DOT workshop


DOT Compliance for Natural Gas Pipeline Operators Workshop 


About This Workshop

When people hear the word "regulations" they grow concerned about weaving through the maze of Federal Register documents to find what they are looking for. In addition, there is the challenge of reading and really understanding what the regulations say and more importantly what they mean. That is no different than understanding and applying what is commonly referred to in the industry as the "DOT Regulations."More specifically, those in our industry must understand 49 CFR Part 190, 191 & 192. Just looking through the table of contents can be daunting for a newcomer to the industry or those who are transitioning into positions within their organization that require them to understand the regulations. This workshop provides attendees an opportunity to learn from subject matter experts in the industry with the instructors, but also allows them the opportunity to network with one another and develop connections to reach out to upon your return to your office. This workshop will address the upcoming Mega Rule Changes including discussions of the new requirements, and a review of situations when the new requirements would be triggered. In addition, what is TVC (Traceable Verifiable and Complete) and the newest technologies available to meet requirements.


Attendees will receive 15 Professional Development Hours upon completion


Who Should Attend (space is limited to 25 attendees)

  • Individuals working with pipeline safety regulators (state or federal)
  • Individuals in the compliance group of a Natural Gas Company
  • Individuals performing design, construction or post-construction inspection or testing activities
  • Individuals supervising personnel who perform operations or maintenance activities
  • Individuals with subject matter expertise in operations, maintenance or corrosion control
  • Individuals involved in integrity management activities
  • Individuals performing audits of pipeline safety activities and records
  • Individuals in the legal department and involved with pipeline safety
  • Individuals in a management role responsible for pipeline engineering or operations


When & Where 

May 20-21, 2020 | 8:00am-5:00pm   


NiSource Training Center               

1812 Coyote Drive

Chester, VA 23836


  Registration fees (open to the public):

  Member: $825

  Non-Member: $1,195


Join us for this two-day workshop that will guide attendees through code focusing on the regulations that have been found to be highly debated for operators.  We will also be reviewing and understanding how to access and read the code interpretations that are publicly available for all to access.

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Experienced Instructor | John S. Zurcher, Principal, P-PIC

John has spent 30 years in the gas pipeline industry, actively involved in pipeline safety. He served as vice president of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, Pipeline Group, consulting to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators, trade associations and research organizations, Previously, he worked for Columbia Gas Transmission Company as manager of field services, responsible for company compliance with federal regulations, management of capital budget programs, and development of the corporation's risk management program.

At Tenneco Energy, he was director of pipeline services, where he oversaw corrosion control, geographic information system development, applied systems, and pipeline rehabilitation, integrity, and safety projects. With PanEnergy Corporation, Coastal Corporation, and Colorado Interstate Gas Company, his duties included design and operations, codes and standards, corrosion control, telecommunications, geographic information systems, and facility design and construction.

John is presently a member of NACE and ASME and serves on the B31.8 Section Committee. John has been chair of the INGAA Pipeline Safety Committee and the GRI System Integrity and System Operations Committee. He was a member of the DOT Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, the DOT Risk Management Quality Action Team and their Mapping Quality Action Team. He has testified on behalf of the industry before the U. S. Congress on several occasions on matters relating to pipeline safety.


Hotels Nearby

Courtyard by Marriott Richmond

Holiday Inn Express Chester

Homewood Suites Chester



Business Casual


Refund Policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "B"   when cancellation is needed.


For registration information please contact Member Services

For content information please contact Learning & Professional Development