This class has been canceled.

Advanced Pipeline Design:
HDD/Hot Tapping & Stopping Workshop

Workshop Summary

This 3-day workshop takes you through the issues and concerns related to pipeline hot tapping and stopping as well as HDD design. The workshop is built around activities that re-enforce the concepts discussed, all tied to real-life scenarios. Specific topics covered include tapping and stopping process review, in-service welding and field considerations for the tapping and stopping portion. In the HDD design portion, topics will consist of site layout requirements, stress calculations and geotechnical issues.

During this workshop, we plan to:

  • Highlight branch connections and re-enforcement of tapped openings
  • Pay special attention to safe work procedures
  • Build the HDD vocabulary and understanding to aid in better conversations with industry experts
  • Discuss current limitations of the trenchless construction industry
  • Apply all the concepts discussed to case studies


Attendees will qualify for 22 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and a Level 3 Natural Gas Industry Inline Inspection Expert badge from Credly upon completion.

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers responsible for pipeline design or providing pipeline O&M support
  • Managers responsible for pipeline operations and maintenance
  • Marketing and support staff who can benefit from an overall understanding of design requirements for gas pipelines
  • Employees of companies who provide technical services and products to the gas pipeline industry

Registration Information

  • Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverage breaks
  • Meeting materials will be sent ahead via email to attendees for downloading.
  • All attendees will need to bring a scientific calculator for this workshop and their laptop to access materials.
  • For Registration Information Please Contact Member Services
  • For Content Information Please Contact Martha Stedman



Credly Digital Badge

Level 3 Natural Gas Industry Inline Inspection Expert

SGA has partnered with Credly, the leader in digital credentials, to certify the recipients have a dynamic understanding of establishing and managing an inline inspection program that contributes optimum value toward improved pipeline integrity. They have a working knowledge of the following: principles of design and operation of key systems of an intelligent pig, attributes of data analysis processes, prioritizing for inspection, repair and replacement assessments, inspection efficiency and speed control of pigs.


Level 3 Natural Gas Industry Inline Inspection Experts with this credential must have completed the prerequisite of Southern Gas Association’s Practical Inline Inspection course in addition to Advanced Inline Inspection. Additionally, they must be currently employed and have professional, technical or field exposure that is directly attributed to the natural gas industry.

Meet Your Instructors

Rob Friesen, P.E., P. Eng. with Farnsworth, Group Inc.

Rob has over 30 years of experience in the natural gas transmission and distribution pipeline industry. His tenure includes consulting engineering and operating company positions in both Canada and the U.S. Throughout his career, Rob has fulfilled roles in design engineering, project management, operations support and management.

Stephen Winkeler, P.E., Project Manager with Farnsworth Group, Inc.

Stephen has over 11 years of experience in the hydrocarbon liquids transportation and natural gas transmission industries. Throughout his career, Stephen has fulfilled roles in construction oversight, design engineering, and project management.


From CST


The Williams Company
Williams Tower, Room 670
2800 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

Registration Information
Member $1,455
Non-Member $1,890

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy “B” when cancellation is required.

Have any questions? Contact us.