SGA Operations & Engineering Webinars

2019 Regulatory Update Package

The natural gas pipeline industry in the United States strives to design, build and operate the pipeline system safely and reliably. To achieve these objectives across the approximately 300,000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines, government regulations, technical standards and good practices all play a role.


 Member Price: $145 per package | Non-Member Price: $290 per package -  Each Webinar Package includes 3 separate Webinars.

Want to learn more? Contact the SGA Learning and Development staff.  





Webinar One

Pipeline Safety Reauthorization

May 1, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CT

The Office of Pipeline Safety of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is responsible for carrying out a national program to ensure the safe, reliable, and environmentally-sound operation of the nation’s natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline transportation system. The Office of Pipeline Safety's Standards & Rulemaking division periodically issues rulemaking documents that propose or adopt changes to the regulations.

PHMSA has advisory committees mandated by law. PHMSA informally refers to the committees as the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC). When referenced together, the two are known as the Pipeline Advisory Committees (PAC).

Congress will meet this year to discuss legislation to reauthorize the Pipeline Safety Act (PSA). There have been several incidents that have affected the industry in recent years and it remains to be seen if Congress will impose new amendments to the act. While the reauthorization proposals may vary, this presentation will help provide context to the topics being discussed on pipeline safety.

At the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define pipeline safety reauthorization.
  • Identify the potential reauthorization issues being addressed in 2019.
  • Explain how potential reauthorization issues may affect an operator’s ability to meet new and existing regulations.
  • Apply the outcomes from the 2019 reauthorization to prioritize your preparation.
  • Locate resources to provide additional information on pipeline safety issues during the 2019 reauthorization.

Target Audience:

  • Regulatory Specialists
  • Pipeline Integrity Management Specialists
  • Operations & Engineering Specialists: Frontline to Manager/Director level


Meet the Experts


Jeff Wiese

Vice President and National Practice Leader for Pipeline Integrity Service. In this role, he leads the management and delivery of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Integrity solutions that help clients develop, operate and maintain critical energy infrastructure safely and reliably.

Prior to joining TRC, Wiese served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), where he directed 350 employees and executed a budget of roughly $200 million. In this capacity, he collaborated across the Department of Transportation, with Executive Branch agencies, Congressional committees and oversight offices, pipeline companies, major pipeline trade organizations, state government representatives, public and private sector emergency responders, and public safety and environmental advocates.

Throughout his 17-year career with PHMSA, Wiese managed a range of programs, including strategic direction; personnel and budget development and oversight; data-driven and risk-based regulatory inspection and enforcement; research programs; land-use management practices; excavation damage prevention; oil spill preparedness and response; continuity of operations and government activities and two Federal Advisory Committees.

Wiese holds a B.A. in General Science from Grinnell College and an M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.


Webinar Two

ASME B31.8 and B31.8S Revision

May 8, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CT

Technical standards written and periodically updated by various authorized standards organizations describe good practices in many aspects of pipeline design, construction, maintenance and operation. Some of the standards organizations active in establishing and updating applicable standards are:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)

Each of these organizations has a committee structure of industry and technical experts who do the preparation of the content of the standards. In January of 2019, ASME B31.8 and B31.8S members worked and enhance the code. The focus of ASME B31.8 is the design, fabrication, installation, and testing of pipeline facilities used for the transportation of gas. B31.8S provides operators with information necessary to develop and implement an effective integrity management program. ASME B31.8 and B31.8S are republished every 2 years and the most recent versions were released in 2018. Some key items that were changed or added in ASME B31.8 include:

  • Definitions of EFV and vortex-induced vibration
  • Design to prevent local buckling and global lateral instability
  • Liquid removal equipment requirements
  • Alternative design pressure formulas were added that included US Units and SI Units
  • Updated Charpy V-notch absorb energy formulas
  • EFV installation requirements
  • Requirements for damage prevention inspections and suggestions on how to assess a damage prevention program for effectiveness
  • Pipe repair using nonmetallic composite requirements
  • Leak testing for pipe repair
  • Instructions for estimating strain in dents was rewritten


