NGA Gas System Engineering Design Review Webinar Series March 8 & 9, 2021

Gas System Engineering Design Review Webinar Series

A Safety Management System Perspective

March 8 & 9, 2021

Analysis of several recent industry incidents has revealed an opportunity for safety improvements specifically focused on Gas System Engineering Design Review (EDR). A properly executed design review process incorporates a holistic approach to maximize safety assurance and reduce overall risk from design, construction, modifying and commissioning of pipeline assets. Following the Merrimack Valley incident in Massachusetts in September 2018, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made several recommendations including development of an engineering plan and constructability review process coupled with the requirement for a professional engineer's (PE) seal.

The Northeast Gas Association, drawing upon the expertise and support of membership and the Blacksmith Group, has developed an Engineering Design Review Guideline to help address the intent of these recommendations with a focus on maximizing public safety value. In parallel, The Gas Technology Institute has developed The Competent Engineer Certificate Program which is intended to help operators further demonstrate competency of those involved in the design approval process. The Guideline offers a process-based, multi-layered review approach by a competent team of individuals that complements and assures the safety value of a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) when a PE is used. The EDR Process is strengthened through incorporation of key Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS) elements including:

  • Leadership
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Risk Management
  • Operational Controls/ Management of Change
  • Safety Assurance
  • Competency, Awareness & Training
  • Continuous Improvement, including incident investigation

In summary, the EDR Guideline conforms to the practices and requirements of API RP 1173 Pipeline Safety Management Systems which serves as a foundation for systematizing and strengthening the EDR process focused on gas distribution system operations.

Join NGA, GTI, The Blacksmith Group and a host of industry and regulatory leaders in this Engineering Design Review Workshop event to further explore and discuss this unique approach to safety assurance and risk mitigation through a properly executed engineering design review process.

The Workshop event includes the following key focus areas:

1. Review of Industry Over-Pressurization Incidents Leading to NTSB Recommendations

2. Critical Principles and Elements of The Design Review Process

3. Demonstrating Competency - The GTI Competent Engineer Certificate Program

4. Executing a Design Review Process from Initial Design through Commissioning Assets

5. Design Review Checklists Focused on Gas Distribution Construction

6. Connecting Pipeline Safety Management System Elements to Design Review, Execution and

Commissioning Assets

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NGA Member Fee: $395.00

Non-Member Fee $595.00

(Participation is complimentary for Federal & State Regulatory Personnel)

Note: Your fee includes a copy of the Northeast Gas Association Guideline for Gas System Engineering Design Review

If you have any questions or need assistance registering, please contact Heather Vieira at [NGA CONTENT]