Training

RCP trainers have a wealth of experience with DOT regulations and can provide a practical perspective on their implementation. They are very effective in answering any questions that you have about Section 49 CFR 195 /192 requirements. The workshops also provide an overview of the DOT pipeline regulations in 49 CFR 191, 192, 194, 195, and 199. These workshops describe pipeline operations and engineering concepts.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS

Type Date Location Open Spots
DOT Gas & Liquid Pipeline Workshop March 21-23, 2017 Houston, TX 26 REGISTER NOW! | HOTEL INFO
Webinar: Advantages of TestOp, RCP's Pressure Testing Tool March 22, 2017 @ 2PM CST Houston, TX Unlimited REGISTER NOW!
Webinar: Advantages of TestOp, RCP's Pressure Testing Tool April 19, 2017 @ 2PM CST Houston, TX Unlimited REGISTER NOW!
Fundamentals of Pipeline Operations Workshop May 17-18, 2017 Houston, TX 24 REGISTER NOW!
Pressure Test Workshop June 20-21, 2017 Houston, TX 32 REGISTER NOW!
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A typical workshop agenda includes an introduction to the DOT/PHMSA Pipeline and Agency jurisdictions - what does DOT/PHMSA regulate anyway? After the introduction, the workshop builds upon this platform to provide the participants with a clear understanding of how the process works, including:

  • Important definitions and letters of clarification from the agency
  • Recent EPA/DOI memorandums of understanding
  • State and Federal program variations, roles and responsibilities
  • Design, construction, operations, maintenance, and emergency response requirements
  • Spill response planning requirements
  • How to monitor rulemaking activity and stay current with your compliance program
  • Recent regulatory changes

RCP offers an excellent 3-day workshop in DOT compliance that is appropriate for people who are new to pipeline regulations, who could use a refresher, or anyone who needs to know the recent changes and developments in the regulations. This workshop will address both gas and liquid pipeline topics in parallel, which will eliminate some redundancy of materials, and allow more time for in-depth discussions for each topic. Our staff is up-to-date with the ever-changing DOT rules, so you can be assured of getting quality instruction from professionals in the field.

The workshop is generally led by RCP's professional engineers and regulatory experts, and attracts participants from all over the country. This forum enables you to network with industry and regulatory agency personnel while learning more about the rules and regulations that affect your daily operations.

Background
RCP personnel have established themselves as industry experts, designing, implementing and validating pressure test programs for various operators. Recent PHMSA advisories and pending regulations will soon mandate pressure tests for operating gas and liquid pipelines that have not previously been subjected to pressured leak and strength tests. This course will provide an overview of how to efficiently plan, execute and document pipeline pressure tests that consistently satisfy code requirements as defined by CFR 49 Parts 192 and 195. This forum will also enable you to network with other industry and agency professionals.

Where
RCP's Downtown Houston Office
801 Louisiana St. Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002

Agenda
Our Pressure Testing Workshop will begin by outlining the objectives for performing a pressure test and how that relates to DOT requirements. The workshop will then build upon these foundations to answer many specific pressure testing questions including:

  • What are the different types of tests that are commonly conducted?
  • What is the physical science that drives a pressure test?
  • What are the necessary steps when designing and planning a pressure test?
  • What are the necessary steps when conducting the test i.e. taking the line out of service, filling and pressurizing, and returning to service?
  • What is the required instrumentation and how does it need to be configured?
  • What data is absolutely necessary to validate a pressure test?
  • How do you determine and prove a successful pressure test?
  • What does a good test report look like?

Takeaway
At the completion of this training, participants will understand fully what requirements are driving pressure testing, how to set up a successful pressure test, and how to perform an analysis of the results of the pressure test.

Our training is relevant to your specific facilities and organization and based on real-world experience, ensuring that your employees know how to do their jobs right and in full compliance with the rules and regulations that impact your operations. The sessions range from half-day refresher courses to intense three-day seminars that focus on compliance issues.

RCP is prepared to conduct workshops on-site for your company and tailor the content to your company's specific needs. We can provide all types of training to meet DOT/PHMSA, EPA, USCG regulations, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulations and Enforcement (BOEMRE) formerly known as the MMS. On-site training is a great answer for groups, especially when compared with the cost (including travel) of everyone to attend the public workshop.

This format is great for one-on-one question and answer sessions and can delve into any specific issues of concern. RCP's offices in downtown Houston include a workshop/training room, two conference rooms, and a break room. These are nice, new facilities that incorporate modern audio systems, computer projectors, monitors and high speed internet access that can accommodate web conferencing. While these facilities are intended for RCP's use, they are also available for use by others on a space-available basis, for a fee.

RCP will be hosting a WebEx presentation on TestOp, our new comprehensive pressure testing tool. TestOp is a proprietary web-based application that provides operators with a platform to plan, design, certify and document their pressure tests. For use on gas and liquid lines, with tests using water, nitrogen, natural gas or air, TestOp takes the confusion out of pressure testing by providing real-time determination of whether the test segment is experiencing pipe yielding or air entrapment during the ramp up to spike pressure while also modeling the pressure/temperature relationship of the test to determine if a leak is occurring. TestOp also calculates the MAOP established by the test, the reassessment interval based on federal code requirements, the test factor required based on pipe inputs, and more. We will email you a link 30 minutes prior to the presentation.