And real life disasters, such as the Texas City refinery explosion, emphasize why it is so crucial to improve the safety culture in the industry. In many respects, industry is moving in the right direction by beginning to emphasize leading rather than lagging indicators. However, there is still work to do.
Given the high risk of oil and gas work, the diversity of projects, the remote nature of the operations, and the fact that many employees and supervisors are new to this industry, there is a critical need to expand safety auditing to ensure best practices across all sectors of the supply chain, from upstream drillers, well servicing teams, and frack crews at the well site to pipeline construction crews and operators and refinery workers.
In OSHA for Oil and Gas, we review safety auditing best practices, employee and contractor safety as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s
(OSHA's) regulations and enforcement initiatives.
This course will map out the overall project development process focusing on points when transactions happen and what contracts might come into play. Discussion will include Wind, Solar and Energy Storage projects. The course will also address how current issues may be affecting the industry, including the SolarWorld trade case, growing utility interest in ownership, grid security, battery storage and the PTC/ITC step down.
In addition, the pre-course workshop, PPA 101, will examine the power purchase agreement in detail and also touch on some other typical project contracts.
PHMSA Regulations and Enforcement: What’s Next for Pipeline Safety? :: 2 Dates and Locations, December 6, 2017 in Houston, TX and January 11, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is almost a year into its transition to a new Administration. As the months pass, questions abound on the prospects for the numerous rulemakings currently underway at the agency. Numerous rules were prompted by statutory mandates from the 2011 and 2016 amendments to the Pipeline Safety Laws, while others reflect policy determinations of the outgoing administration. Join us for an update on PHMSA rulemakings and policies and a discussion of what may be next for pipeline safety.
Effectively managing pipeline environmental hazards (river systems, unstable slopes and earthquakes) is becoming a major focus for operators and regulators. Between 2003 and 2013, natural forces (e.g. severe weather, landslides, floods) damaged 85 pipelines resulting in failure.
Collectively termed, geohazards, can represent significant risks for pipeline operators. Failures from geohazards can result in costlier spills and longer service disruptions than traditional mechanical failures.
Recently, the Pipeline Hazard Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has increased focus on managing environmental hazards to pipeline integrity. A number of Notice of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs) and completed rules require pipeline operators to incorporate geohazard risk assessments in their integrity management (IM) plans. This training will provide participants with a cradle to grave approach for managing pipeline geohazards. This class will use water crossings as a case study for geohazard risk assessment and preparations required for releases.