At the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the recent revisions made to ASME B31.8 and B31.8S.
  • Explain the qualitative improvements made to the applicability of ASME B31.8 and B31.8S.
  • Evaluate strains of deformation in pipe indentations more accurately through the use of a less restrictive criteria.
  • Locate the latest published interpretations of ASME B31.8 and B31.8S


Target Audience:

  • Regulatory Specialists
  • Pipeline Integrity Management Specialists
  • Operations & Engineering Specialists: Frontline to Manager/Director level


Meet the Experts

Mike Rosenfeld

Mike Rosenfeld

Michael J. Rosenfeld, PE recently retired from Kiefner & Associates and Kiefner/Applus after a 27 year career there. He is now a principal member with RSI Pipeline Solutions LLC, which provides consulting services in pipeline reliability, safety, and integrity.  He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan (1979) and a MS in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1981).

The focus of Mr. Rosenfeld’s career has been on oil and gas pipeline integrity since joining Kiefner & Associates, Inc. (KAI) as Senior Structural Engineer in 1991.  He then served as President from 2001 to 2011.  While at KAI, he performed numerous pipeline failure investigations, stress analyses of buried pipelines subjected to geotechnical and live loadings, fitness for service evaluations for pipelines affected by various degraded conditions, developed technical procedures for integrity management planning, and carried out industry-funded research on pipeline damage mechanisms.  Mr. Rosenfeld is a current member of the ASME B31.8 Gas Transmission & Distribution Piping Section Committee, the ASME B31 Mechanical Design Technical Committee, the ASME B31 Standards Committee, and the ASME Board of Pressure Technology Codes & Standards.  He is also ASME Professional Development’s designated instructor for the B31.8 Code seminar and was the primary author of the recent major revision to ASME B31G.  He is an ASME Fellow and has authored a number of papers and articles on pipeline-related subjects. 


Webinar Three

An ANPRM to update the Class Location Change requirements, considering the benefits accrued by Integrity Management

May 15, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CT

Several industry associations advocate on behalf of their membership. They may write white papers or submit letters of recommendation or give presentations to regulators or standards committees. Some of these associations are:

  • American Gas Association (AGA)
  • Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA)

The Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeks public comment on existing class location requirements for natural gas transmission pipelines at 49 CFR part 192, specifically as they pertain to actions operators are required to take following class location changes due to population growth near the pipeline. Operators have suggested that performing integrity management measures on pipelines where class locations have changed due to population increases would be an equally safe but less costly alternative to the current requirements of either reducing pressure, pressure testing, or replacing pipe. The ANPRM continues a line of discussion from a Notice of Inquiry published in 2013 and a Report to Congress in 2016 regarding whether expanding integrity management requirements would mitigate the need for class location requirements.   


At the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain the history of the Class Location Change requirements.
  • Identify key elements of PHMSA’s Class Location Change ANPRM.
  • Paraphrase stakeholder comments.
  • Determine if the Class Location Change rulemaking will impact your organization.
  • Perform in PHMSA’s rulemaking process.


Target Audience:

  • Regulatory Specialists
  • Pipeline Integrity Management Specialists
  • Operations & Engineering Specialists: Frontline to Manager/Director level


Meet the Experts


C.J. Osman

C.J. Osman is the Director of Operations, Safety and Integrity for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA).  INGAA advocates regulatory and legislative positions on behalf of the natural gas pipeline industry. 

C.J. is responsible for directing the association’s efforts to promote sound federal safety policy for the operations of interstate natural gas pipelines and storage facilities.  C.J. evaluates regulatory, legislative, technological and operational developments, and he creates strategies for advancing effective, practical and technology-driven safety practices and regulations.

Prior to joining INGAA in 2016, C.J. held engineering and construction management roles for an oil and gas operator, working on a variety of upstream and midstream projects in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. He received degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Vanderbilt University.