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By - Jon Brown

Introduction to the Pipeline and Waterbody Risk Assessment
Performance-Based Approach to Managing Risk in New and Existing Pipelines
August 14, 2017 | Houston, TX

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With over 2.5 million miles of natural gas and liquid pipelines and a growing number of pipeline incidents causing death, injury and environmental damage, both Congress and the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) want pipeline companies to pay special attention to pipeline integrity issues at waterbody crossings.

Pipeline operators and integrity specialists understand the problem, but PHMSA has only provided general guidelines for the industry. The Pipeline and Waterbody Risk Assessment (PWRA) discussed in this course is a new tool that can be used for compliance purposes, but more importantly, it can reduce the risk of an incident at a pipeline waterbody crossing in the first place. By assessing pipeline risks at waterbodies, the PWRA allows pipeline companies to take corrective actions before a pipeline incident (pipeline exposure, damage to pipeline, or unanticipated release of product), rather than react to an actual leak or catastrophic event.  Based on engineering, hydrology and geoscience, the PWRA should give pipeline operators and federal and state regulators responsible for protecting public safety, water quality, and coastal resources, more confidence in a pipeline company’s ability to reduce risks at waterbodies for both existing and proposed pipeline projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide an overview of pipeline and waterbody risk assessment (PWRA)
  • Discuss business and regulatory drivers, including increased risks, insurance, and litigation, as well as PHMSA and ASME Code B31.8
  • Describe stream and river channel natural processes
  • Address static and dynamic risks to pipelines
  • Review solutions and future problems regarding pipelines around water
  • Evaluate PWRA as a tool to understand risk
  • Participate in an exercise focused on pipeline and waterbody risk assessment



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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, group discussion


Monday, August 14, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Pipeline & Waterbody Risk Assessment

  • An approach and tool to manage pipeline integrity and reduce incidents
  • Building a case for pipeline stability at waterbody crossings
  • What it is and how was it developed
  • Benefits

Business and Regulatory Drivers

  • Increasing opposition to new pipeline proposals because of rising incidents
  • Increased risks, insurance and litigation
  • FERC and other Federal/State agencies involved in permitting
  • PHMSA and ASME Code B31.8

Stream and River Channel Natural Processes

  • Fluvial what?
  • Overview of sediment transport
  • Lateral migration and vertical scour
  • Timescales
  • Non-geomorphic risks

Risk Factors

  • Static and dynamic risks to pipelines
  • Landscape scale
  • Local scale
    • Exercise: Site Evaluation
  • Non-geomorphic risks
  • Pipeline and Waterbody Risk Assessment: Understanding the risks

Solutions (and Future Problems?)

  • Traditional vs. “natural” channel design methods
  • The future
    • Unintended consequences
    • Uncertainty at waterbodies
    • Increased development in the watershed

PWRA as a Tool to Understand Risk

  • PWRA Phase I: Desktop analysis
    • Data inputs
    • Key components of the analysis
    • Example
    • Risk ranking at waterbody crossings
  • PWRA Phase II: Verification of risk
    • Field visit
    • Data collection and analysis
    • Example
    • Outcomes of PWRA Phase II

Review Exercise: Build It Wider, Bury It Deeper, or Re-Route It?

Group Q&A


Tyler Kreider, Ecological Engineer, Kleinschmidt Group

Tyler Kreider serves as an Ecological Engineer for Kleinschmidt Group. He has an M.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a B.S. in Environmental Resource Engineering from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He’s a Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.


Tom Russo, Principal, Russo on Energy LLC

Tom Russo is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) who specializes in physical security and resiliency of natural gas, oil and NGL pipelines and facilities.

Prior to founding Russo on Energy LLC in May 2015, Mr. Russo worked for over 30 years as a Manager and Sr. Energy Industry Analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During that time, he worked on natural gas and crude oil infrastructure and markets, NEPA environmental impact assessment and hydropower matters.  He also assisted FERC’s new Energy Infrastructure Security Office with understanding physical and cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities to natural gas, oil and gas-fired power projects.

Mr. Russo is a native of Brooklyn, New York, graduated with a MBA in Finance from the George Washington University and a MS in Biology from the University of Alabama.



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